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Hugo’s Temporarily Closes For Much-Needed Kitchen Remodeling

Don’t freak out — it’s going to be back soon

Hurry back, Hugo’s
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Earlier this year, Eater national critic Bill Addison named Houston’s own Hugo’s as one of the country’s essential restaurants. Considering that designation may soon bring hordes of new diners, the restaurant is taking a little time to revamp its space, and closing the doors in the meantime.

CultureMap reports that Hugo’s has temporarily closed its doors in order to replace the tile in the kitchen, which means that you can go ahead and stop preparing your eulogies for that excellent mole sauce. The restaurant plans to get its kitchen back in order today, and will reopen its doors on Friday, though when exactly remains to be seen.

There’s a lot of change going on for Hugo’s chef Hugo Ortega and his business partner (and wife) Tracy Vaught. At present, the duo is working hard to ramp up for the opening of Xochi, their much-anticipated, brand new concept that’s set to soon debut at the Marriott Marquis in Downtown Houston.