Houston's in Metairie isn't closing because of property or sales issues, and the decision is final, the restaurant said on its Facebook page this past weekend.
News of the closing after Sunday's service sparked plenty of questions by customers. The announcement came this past Friday.
Here's a sampling of some of the questions and answers the restaurant responded to on its Facebook page.
Answer: "The reason for the closure is to allow greater attention and resources to be (focused) on the Houston’s Restaurant on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans."
Question: The restaurant always seemed busy. Explanation?
Answer: "It is true that this was a very successful location for us. Deciding to close a profitable restaurant is one of the most difficult choices we have to make in our line of work. Please know we genuinely appreciate your support over the years and apologize for any disappointment this has caused our guests."
Question: Is the building's lease expired? Are sales down?
Answer: "We actually own the property that the restaurant occupies, so that did not play a factor in our decision and surprisingly to many, neither did the sales. Similar to the way we closed our very first Houston's in Nashville, TN many years ago, we simply want to devote our energy and resources into other restaurants, like Houston's on St. Charles in this situation."
Question: Any chance of reconsidering?
Answer: "Sadly, the decision is a final one"
Question: Considering a Baton Rouge location?
Answer: Not currently, but "we will keep it in mind for the future."