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The Midtown bar shakeup continues: Another boozy brunch spot quietly shutters

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The Good Life Midtown Bar and Kitchen exterior day
The Good Life appeared dark last weekend, but owners Jeff and Darren Van Delden haven't officially confirmed the bar's closure.  The Good Life - Midtown Bar and Kitchen/Facebook

Add The Good Life to the list of recently opened, quickly shuttered Midtown establishments. The bar, which opened in March with food by Roost Bistro chef Kevin Naderi and a variety of creative shots, quietly shut down in November (Eater Houston first noticed the closing).

Despite the fact that neither The Good Life's Twitter or Facebook accounts have been updated since Halloween, owners Jeff and Darren Van Delden refuse to confirm that the bar has closed. Of course, a similar scenario played out when they closed sports bar Sawyer Park "for remodeling" before a new owner, Saleem Fernandez, turned it into Social Junkie.

Darren Van Delden told CultureMap in March that his goal for The Good Life was to open "a nice, casual bar (instead of) your typical pub," but it appears that, after initial interest from patrons, people decided they prefer "typical pubs" like Midtown staples Pub Fiction and Celtic Gardens. 

With Farrago World Cuisine having closed in July, The Good Life's departure means Midtown has lost multiple boozy brunch spots in short order. Thankfully, Mr. Peeples can help take up the slack.

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