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Chic French Eatery Lucienne Is Houston’s Latest Permanent Restaurant Closure

A running list of establishments that have called it quits since restaurants were required to close their dining rooms

Farewell to Lucienne’s chic plates
Hotel Alessandra/Facebook

In mid-March of last year, restaurants across the city were required to close their dining rooms in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus. The shutdown and ensuing occupancy restrictions have been disastrous for the industry, with millions of jobs lost across the country and, unfortunately, restaurants that won’t make it to the other side of this pandemic.

Eater Houston is keeping track of restaurant and bar closures across the city, and will update this list as more shutters happen.

January 2021

  • Lucienne at Hotel Alessandra — This Downtown hotel, it’s highly-acclaimed French restaurant, and Bardot Bar, closed on January 6, the Houston Chronicle reports. It’s unclear whether the closure is permanent — Valencia Hotel Group’s website says it is, but a statement issued on January 12 called the closure temporary, the Chron reports. The restaurant had been closed for most of the pandemic.
  • Perry & Sons — Originally opened in 1979 as a meat market in Scarsdale, this was the first restaurant that spawned the Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille chain. It closed in early January. An outpost at outpost at 614 South Friendswood Drive is still open.

December 2020

  • Morningstar — Heights breakfast destination Morningstar closed on December 28 after five years in the business. The restaurant was known for its creative doughnuts, breakfast pastries, brunches and espresso.

November 2020

October 2020

  • Kenny & Ziggy’s — The tiny West University outpost of this New York-style delicatessen closed in October. Owner Ziggy Gruber told CultureMap that the location’s narrow footprint made social distancing too difficult. The original location, on Post Oak Boulevard, remains open.
  • Guava LampLongtime gay bar and drag show destination Guava Lamp closed permanently in October after 22 years. The bar, which first opened in Shepherd Plaza before moving to Waugh Drive in 2003, had been shuttered since March due to the coronavirus. It will be replaces by Papi’s Nite Club, a Latin LGBTQ bar that will also host drag shows.
  • Union Kitchen — The original Bellaire location of this popular brunch spot closed in October. Six other locations, including Memorial, Oak Forest, and a newly opened Katy restaurant, remain in business.

September 2020

  • Frey’s Backyard Cafe — The Tomball diner closed in mid-September, according to ABC13.
  • Luby’s — Amidst a move to liquidate and sell off assets, Luby’s has closed about half their locations — 35 unites total, including Luby’s Cafeterias and several Fuddruckers. QSR Magazine initially reported the closures were temporary, but the at least one Houston location, at Waugh and West Gray, has had its signage removed.

August 2020

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

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