Scott Gertner has been a fixture in Houston's entertainment scene for decades, but his eponymous Scott Gertner's at Houston Pavilions quietly shuttered approximately two weeks ago, a night club source tells CultureMap.
Gertner hints at the nightclub's closure in a Facebook post, which drew comments of sadness and regret from musicians and regulars:
Loss is painful. It's natural to grieve over things we've lost. And it takes time to fill the hole left by loss. The larger the hole, the longer it takes to fill it. At some point, though, we need to put painful feelings aside so that we can get on with the business of living. This doesn't mean ignoring or forgetting our loss, but, rather, recognizing that life is a gift that we have a responsibility to honor. We honor what we have lost as well when we learn from our loss, incorporate it into who we are, and move on."
The news comes after the purchase of Houston Pavilions by Midway Companies, which indicated plans to part ways with tenants that didn't contribute to the long-term plan for its re-imagined endeavor, GreenStreet.
"It is always difficult to terminate a leasing agreement with an tenant, but the closing of Scott Gertner's aligns with GreenStreet's long-term strategy of improving core operations onsite and increasing shareholder value for the property," a spokesperson for Midway Companies told CultureMap via email.
"During this period of revitalization, GreenStreet will remain hands-on with the leasing and management of our current tenants, strategic with the acquisition of new tenants and committed to offering only the highest quality of retailers, restaurants and office space for visitors in the months to come."
Inquiries to Gertner for comment were not immediately returned.