Mothership Shutters

Troubled Heights restaurant group announces closing of dual concepts

Troubled Heights restaurant group announces closing of dual concepts

Hunky Dory
Hunky Dory and Bernadine's will close on May 25. Photo by Eric Sandler

The sad saga of Hunky Dory and Bernadine's is drawing to a close. Heights-based restaurant group Treadsack announced on Facebook that both restaurants will shutter on May 24.

The closing has seemed inevitable for some time, given that Mothership, LLC, the corporate entity that owns both restaurants, declared bankruptcy in March and Hunky Dory's original chef Richard Knight departed in February. However, the end became more imminent earlier this week when culinary director Graham Laborde announced that he would be leaving his position to accept a new job working with Ronnie Killen.  

Despite the restaurants' well-documented business troubles, diners embraced both restaurants. They earned plenty of critical acclaim, too, including being named two of the city's top 25 restaurants by Chronicle critic Alison Cook and numerous CultureMap Tastemaker Award nominations. Hopefully, the next week provides fans with the opportunity for one last I-10 tower at Bernadine's or a wood-grilled steak at Hunky Dory.

According to a report on Houston Food Finder, Treadsack's other properties, the restaurant Down House and the bars D&T Drive-Inn and Johnny's Gold Brick, are not affected by the decision to close Hunky Dory and Bernadine's.