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Some Houston Restaurants and Bars Temporarily Closed Due to Omicron Spread – Update


It looks like the Grinch is trying to steal Christmas – but hopefully thanks to the swift preventative action of several restaurant and bar owners, he doesn’t drag our vacation to Mount Crumpit. Due to the spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19 – among the general population and in some cases among staff – several restaurant and bar owners in Houston have made the difficult decision to temporarily close. Some places that closed over the weekend are already reopening, while others remain closed over Christmas weekend.

Here are the places we know so far. This list will be updated as new information arrives. To notify us of restaurants and bars that are temporarily closed, please send us an email.

Already reopened

Angel sharing, 924 Congress: The downtown bar that donates part of the profits to charity closed briefly – just over the weekend – so employees could get tested. Fortunately, all tests came back negative so Angel Share is reopening at regular hours from Monday, December 20.

Brazil, 2604 Dunlavy: The Montrose Pillar closed on Sunday December 19 so staff can get tested. There must have been a lot of good news, because it is already back to usual schedules on Monday, December 20.

Temporarily closed

Boomtown Cafe, 242 West 19th in the Heights and 800 Capitol at the Understory Food Hall: At least for Monday, December 20, this local craft cafe is closed due to some employees’ exposure to COVID-19. The purpose of the temporary closure is to give staff time to be tested.

Dandelion coffee, 5405 Bellaire: This place for coffee, breakfast and lunch and late afternoon meals was among the first to announce its temporary closure. An email sent to its customer mailing list reported that several staff members had tested positive for COVID. The Dandelion Cafe will remain closed until the Christmas weekend and the current plan is to reopen on Monday, December 27.

Caffeine and Double Trouble cocktails, 3622 Main: The downtown café-bar closed this weekend so its team can get tested. Hopefully it will reopen at regular times on Wednesday, December 22.

J-Bar-M barbecue, 2201 Leeland: Well, that’s a bummer. Just a week after being named to our list of the best new restaurants of 2021, this top-notch barbecue restaurant with pitmaster Willow Villareal needs to take a break. It will be closed until Tuesday, December 28, due to several team members testing positive for COVID-19. If you pre-ordered a barbecue for Christmas, don’t worry. Minimal staff will always be available to make sure you receive your order, and customers with back orders will be contacted to make arrangements. You can also call (713) 534-1024 with any questions. Added 12/21/2021, 10:21 am

Nobie’s, 2048 Colquitt: On Sunday, December 19, this Montrose restaurant announced on Instagram that it was closing for holiday week earlier than expected. Originally, Nobie’s planned to close December 24-27 for the Christmas holidays. It is regularly closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so it only lost one day of work.

Pearl bar, 4216 Washington: No one wants to bring an illness home for the holidays, so the bar is doing its part by staying closed for now. The hope is that it will reopen soon after Christmas Day.

Squable, 632 West 19th: The acclaimed restaurant founded by Justin yu and Bobby heugel, and showcasing the talents of a chef Mark clayton, has suffered a few breakthroughs among vaccinated personnel. It is currently closed and has not yet announced a reopening date.

Little champions, 2617 McKinney: Nancy’s Hustle partner restaurant closed last weekend due to staff testing positive, but it was offered on a limited take-out menu. Co-owner Sean jensen plans to reopen on Tuesday, December 21. “We have no more cases and we ask everyone to test before they return,” he said by email. He also said Nancy’s Hustle has not been affected and has not closed.

Belly hospitality: All head Chris shepherd restaurants closed last weekend and will remain closed until Tuesday. These include One Fifth, Georgia James, and Georgia James Tavern. As it stands, UB Preserv is already on the verge of shutting down after a final day of service on Thursday, December 23. The hay merchant is granted an extension as it was originally scheduled to close on the same day. It will now remain open until Georgia James temporarily moves to One Fifth in mid-January. “The health of our staff is most important – we hope to have a plan for the rest of the week by tomorrow,” wrote a representative. All Underbelly Hospitality restaurants will also be closed from December 25 to 27 for the Christmas weekend.


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