One of Houston's most high-profile steakhouses will close next week. Smith & Wollensky announced that its last day of service will be Saturday, October 13.
"The Houston market has been great to the Smith & Wollensky brand, providing years of engagement and exposure," the statement begins. "As we’ve come to the end of our 15-year lease in Highland Village on Westheimer Road, we’ve made the decision to not renew, and we will be closing our Houston location. While this decision was a difficult one, we are confident future opportunities await the S&W brand in the state of Texas."
CultureMap contacted Smith & Wollensky representatives for comment. "As you can imagine, we are equally disappointed and sad to leave," a representative tells CultureMap. "However, renewing our lease at this time was simply not a viable business option for us."
The post states that the brand will focus on a new location that's slated to open in Las Vegas next year. Diners who want to make one last visit for the restaurant's signature dry-aged steaks will have the opportunity to order bottles of wine at a substantial discount. Gift cards will remain valid at one of the restaurant's nine other locations.
Steakhouses may be known for serving similar menus, but the restaurant options in Houston have changed quite a bit in recent years. New arrivals like Steak 48, Mastro's, and Doris Metropolitan have thrived by putting a new spin on the format, while more traditional options like like Mo's...A Place for Steaks and Del Frisco's Grille have closed.
Smith & Wollensky's closure will create an opportunity for a new operator to try their luck in a prominent location. Don't expect the space to stay vacant for long.