Neighborhood restaurant BCK, which has served the Heights area on Studewood Street since early 2018, will close April 30, according to announcement made Thursday by BCK Management.
BCK co-owner John Reed said in the release that while the restaurant had two years left on a five-year lease, talks with the landlord for a 10-year extension broke down, leading to the decision to close. BCK then looked for a new tenant to take its place at 933 Studewood St, finding Vegas-based ramen restaurant Shokku Ramen.
This looks to be the first time Shokku has expanded; its menu includes DIY ramen bowls, plus a few signature dishes, fried rice, and appetizers, like gyoza, pork chashu nachos, and karaagé in gochujang honey sauce.
BCK's employees will move to Bosscat Kitchen & Libations in River Oaks.
The restaurant tried on different outfits during its three years of operation. At first, it pushed nostalgic American fare based on favorite childhood dishes. Vietnamese pot pie sat next to delicious tuna melts. Then a re-branding of sorts occurred, putting more focus on burgers. At other times, Reed and co-owner Leslie Nguyen amplified an emphasis on the restaurant's cocktail offerings. During the pandemic, Nguyen brought her popular Southern California concept Miss Mini Donuts to the restaurant. Through it all, the restaurant attempted to reflect the ever-changing and gentrifying Heights.
“BCK was a labor of love,” Reed said in the release. “We made mistakes, but we learned a lot along the way. We are grateful to our landlord and to the local community for all of the support over the last three years. We’ll see you again soon.”