A Midtown restaurant that was better known for its party atmosphere than its food has announced its plans to shutter. Mr. Peeples, the steakhouse with a glitzy Vegas-style interior, will close on March 28.
"We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve Houstonians and have strived to set ourselves apart from other steakhouses with our extensive seafood program and innovative and unique design," Landmark Hospitality Group COO Joe Lenahan said in a release. "We look forward to emerging as an exciting new venue in the near future."
Landmark isn't ready to announce what that new venue is, but the company does own the building, which once served as the local headquarters for the Boy Scouts of America. For now, Landmark writes that it is focused on relocating the restaurant's employees to its other concepts, which include two locations of Hearsay Gastro Lounge, 51Fifteen in The Galleria, and The Republic Smokehouse & Saloon in Midtown.
Just for a little nostalgia, let's flashback to August 2013, when Landmark owner Lucky Chopra explained the concept's name. Spoiler alert: there wasn't a real Mr. Peeples.
It’s a name that exudes fun with a touch of formality. The name is as unique as the urban chic design fantasia of the restaurant itself, intended to be memorable while stimulating one’s imagination and breaking down the walls of traditional steakhouse names. Like its downtown relative Hearsay, the name is intentionally vague in order to allow the concept of Mr. Peeples to evolve without any preconceived notions. It’s something you can’t put in a box and explain in traditional terms — and something you won’t find anywhere else.