Byzantio Shutters

Popular Greek souvlaki restaurant and hookah bar shutters in Montrose

Popular Greek souvlaki restaurant and hookah bar shutters in Montrose

Byzantio Greek restaurant exterior
Byzantio closed Monday night. Photo by Eric Sandler
Byzantio souvlaki
Byzantio was known for its classic souvlaki. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Byzantio feta fondue
Feta fondue was a popular menu item at Byzantio. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Byzantio Greek restaurant exterior
Byzantio souvlaki
Byzantio feta fondue

This year has been a rough one for Houston bars and restaurants with a long tenure. In 2016, places that have closed after being in business for 10 years or more include: Mark's American CuisineSparrow Bar + Cookshop (in its role as the successor to t'afia), the original Christian's Tailgate, and 59 Diner. Now, another longtime favorite has joined their ranks.

Montrose Greek restaurant Byzantio announced on Monday that it would cease operations at the end of the day. After a night of 50-percent off food and drinks, it closed.

Open since 2003, the restaurant became known for its spacious patio that provided a serene place for smoking hookah. In addition, some devoted fans considered it Houston's premier destination for classic souvlaki, Greek salad, fries and feta fondue.

Don't expect the space to stay empty for long. Local real estate development firm Braun Enterprises has purchased the property and begun the search for new operators; "Hopefully, someone cool and good for the neighborhood," president Dan Braun writes in an email. The company also purchased Christian's and is developing the space that will soon be home to the first Houston outpost of Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken.

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