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A landmark River Oaks restaurant closes: Pesce sleeps with the fishes

A landmark River Oaks restaurant closes: Pesce sleeps with the fishes

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Pesce (and its sign) are no more. Photo by Chris Conyers
Chef Mark Holley Pesce
Mark Holley has been executive chef at Pesce since it opened in 2001. Courtesy of Landry's Signature Group
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Chef Mark Holley Pesce

Add Mark Holley to the list of talented Houston chefs without a restaurant.

After more than 10 years in the splashy Upper Kirby neighborhood, Pesce has closed its doors. The restaurant — one of Landry's "Signature Group" concepts — has had its website and phone number disconnected, and over the weekend the distinctive Pesce sign was taken down from The Centre at River Oaks.

Pesce opened to big crowds in 2001, earning an American Society of Interior Designers honorable mention for its novel (at the time) open kitchen concept.

However the space on the corner of Kirby and West Alabama won't be vacant for long. CultureMap has learned that Ohio-based Brio Tuscan Grille has already signed a lease for the space, and is undertaking a million-dollar renovation beginning in April. The River Oaks location will be the third Brio in the Houston area, following outposts in CityCentre and The Woodlands.

Have you been to Pesce lately? What do you think about the closing?