Jerry Built Shutters

'Homegrown' burger chain closes both Houston locations

'Homegrown' burger chain closes both Houston locations

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Jerry Built Homegrown has shuttered. Photo by Shannon O’Hara
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Workers removed equipment from Jerry Built Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Eric Sandler
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A mural dominated one wall at one Jerry Built location. Photo by Albert Nurick
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Houston's turbulent restaurant scene has claimed another casualty. Both locations of Jerry Built Homegrown closed over the weekend. 

On Tuesday afternoon, workers could be seen removing equipment from the West University location. The company's website and social media pages are offline.

In a conversation with CultureMap, Jerry Built CEO and president Chad Glauser called the move a "business decision" but declined to elaborate on the circumstances that led to it. He thanks the restaurant's patrons for their support during the company's five-year run in West University and the one-year tenure at its Memorial-area location.

The chain also had a location in The Woodlands that closed in February.

When it opened, Jerry Built seemed to offer a promising twist on burgers by committing to healthier eating. Patties used all-natural, hormone and antibiotic-free beef and chicken, and the glassed-walled kitchen allowed diners to watch their food being prepared. Reasonable prices, lots of parking, and spacious dining rooms made it popular with families and youth sports teams, too. 

While the restaurant's closure is unfortunate, burger-obsessed Houstonians have no shortage of options to choose from. For Bellaire and West University residents, those options include the original brick-and-mortar location of Bernie's Burger Bus, a newly opened location of Hopdoddy in Rice Village, and Houston's second Shake Shack (opening later this year).