Houston Tex-Mex institution Molina's Cantina is closing its Washington Avenue location on Saturday, September 30. The restaurant announced today in a press release that its ten-year lease expired in late 2016 at 4720 Washington, but instead of continuing to lease month-to-month or renewing, the restaurant is seeking a new location in west Houston.
Raul Molina III, Ricardo and Roberto — the three brothers who co-own the restaurant, which their grandparents launched in 1941 — plan to transfer staff from the Washington location to their other locations, 3801 Bellaire and 7901 Westheimer, or assist in finding them new jobs.
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"This was a difficult decision for us and we can't say enough about the support we have received from our Washington Avenue guests," said Ricardo Molina via the press release. "Many are friends who we consider family. Our hope is to continue to serve them at our Bellaire and Westheimer locations."
The Molina brothers' plan is to find a new space near the Katy and Fulshear corridor. Apparently, parking issues and increased rent have been deciding factors in the closure and planned relocation. Raul Molina III also added, "We've been in business for 76 years and plan to be in business for a long time to come."