Restaurant Pushed Out

Longtime Houston restaurant forced to shutter: Construction of hip River Oaks District kills its business

Longtime restaurant forced to shutter as River Oaks District moves in

Crapitto's Cucina Italiana patio
Crapitto's will close after dinner service May 24.  Crapitto's Cucina Italiana/Facebook

Highland Village-area restaurant Crapitto's is in its last days. The Italian restaurant will close after its dinner service this Saturday.

"Our building (like the others around it) is scheduled to be torn down, so it is with great sadness that, after 19 years, Crapitto's Cucina Italiana will serve its last supper on Saturday, May 24th," owner Frank Crapitto writes on Facebook. 

Back in November, Crapitto denied that the sale of his block would have any immediate effect on the restaurant's future. "Crapitto's will remain," he told b4-u-eat. "We have a four year lease and will stay right here unless we choose to move to the new building if and only when a new restaurant location will be built to our specifications.

Conway tells CultureMap construction "took all of our parking," which forced the decision to shutter.

"Until that time Crapitto's is open and doing well and will stay that way."

General manager Shannon Conway tells CultureMap that the demolition currently going on "took all of our parking," which forced the decision to shutter. Frank Crappito plans to retire, according to Conway, but the general manager may work with other employees at the restaurant to find a new space. 

The area around Crapitto's is undergoing extensive changes, thanks to the imminent arrival of the River Oaks District, a high-end mixed use development.

Although principally a source of well-executed, red sauce, Italian American fare, over the years Crapitto's had become known for the abundant crop of fresh, locally raised tomatoes that Frank Crapitto developed and had specially grown for the restaurant. 

CultureMap contributor Marene Gustin praised the tomatoes in a 2012 column as part of a look at Crappito's sale of Frank's Chop House to Mike and Chris Shine.

Are you eager to see Crapitto's return in a new form, or had the restaurant outlived its usefulness? Sound off in the comments.