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Justin Yu’s Theodore Rex Sustains Damage In Hurricane Harvey Flooding

The forthcoming hotspot and more local eateries have been severely impacted by the storm

Severe flooding in the Heights has shuttered King’s Bierhaus
King’s Bierhaus/Facebook
Amy McCarthy is a staff writer at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

As the floodwaters rose across Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a number of the city’s restaurants are reporting extensive damage to their buildings.

Chef Justin Yu, who has been furiously preparing to open his new restaurant Theodore Rex, said on Sunday that the building (formerly known as Oxheart) at 1302 Nance had completely flooded over the weekend. As such, the restaurant’s opening — originally expected to arrive sometime later this month — has likely been delayed.

Over in the Heights, King’s Bierhaus was also damaged. “There’s absolute devastation in the surrounding area of the Bierhaus in the Heights,” reads a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “We’ll be closed for some time. When we do open up, the [first] thing we have to do as a community is a fundraiser to help those families who have lost everything. We will come together and we will all work to make a difference.”

Closer to the water, Kemah’s Eculent will be closed for the foreseeable future as its owners attempt to rebuild. “We have been unable to get to the restaurant, but police have informed us that all businesses are under water,” said Eculent’s owner in a statement on Facebook. “We will rebuild.”

Considering that many Houstonians are still largely stuck inside their homes, it’s likely that there will be much more damage to report in the coming days. Stay tuned for more updates as information becomes available.