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4 Houston Restaurant Closures Diners Need to Know Right Now

Say goodbye to Penny Quarter, longstanding Italian restaurant Patrenella’s, and more shuttered eateries

The bar at Penny Quarter
Montrose wine bar Penny Quarter has closed less than a year after opening.
Photo: @Bobby_Heugel/Instagram

Houston eateries continue to struggle in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic shutdown. Last week the city saw a new round of closures, from a longtime Italian favorite to a low-key Montrose bar that only recently opened.

Scope out this list of restaurants that closed their doors over the past week, and send your tips on new closures to

Penny Quarter

Less than a year after opening, this laid-back Montrose wine bar and coffee shop has closed. The bar and cafe was a collaboration between Bobby Heugel and Justin Yu and was located in the space formerly occupied by Etro Nightclub behind Anvil. A post to the restaurant’s Instagram on Monday announced that it would be closing indefinitely due to Covid-19.

Patrenella’s Italian Restaurant

The Sicilian trattoria, housed in owner Sammy Patrenella’s childhood home just south of Washington Avenue, has closed after 28 years, according to the Houston Chronicle. Patrenella, who is 85, told the Chronicle he was considering closing at the end of 2019 but that the coronavirus pandemic sealed the deal.

Hard Rock Cafe

Houston’s Hard Rock Cafe, which moved downtown in 2000 after being establish on Kirby Drive in 1986, closed for good on May 27. The Bayou Place restaurant was a frequent stop for Houstonians attending performances in the Theater District.

Cajun Town Café

A May 15 instagram post from the family-owned Cajun/Creole diner stated that Cajun Town’s Navigation location would be closing due to the pandemic. A poster on the Houston Architectural Information Forum noted on Friday that the location was already for lease. Cajun Town’s Little York location is still serving food.

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