The marquee outside Las Alamedas says it all: 28 Great Years. Thank You Houston. We Will Relocate.
After an extended battle with their landlords -- who greedily increased the monthly rent on the building by 50% -- the owners of Las Alamedas have finally closed their doors.
And although the sign promises that they'll be open once again in a new incarnation, nothing is set in stone and no one knows what will ultimately become of the popular Mexican restaurant.
Las Alamedas' beautiful stucco building, reminiscent of an old hacienda and full of gorgeous antiques, was the site of many a family brunch, birthday celebration and romantic evening. Now it stands emptied and austere, the signs of neglect appearing prominently in the absence of any activity.
Photos of the abandoned interior are after the jump.
The front porch of Las Alamedas, where a sign is posted promisingly on the heavy main doors. Could it be a note to their former patrons?
No dice. It's just an opportunistic note from the Marriott down the street, advertising their services to anyone whose plans were disrupted by Las Alamedas' closure. You stay classy, Marriott.
El Arca de Noe, once the private dining room, now has plenty of availability.
The main dining room has been stripped bare of anything that wasn't nailed down.
The view onto the bayou from the dining room remains stunning, and is even enhanced by the complete lack of anything else in the room to distract from it.
Apparently, the only things that weren't nailed down but weren't good enough to take were these lonely tables and a solitary plant.
The awnings outside have begun to give up the ghost.
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Damages to the exterior are patently visible now.
Here's hoping that another restaurant is able to save this gorgeous building from falling further into disrepair.
And here's hoping that it won't be too long before we see Las Alamedas in its next life.