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Longstanding Houston fast-casual restaurant shutters Briargrove location

Longstanding Houston fast-casual restaurant shutters Briargrove locale

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Briargrove residents will miss Cafe Express. Photo courtesy of Cafe Express

A fast-casual restaurant with Houston roots has closed its Briargrove location. Cafe Express, the restaurant founded by Cafe Annie owners chef Robert Del Grande and business partner Lonnie Schiller (also a founder of CultureMap), has closed its location at Woodway and Voss, along with outposts in Dallas and Austin.

“The closure of our Mockingbird Station location was a tough decision, but the right decision," Cafe Express COO Bobby Jaramillo said in a statement provided. "We also decided to close our North Lamar location in Austin as well as the Woodway at Voss location in Houston. Doing so allows us to focus on our performing restaurants and we have engaged a firm to help us with this restructure."

Cafe Express provides a fast casual spin on Del Grande's signature Southwestern cuisine. Its eclectic menu of burgers, salads, pastas, and more has made it a reliable Houston dining destination for years. Although it's now shuttered, the Briargrove outpost had remained popular with families in the area, but recent arrivals like Maclane's Cafe and Eatalia will help ease the sting a bit. 

The chain was recently acquired by new owner in M. Terry Enterprises, who relocated the headquarters from Houston to Dallas. Six other Cafe Express locations remain open across the Houston area, including in Meyerland, River Oaks, and Greenway Plaza.  

Over the years, Cafe Express has changed hands twice: Wendy's bought the concept, and it was then acquired by Houston real estate company Redstone. CEO George Hailey and COO Bobby Jaramillo joined the company in 2017; the two previously worked for Chili's and Brinker International.

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Teresa Gubbins contributed to this story.

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