Houston's turbulent restaurant scene has claimed another victim, at least temporarily. Black & White, the dual concept seafood restaurant in the Heights, announced on social media that it has closed through the end of the year for "renovations and rebranding."
When it opened last year, owner Hernan Garcia told CultureMap he intended for Black & White to offer two distinct dining experiences. More formal Black would serve Mediterranean fare, and casual White would offer more casual, Mexican-style seafood. Of course, trying to keep the menus separate didn't last long. Soon, diners could order dishes from both menus at either half.
Although the restaurant's Yelp reviews are positive overall, a couple of recent entries hint at problems from a reported gas leak and suggest difficulties associated with a "transition" in direction. Mixed beverage tax records from the state comptroller's office tell a similar tale. Over the last three months, Black & White's average monthly liquor sales are over $20,000 lower than neighboring restaurant Glass Wall.
Whether Garcia's plans for rebranding will end that confusion remain a mystery. He has yet to respond to an email requesting comment on specifics.