4 closings to know
Houston restaurant closings to know right now: Farewell to 4 former favorites
Editor’s note: Houston’s restaurant scene moves pretty fast. Let’s stop to look around at four establishments that are saying farewell this month.
Click Virtual Food Hall will cease operations on Friday, December 23, the restaurant announced on Instagram. Opened in 2019 by chef Gabriel Medina and business partner Steven Salazar, the ghost kitchen concept featured a diverse array of cuisines, including sushi, poke, Japanese curry, and Filipino food. It also served as a delivery option for select dishes from Burger Chan and Craft Pita.
Catering to a diverse array of tastes earned Click considerable acclaim, including winning Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year in the 2022 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards. For now, Medina will be available for catering and private chef opportunities. In the future, he could open a Filipino restaurant.
Sticky's Chickenannounced on Instagram that it had closed effective December 21. Opened in late 2019 by siblings Patsy and Benson Vivares, the restaurant gave a permanent home to the food truck that developed a devoted following for its signature wings. The secret was the Sticky’s sauce — a secret family recipe developed by their father that’s sweet, spicy, and smoky. During its run, the restaurant counted local celebrities such as former Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins among its fans.
Buca di Beppo has closed its location at Plaza in the Park, the Kroger anchored shopping center at the intersection of Buffalo Speedway and Westpark. The closure had been expected, as Adair Restaurants has announced plans to open its Tex-Mex concept Los Tios Mexican Kitchen in the space. Fans of Buca di Beppo’s Italian-American fare will find some of its dishes at the Kitchen United Mix ghost kitchen inside the Kroger store in the Heights or they can travel to The Woodlands to visit its location there.
Diced Poke restaurant in Midtown announced that its last day of service will be Friday, December 30. Similar to other restaurant that allow diners to build-their-own bowls from an array of proteins, toppings, and sauces, Diced Poked earned a reputation for stellar service that landed it on Yelp’s list of Texas’s top 100 restaurants for 2021 and 2022.