Photo by Craig Hlavaty
Good news for the semi-sloshed hordes who will stumble out of clubs this weekend and blindly head to Mai's, only to find a burned-out hulk: The owners say they will reopen. Or, at least, make "every effort to bring Mai's Restaurant back as quickly as we can."
Here's the official statement:
Dear beloved Friends and Patrons,
First and foremost, we would like to thank everyone for all the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time of loss for our family. Although we suffered a truly tragic event today, we are relieved in knowing that no one was hurt and none of our family or employees were harmed during the incident, which occurred today.
We are proud to have been serving Houston since 1978. Not only did we lose a building and a business today, but we also lost a place where our family's dreams were realized and very fond memories were made. Mai's Restaurant has been a place where our family's hopes and our patrons' loyalty led it to thrive from a small pool hall to a bustling restaurant that stood before today. Our family's journey has been blessed by the support of our family, staff, friends, and gracious patrons.
It is a great condolence to us to hear that our friends and patrons also feel a loss, and that our small family business also meant a great deal to the Houston community. Because of your love and encouragement, our family is making every effort to bring Mai's Restaurant back as quickly as we can. Though we have suffered greatly in this event, we are optimistic about the future and are prepared to renew, reinvent, and rebuild. Thank you, again, for your continued support during this difficult time for our family. Please continue to come back and visit us online as we will communicate periodic updates about our progress via our website.
On behalf of the Mai's Family