Cane Rosso's Montrose location will close after service December 30, owner Jay Jerrier tells CultureMap. The Neapolitan pizza restaurant's location in the Heights "isn't going anywhere," Jerrier adds.
Since it opened in October 2016, the Montrose location has struggled to gain traction in the neighborhood. The restaurant brought in chefs Jonathan Jones and Matt Wommack to upgrade the non-pizza options on the menu, but Jerrier says "staff turnover and service challenges" hindered it from ever building the following it needed to achieve a sustainable level of revenue.
Starting Friday, December 28, the restaurant will sell all of its alcohol at happy hour prices to clear our inventory. Some staff members are being offered jobs at the company's other restaurants in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin; they're working on finding opportunities at other restaurants for the rest.
"This definitely sucks as it is our first and only restaurant closed in eight years," Jerrier writes. "But for the last two years, we literally tried everything that has worked at our other locations and had really tried to be a good neighbor — even though we came from evil Dallas."
Despite the setback, Jerrier says he still sees opportunity in the Houston area. Katy is one of the locations the company is considering for Zoli's, its acclaimed New York-style pizza restaurant.
While diners will undoubtedly miss Cane Rosso, the restaurant's massive patio won't stay empty for long. Jerrier says he's actively negotiating with another restaurant who will open a new concept in the space.