The days of crawfish, Abita and cheering for the LSU Tigers have come to an end on Chimney Rock. In a message posted to Facebook on Wednesday, Big Woodrows announced that its initial decision to close for renovations had turned into a permanent shuttering.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the closure of Big Woodrows for an unknown length of time. As you know Big Woodrows has been a Houston icon for over 20 years. Over the years the building has been host to countless great events and many wonderful Cajun style meals, but the merriment has taken a toll on the building.
Over the past year, after numerous negotiations with the building owner we were able to get him to agree to make the much needed structural repairs at Big Woodrows. These repairs, along with a much needed facelift for the venue, were to take place over the summer. After we shut down in June the landlord refused to move forward on the needed repairs. This left us with no option, for the present, but to shut down.
We are very grateful and thankful to all our loyal patrons who over the years have become part of the Big Woodrows family. Our hope is that sometime in the near future we will once again be able to welcome all of you to a new and fun filled location."
Meanwhile, work continues on the transformation of Woodrows Heights into The Durham House. When it opens in September, The Durham House will replace the familiar Woodrows po-boys and boiled seafood with more upscale ingredients, shareable items and an extensive selection of craft beer.
To clear up any confusion, Big Woodrows and Little Woodrow's have had different owners for many years. Although Big Woodrows has hit a rough patch, Little Woodrow's continues to expand, including a recent opening in Katy.
CultureMap has contacted Woodrows' owners for more information about their search for a new location but has yet to receive a response. No doubt Tiger alumni across the city are waiting the announcement with bated breath.