Lowbrow Shuttered

Another Houston restaurant suddenly closes: Neighborhood spot serves its last meal

Another one bites the dust: Neighborhood restaurant serves last meal

Lowbrow John Sheely Chris Ray
Chris Ray, left, says Lowbrow has served its last meal. Photo by Eric Sandler

Another Houston restaurant has suddenly closed. Montrose neighborhood spot Lowbrow served its last meal on Sunday, owner Chris Ray tells CultureMap.

Ray and then-partner chef John Sheely leased the space from Creek Group owner Gary Mosley in June with the goal of providing the neighborhood with a casual restaurant that also incorporated some elements of Sheely's former restaurants Mockingbird Bistro and Osteria Mazzantini. Unfortunately, Ray says the restaurant never attracted a sufficient following to be viable.

Sheely departed at the end of October. Ray says that when Sheely's replacement Cody Anderson chose to leave the restaurant for personal reasons, he realized Lowbrow had reached the end of its run.

With a new patio and internal upgrades like a new air conditioning unit, the property should only requirement minor changes before its ready for its next operator. Ray says he's already spoken with people who are interested in assuming the lease, but he made one point clear — whatever comes next for the building that's also been home to Cafe Artiste and Sophia, the new business won't be called Lowbrow.