Sylvia's Shutters

Enchilada Queen shutters original Tex-Mex restaurant in west Houston

Enchilada Queen shutters original Tex-Mex restaurant in west Houston

Sylvia Casares
Sylvia Casares has closed her restaurant in west Houston. Photo by Joel Luks

A west Houston staple for classic Tex-Mex closed Saturday night. The original location of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen on Westheimer has shuttered, chef-owner Sylvia Casares announced Monday. 

Open for over 15 years, Casares said she made the decision to close the restaurant because it lacked the wood-burning grill that's present at her outposts in the Energy Corridor and in the Memorial-area, which caused confusion among diners when they couldn't order certain menu items that are prepared on that piece of equipment.

"This was not an easy decision to make,” Casares said in a statement. “When you have worked this hard over so many years on all your restaurants, it’s emotionally difficult to let the oldest one go, especially when it remains profitable and has succeeded at what I wanted it to be. I finally had to make a decision for the good of what we want Sylvia’s to be, what it has evolved to be, over the nostalgia for this one location.”

The other two locations remain open. Casares has published a schedule of 15 cooking classes that will be held at the Energy Corridor location between February and September: topics cover different kinds of enchiladas and classic dishes like tamales. Last year, she published a cookbook of her recipes titled The Enchilada Queen Cookbook that's earned strong reviews.