Days after stalwart Houston seafood restaurant Tony Mandola’s closed its doors, it looks as if the beloved spot has already found a new home.
A sales tax permit application filed with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts indicates that Tony Mandola’s has plans to open at 1017 Houston Avenue, in the space formerly occupied by Avenue Grill. In a phone call with Eater, a representative for Laurenzo Restaurant Group confirmed that the Houston Avenue space would be the future home of Tony Mandola’s.
According to LoopNet, where the property was previously available for lease, the 3,728 square foot space building has been closed since 2018, immediately after a “significant” remodel that included a new roof and extensive updates to the space’s kitchen.
Tony Mandola’s permanently closed its doors on July 28 after a decade in the city’s culinary scene. Throughout the years, the restaurant developed a devoted clientele of regulars thanks to its bountiful raw bar and top-notch service. When the closure was announced, co-owner Phyllis Mandola announced that a new location for the restaurant was in the works, and would be announced “soon.”
A timeline in which Houstonians can expect this longtime restaurant to make a comeback has not yet been announced. The sales tax permit is set to go into effect in October 2021.