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The last dance: Samba Grille to close downtown after Saturday service

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Samba Grille is closing on Sunday. Photo via Samba Grille/Facebook
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Samba Grille executive chef David Guerrero Photo by Laura Clark
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It looks like downtown dining's struggles aren't over yet.

On his Facebook page, Samba Grille executive chef David Guerrero announced Friday night that Saturday's service would be the restaurant's last.

"Tomorrow will be our last service at Samba Grille, one door closes, 10 will open. I left my soul, heart and passion in this place. Thanks to everybody who showed me love and support and who believes in this cuisine," he wrote. "We'll be back soon. Salud."

This is a huge loss for downtown and for the Houston dining scene in general — Guerrero's South American steakhouse fare was consistently excellent and unmatched in Houston.

According to rumors, Samba's investors are looking for another location that would offer steadier crowds than the current Bayou Place/Theater District spot. Where would you like to see Guerrero and company cooking next?

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