Harwood Grill, the restaurant with a focus on Akaushi beef, is going the way of its predecessor, 60 Degrees Mastercrafted. A press release from earlier today stated that the restaurant’s last night of service will be December 12.
Harwood Grill opened in the midst of some really bad, road-hampering construction. 60 Degrees Mastercrafted’s chef Fritz Gitschner blamed that construction for the demise of his own restaurant. That work is now almost complete, but apparently not in time to save Harwood.
Harwood Grill’s owners say they’ve received an offer from a third party who wants to take over the space. The press release only identifies the future occupants as “a restaurant group with a time-sensitive need to relocate their existing operation.”
Our review of Harwood Grill two months ago revealed an enthusiastic, congenial staff but the food just wasn’t impressive, save for a very pleasing chicken fried steak. At one point during the review visits, Harwood Grill’s parking lot was completely blocked off by the construction. It certainly could not have been easy to grow a business in that environment.
Harwood isn't the only restaurant in the area that has struggled to survive. Modern Korean concept Dosi closed in early October, despite critical praise from both the Houston Press and Houston Chronicle.
Diners who want one last taste of those Akaushi steaks should make a reservation before Harwood Grill rides off into the sunset. A full copy of the press release is below.
December 4, 2015
To the friends and fans of Harwood Grill:
Harwood Grill’s management team was recently approached by a local restaurant ownership group with a time-sensitive need to relocate their existing operation.
We have accepted their offer and will be closing Harwood Grill on Saturday, December 12th.
Our staff has been notified and we are working to secure employment for them locally, possibly with the hospitality enterprise which will soon occupy our location at 2300 Westheimer.
We are grateful for the loyalty of our customers and the support of our industry colleagues and the media.
Thanks for a great ride!
The Harwood Grill Team