Harwood Grill Shutters

Recently opened River Oaks steakhouse shutters just as road construction nears end

River Oaks steakhouse shutters just as road construction nears end

Harwood Grill butcher case
Harwood Grill will shutter on December 12.  Photo by Eric Sandler

Fans of akaushi beef only have a week to get their fix at Harwood Grill. The River Oaks steakhouse that replaced 60 Degrees Mastercrafted announced on Thursday that it will close on December 12, approximately seven months after opening

The restaurant released the following statement about the sudden closing:

To the friends and fans of Harwood Grill:
Harwood Grill’s management team was recently approached by a local restaurant ownership group with a time-sensitive need to relocate their existing operation.
We have accepted their offer and will be closing Harwood Grill on Saturday, December 12th. 

Our staff has been notified and we are working to secure employment for them locally, possibly with the hospitality enterprise which will soon occupy our location at 2300 Westheimer.

We are grateful for the loyalty of our customers and the support of our industry colleagues and the media.
Thanks for a great ride!
The Harwood Grill Team

According to a representative, owner Raymond Gibson and his business partner have "returned their focus" to Hell Fighter's Kitchen, a catering company that specializes in serving oilfield workers. CultureMap has reached out to determine whether the closing of this location means that Gibson's plans to open multiple locations of Harwood Grill have also drawn to a close.  

Perhaps the biggest shame of the situation is that the construction on Westheimer that helped sink 60 Degrees and surely undermined Harwood Grill is drawing to a close. Whatever unnamed restaurant group is taking the plunge on the troubled space will surely benefit from diners having an easier time accessing the building.

Harwood's closing comes at a time when steakhouses are flying high overall. B&B Butchers has made a splash on Washington, the downtown location of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse has opened to wide acclaim and Hunky Dory is offering a British-American perspective on classics like chateaubriand.