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Viking-Inspired Restaurant Ship & Shield Couldn’t Weather Hurricane Harvey

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The restaurant wasn’t open a year before the storm hit

So long, Ship & Shield
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After a little more than a year of serving up Viking-inspired fare, Ship & Shield has officially closed its doors.

The restaurant announced its closure on Facebook on Friday, blaming a “lack of revenue” caused by Hurricane Harvey for the shutter. “We gave it our best shot and I’m sure most people understand the difficulty of operating and maintaining a successful restaurant,” reads the statement. “I truly believed in the concept but circumstances just did not fall our way. I’m sorry to those of you that loved and believed in the theme as much as I did…perhaps someday we can try again!”

Ship & Shield is just the latest in a parade of closures caused by Hurricane Harvey, including Peska Seafood Culture, Liberty Kitchen’s Garden Oaks outpost, and 15-year-old bar Drink Houston. When Harvey hit in August, economists predicted that damage from the storm and displaced workers would hit the city’s restaurant scene hard, which means that these closures could keep coming for the foreseeable future.

No word yet on what Ship & Shield owner Hans Gerner plans to do next.

Dear patrons, Due to the lack of revenue as a result of Hurricane Harvey, Ship & Shield has had to close its...

Posted by Ship & Shield on Thursday, December 7, 2017