The combo punches of more than six months of street construction near its restaurant as well as the financial downturn caused by Hurricane Harvey, has resulted in F.E.E.D. TX Restaurant Group's announcement today that it is calling it quits at its Garden Oaks location.
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The Houston Press this year had named Liberty Kitchen Garden Oaks at 3715 Alba as one of the best restaurants in that area of town.
F.E.E.D. TX Restaurant Group has just sent out this announcement:
With great regret, as of Sunday, November 19, we have permanently closed Liberty Kitchen Garden Oaks. We are thankful for our welcoming, friendly neighbors in Garden Oaks and Oak Forest for their continuous support, and are grateful for the hard- working employees that helped us make our neighbors feel at home.
From late 2016 to mid-2017, construction in the street on which the restaurant is located and surrounding areas severely impacted accessibility to LKGO. This, in turn, created a months-long drop in traffic and revenue. The restaurant stayed afloat through the period during the construction, after which we had a re-launch of sorts to celebrate. We debuted a new menu, a new beer garden and a new parking lot in an effort to revitalize patronage. However, the financial strain we experienced early on is one we were unable to recover from in the longer run. Hurricane Harvey served as an additional financial hurdle company-wide, as it did for so many restaurants around Houston. Taking all of this into consideration, we made the tough decision to close our doors—this was in the best interest of all stakeholders.
We hope to have the opportunity to serve LKGO guests at Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar, located close by, as well as at Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette in River Oaks and Liberty Kitchen at the Treehouse in Memorial City. You’ll see familiar faces at these locations, as the staff of LKGO was offered the opportunity to transfer to those locations upon the announcement of the restaurant’s closure.