Restaurant Institution Shutters

A Houston restaurant institution suddenly closes after 13 years: Did the city lose its best brunch spot?

A Houston restaurant institution suddenly closes: Best brunch gone?

Farrago Restaurant patio
Farrago World Cuisine closes after 13 years of business. Farrago Restaurant/

Midtown brunch institution Farrago World Cuisine has served its last meal after 13 years, going out with one final Sunday brunch. The restaurant's fusion cuisine remained popular when other bars and restaurants shuttered, but it couldn't survive the neighborhood's recent resurgence, according to its Facebook post.

Farrago's closing is not due to a lack of business.

 The neighborhood's rise has led to Farrago's fall. 

Even as recently opened spots like The Good Life and Dogwood have given Midtown new brunch destinations, Farrago still regularly attracted enough of a crowd to run a wait for a table. However, the neighborhood's rise has led to Farrago's fall.

"We endured the construction, paid parking and towed customers. Alas, the over double rent was more than we could bare," reads a post on the restaurant's Facebook page. Farrago's fans are bemoaning the loss. One called it "Best Brunch Ever" and another predicted that "Here comes another Baby Gap!" in Facebook posts.

Don't expect the spot to remain empty for long. In keeping with the rest of the area, another bar could replace Farrago in short order. Such a place would just need to find a niche between Christian's Tailgate, BlackFinn, Front Porch, etc . . .  Maybe a cocktail oriented venue with a limited food menu? Or another place with cheap beer and wings?

Come back to CultureMap for more details as the story develops.