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Beloved Houston Restaurant Kitchen 713 Closes Abruptly

The “global soul food” spot was a critical darling

Farewell to this perfect fried chicken
Bill Addison
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This weekend, critically-acclaimed Houston restaurant Kitchen 713 served its final plates of perfect fried chicken.

The restaurant closed its doors for good over the weekend, according to CultureMap. No official reason for the shutter has been given by chef and co-owner James Haywood other than that he and the restaurant’s co-owner Ross Coleman are “burned out,” and looking forward to time outside of the kitchen. A new restaurant from the duo is possibly in the works for the future, but it’s unclear whether or not it will be a facsimile of Kitchen 713.

The current iteration of Kitchen 713 is its second. Originally, the restaurant opened in 2014 on Canal Street, then closed in 2016 to move to its second location at 4601 Washington Avenue. In its new home, Kitchen 713 earned a bounty of critical accolades, including designation as one of Eater’s 38 essential Texas restaurants. When Eater national critic Bill Addison reviewed Kitchen 713 in early 2017, he described the restaurant as the kind of restaurant that every city needs.

No word yet on what Coleman and Haywood have planned next, but Haywood does plan to host pop-up dinners during his downtime. Stay tuned for more details on what’s coming next.