As the corner of Kirby Street and Westheimer continues to develop with luxury apartments, high-dollar boutiques and five-star diners, the rent has soared too high for longtime River Oaks resident Taco Milagro.
The Schiller Del Grande Restaurant Group has announced that the restaurant and beach bar, which has leased a spot at 2555 Kirby since 1998, will close its doors at the end of service this Sunday.
"A lot has happened to Kirby in the past decade," said Candice Schiller, a partner in the restaurant group, in a statement released on Wednesday. "It has become a street of upscale restaurants; most of them well financed multi-unit groups. Our littler counter service Taco shop can't pay those kinds of rents."
Chef/owner Robert del Grande created the Taco Milagro concept based on a menu of his favorite Mexican dishes served in a cantina-like atmosphere with a large outdoor patio. For a long time the restaurant thrived, expanding twice in the past 15 years.
The owners are looking to open a new version of the restaurant "somewhere a bit further out," according to the statement.
The Taco Milagro closing comes on the heels of the shuttering of two other longtime Mexican restaurants located within a mile's radius. Cafe Adobe, at the corner of Westheimer and Shepherd, closed on Mother's Day after 32 years at the same location to make way for a new apartment complex. Bocados, located at West Alabama near Mandell, closed earlier this month after 15 years in business.