Dining and Boozing

Have you noticed? Houston's adding restaurants and bars faster than almost anywhere in the nation

Houston's adding restaurants and bars faster than almost anywhere else

Anvil Bar & Refuge Stuart Humphries bartender with crowd November 2013
Houston has been adding bars at a rapid pace Shown here: the scene at Anvil. Bobby Heugel/Facebook

There's no denying that Houston's a hotbed for restaurants and bars. A new study from SelfStorage.com shows just how quickly the number of local restaurants, bars and hotels is growing.

The study on the fastest-growing places for "dining, snoozing and boozing" ranks the U.S. metro areas with the highest growth rates for restaurants, hotels and bars per 1,000 residents from 2005-2013.

Over the nine-year period, the growth rate in Houston was 12.26 percent, making it the No. 7 fastest-growing place for restaurants, bars and hotels. In 2005, we had 1.67 restaurants, bars and hotels per 1,000 residents. In 2013, the number jumped to 1.88. 

Three other Texas cities are on the list, and the fastest-growing may come as a surprise. El Paso ranks No. 3, just behind New Orleans at No. 1 and New York City at No. 2. El Paso's nine-year growth rate was a whopping 14.13 percent. Dallas-Fort Worth lands at No. 6 followed by Austin at No. 9.