Gigi's Asian Bistro, a successor to legendary Houston Chinese restaurant Hunan, has suddenly closed its location in the Galleria. Owner Gigi Huang has struggled to make the high dollar rent on her space since her business partner, billionaire polo king John Goodman, was convicted of manslaughter in Florida, according to the first report of the closing in the Chronicle.
Gigi's first rose to prominence in 2008 under the direction of chef Junnajet Hurapan, but his departure in 2012 to launch Blu in Sugar Land seemed to dim Gigi's star.
The restaurant's closure may leave the Galleria bereft of Gigi's gorgeous dining room and all you can eat dim sum on Sunday mornings, but at least E-Tao is still there to serve its top-notch soup dumplings.
The former president and first lady are longtime supporters of Huang.
More importantly, the city loses a reliable spot to catch George H.W. and Barbara Bush dining in public. The former president and first lady are longtime supporters of both Huang and her father.
Huang has yet to respond to a request for comment about her future plans, but don't count this restaurateur out yet. One could easily imagine her finding a less expensive location with new backers. Dim sum in Tanglewood?