Beaver's, an iconic name in Houston food and drink, is now no more after the closing of its Uptown area location, according to a release sent Thursday.
“Beaver’s played an integral part in building farm-to-table food culture and inspiring a progressive cocktail movement in Houston," said a statement written by co-owners Jon Deal and Todd Johnson. "It has been our pleasure to serve some of Houston’s best food and drinks for the past 12 years."
The Beaver's that closed Thursday was the second and last-standing location of a brand that started in 2007 in the Sixth Ward. Back then, acclaimed chef Monica Pope opened a restaurant she hoped would set the tone for modern-day locavore cuisine. It succeeded, with many of its employees becoming local hospitality stars in their own right. Some of those names include Bobby Heugel (Anvil), Kevin Floyd (formerly The Hay Merchant), and Jonathan Jones (formerly Max's Wine Dive).
In 2017, the partners running Beaver's (Deal, Johnson, Pope, and Adam Brackman and Jeff Kaplan of Axelrad) opened Beaver's West on 6025 Westheimer Road. Arash Kharat was named executive chef, focusing on barbecue and comfort foods. (Kharat is now at Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.).
Then the Beaver's partners split up their responsibilities, with Deal and Johnson manning West, and Pope, Brackman, and Kaplan taking on the original location. In 2018, the original closed and resurfaced under the same ownership as Decatur Bar & Pop-Up Factory, a restaurant designed to be an incubator and co-working space, much in the spirit of the old days. But Decatur closed in October.
When the original Beaver's bowed out, Beaver's West was all that was left ... until now. A legacy remains.
"Monica Pope is a legend," continued Deal and Johnson's statement, "and the community of creative food and beverage stars that she helped foster through opening Beaver’s will live on for years to come.”
Deal and Johnson wouldn't comment on the restaurant's closing beyond their statement Thursday.