Beaver's Takes a Break

Washington Ave comfort food restaurant temporarily closes for 'summer vacation'

Washington Ave comfort food restaurant temporarily closes

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The original Beaver's has closed for the summer. Photo by Julie Soefer/Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

One of Houston's pioneering destinations for comfort food and craft cocktails is taking a break. 

"Beaver’s Original location on Decatur and Washington has GONE FISHING for the summer," the restaurant announced Monday afternoon. "They will see you in the fall after they’re rested, rejuvenated and ready to celebrate 10 years of serving Houston diners Dam Good Food and Cocktails."

A representative confirms that the closure should run through approximately "mid-September" but that a specific return date has not been set. "Watch for smoke signals," she advised.

Perhaps the reference to smoke is an indication that the original Beaver's will follow the same barbecue-oriented direction that the recently-opened Westheimer location has taken under executive chef Arash Kharat. Both locations now feature locally-made Pitmaker cabinet smokers, and the restaurant's Instagram feed features several recent pictures of barbecue. 

When it opened in 2007, Beaver's offered a menu of kicked up comfort food developed by Monica Pope (Sparrow Bar + Cookshop) and Jonathan Jones (El Big Bad, Cane Rosso) alongside cocktails developed by Bobby Heugel (Anvil, etc). Even though all those big names have moved on to other projects (Pope retains a small ownership stake), its reputation has remained intact and allowed for a spin-off to a second location in Briargrove. Until the original location reopens, that's where diners can go to satisfy their cravings for signature dishes like loaded queso, chicken fried steak, and Beaver balls.