UPDATE (noon Oct. 14): Jessica Treadway, a member of guest services at Hillstone Restaurant Group, which operates the Houston's brand, responded that "circumstances beyond our reasonable control prevented us from operating to our standards at Houston's on Westheimer." The Kirby location will remain open, and Hillstone hopes "to continue to provide our guests with the high level of quality and service they have come to expect from us."
Over the weekend Houston's on Westheimer Road closed permanently. The news was first reported Sunday evening on a KPRC Houston newscast.
"After nearly 40 years of service, the Houston’s on Westheimer Road has now closed," read a statement on the Houston's Westheimer website. "Thank you for the privilege of serving you over the last four decades! Please dine with us at Houston’s on Kirby Drive and we look forward to seeing you there."
Hillstone Restaurant Group, the company that manages the Houston's brand (including 14 locations across the country, from California to New Jersey), has yet to respond to questions about the reason behind the closing.
Houston's originated in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1977, and maintains a more formal dining experience that most restaurants. To this day Houston's carries a dress code that forbids flip flops, athletic attire, "provocative clothing" and hats worn inside the dining room. The restaurant also suggests that guests don't bring young children.
Its menu, meanwhile, focuses on traditional American fare, from double-cut pork chops to ruby red trout, and from prime rib to a seared tuna salad.