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Cherry Pie Hospitality Finds New Owner for Heights Restaurants [Updated]

Also, the hospitality group closed its bakery Petite Sweets

Julie Soefer

Cherry Pie Hospitality, the restaurant group behind spots like Pi Pizza and Star Fish, is slowly dissolving.

The company has sold Pi Pizza and Star Fish. A new application filed with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission indicates that the new listed manager for both restaurants is Michael Sambrooks of Montrose barbecue favorite The Pit Room. A limited liability corporation associated with the two entities formed to purchase these restaurants also indicates that Sambrooks has purchased Lee’s Fried Chicken and Donuts, also in the Heights. About a week after Eater’s story, Sambrooks confirmed the purchase in a statement on Tuesday.

Petite Sweets, the Houston bakery owned by Cherry Pie Hospitality, also served its final macarons over the weekend. The bakery called it quits on Saturday, according to CultureMap, and is Cherry Pie Hospitality’s first major closure after the departure of partner Lee Ellis. Co-owner Susan Molzan did not provide any further details on Petite Sweets’ shutter, but it comes at the end of a rough couple of weeks for Cherry Pie Hospitality.

The company was locked out of the Heights spaces that house its restaurants Pi Pizza and Star Fish earlier this month, forcing both to shutter for a day as a “banking snafu” was sorted out. The company recently sold State Fare, its casual Gessner Boulevard restaurant, to a new operator. As Eater reported previously, Cherry Pie Hospitality is currently being sued for $1 million by the landlord of the space that was planned to house Lee’s Creamery in the Heights. In that suit, the landlord claims that Cherry Pie and Ellis’s company Four Boys and a Girl allegedly did not comply with the terms of the lease, including a failure to complete construction on the space at 250 West 19th Street.

Stay tuned for more on the Cherry Pie Hospitality saga as it unfolds.

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