Houston's in Century City Closes After 20 Years
Houston's veggie burger and sushi items
Residing in Century City's Westfield mall for 20 years, Houston's has witnessed the comings and goings of neighboring eateries including Dive, Yin-Yang, French 76 and Harpers, to name a few. And on October 7th the restaurant will serve its final meal.
According to employees, the owners have attempted with no success to renegotiate the lease for many years, a common issue among restaurateurs and food-distributing business owners. The Counter, which opened a few days ago in the space across from Houston's, will soon greet a new neighbor, another chain we gather.
"Luckily, Hillstone is offering employees a nice severance package," one waitress said when asked where she'll go after the closure. Hillstone restaurant group which owns Houston's plans to relocate the restaurant to Napa Valley with a new, updated concept.
As far as signature items such as the veggie burger and spinach/artichoke dip go, customers can find similar versions at Gulfstream, also in the Century City mall. But don't expect it to be identical: the brown rice to beet ratio might be askew, explained a hostess. The restaurant is currently taking reservations through September 30th, then it's a free-for- all "to be fair to customers."
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