UPDATE: Pi Pizza will reopen at 11 am and Star Fish will reopen at 4 pm on Friday, August 3.
The recent wave of Houston restaurant closings may have claimed two more businesses. Lockout notices have been posted in the windows of Cherry Pie Hospitality's upscale seafood restaurant Star Fish and its companion restaurant Pi Pizza, CultureMap has learned.
Although these notices usually signal a permanent closure, a Cherry Pie representative tells CultureMap that the restaurants will reopen. She stated that rent checks for both spaces are being deposited with the landlord, and the restaurants are expected to reopen tomorrow.
The lockout notices come less than five months after Cherry Pie parted ways with founding partner Lee Ellis; Pi Pizza founding chef Anthony Calleo also left the company in January and is working on opening a new restaurant in Montrose. CEO Chris Vestal also recently departed the company, the representative confirms.
Star Fish opened to great fanfare in April 2017. Its eclectic menu of cooked and raw seafood dishes plus an innovative cocktail and wine program drew raves from diners and critics alike.
Pi Pizza opened two years ago. The restaurant gave Calleo's creative pies and sandwiches a brick and mortar home.
Hopefully, neither restaurant has served its last meal.