It looks like downtown could be down one steakhouse.
Strip House, offering classic, New York-style steak and seafood among vintage images of scantily clad women on the bordello red walls, was an early adopter of the revitalized downtown, opening at the Shops at Houston Center in 2004. Now it looks like the sexy steak era is at an end, with a lockout notice posted on the front doors of the restaurant on Thursday.
The notice says that Strip House is in default under the lease because of past-due rent but that the lease has not been terminated.
"The situation is we're renegotiating our lease and the negotiations fell through," says Penny Glazier, director of communications for The Glazier Group, which owns the Houston Strip House as well as three other locations in New Jersey and Florida.
Glazier would not comment on whether there were plans to reopen in the same space, move to a different location or shutter the Houston restaurant altogether.