Two locations of a once-popular bar chain are closed as of this week. As has become the norm recently, the establishment cited Hurricane Harvey as one of the causes.
Baker Street Pub & Grill announced on Facebook that both its Willowbrook and Cypress locations closed on Monday. Two location in Fort Worth also closed, CultureMap Fort Worth reports. A sister concept in Austin, Sherlock's Baker St. Pub and Grill, has also closed, but — wait for it — the Houston location of Sherlock's on Westheimer remains open. All of the shuttered bars posted essentially identical messages to Facebook that read in part:
"Although the timing of this may be difficult for everyone, we want to assure you that we will provide opportunities for every eligible employee to be placed at another location. We’ve made a lot of friends and we hope that your memories here will last a lifetime. This chapter closes, but another will open soon."
Of course, as many of the comments on the posts pointed out, Harvey worst affects didn't reach Cypress or Willowbrook — never mind Austin or Fort Worth. The decisions to shutter seems even more abrupt given that both the Austin and Willowbrook locations posted a full month's worth of band bookings on December 1.
The closures are only the latest setbacks for owner HUSA Management Inc. Earlier this year, the company closed the Local Pour in River Oaks to make way for a 30-story luxury high rise. Baker St. Pub's Rice Village location closed in 2016 when the property owner elected not to renew its lease; that location ultimately became Houston's second Hopdoddy Burger Bar.