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Six Houston Restaurant Closures to Know

Maize, Sticky’s Chicken, and more have called it quits

Casa Nomad’s patio, is decorated with a hanging canopy, wooden chairs, and green plants.
Casa Nomad’s fully outdoor dining area within M-K-T Heights.
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As Houston restaurants welcome in diners after a busy holiday season, sadly, not all have reopened their doors in the new year. The city was hit with a wave of closures in the last two weeks — from a casual poke hangout in Midtown to a chef-led Mexican restaurant that was well received in its short year open. Here are the Houston restaurant closures you need to know about right now.

Know of a permanent Houston restaurant closure that’s not on this list? Drop us a line at houston@eater.com.


Casa Nomad

A little over a year after its debut in the buzzy M-K-T Heights development, the Tulum-inspired patio restaurant announced on its social media pages that it was “closing for the winter season,” but has plans to reopen in the spring as a “new and improved concept.” Whether this implies a different iteration of Casa Nomad will return, or something new entirely, the future of the once-lively restaurant remains to be seen. Stay tuned for updates.

Cherry Block Smokehouse

The highly anticipated restaurant helmed by Felix Flores shuttered less than four months after opening in the new Stomping Yards mixed-used complex in Garden Oaks. Despite an active social media presence and announcements of a new menu and updated holiday hours, Cherry Block served its last meal on New Year’s Eve. A post made to the restaurant’s social media pages (now deleted) on December 31 revealed “an unfortunate accumulation of insurmountable losses and delays” led to the closure.

Click Virtual Food Hall

This Heights company, under the direction of chef Gabriel Medina, served as a ghost kitchen that offered free delivery of a variety of cuisines, including Japanese and Filipino eats, since 2019. It thrived in 2020 when delivery and takeout eats were in high demand, but as the restaurant’s lease ended at the end of 2022, Click announced it would officially close its doors.

Diced Poke

For nearly five years, Diced Poke served up loaded poke bowls, pokerritos, spam musubi, and more at its Midtown location, but eventually called it quits at the end of the year. The restaurant served its last bowl on December 30.

Maize

Led by Fabian Saldana, a chef who honed his chops at Hugo Ortega’s Xochi, Maize was introduced to Houstonians in October 2021 with lots of buzz surrounding its opening. As the name hinted, the menu put a spotlight on corn masa, which was ground in-house to be incorporated in the restaurant’s various Mexican dishes. In the first few days of the new year, the restaurant announced it ceased operations. Saldana offered the following statement: “I grew up watching my grandmother and mother cook in their kitchens in Mexico and that laid the foundation for where I am today,” he says. “Maize’s closure has been tough for me and my team, but we all see this as an opportunity to continue growing in our craft.” According to a press release, the chef does have plans for another venture.

Sticky’s Chicken

Sticky’s Chicken had a three-year run before announcing it would close its store at Sawyer Yards on December 21. The wildly popular concept from brother-sister team Benson and Patsy Vivares, began as a food truck where guests could get their hands on — you guessed it — sticky chicken by way of rice and chicken combos, wings, and more. It opened a permanent location at the end of 2019 and reeled in celebrity guests like Bun B, DeAndre Hopkins, and PJ Tucker throughout its run.

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