The Heights just couldn't catch a break this week. City Oven, located at 2802 White Oak, took down its signage and began clearing out the restaurant on Sunday, July 20. City Oven was owned by HUSA Management, Inc., who also owns Local Pour, Baker Street Pub & Grill in Rice Village, Watson's House of Ales and Sherlock's. HUSA co-owner Edgar Carlson released this statement to the Houston Press: "After opening City Oven last September at the White Oak location, we regretfully have decided to permanently close. We would like to thank all of our customers and the Heights community for their support, and we look forward to continuing to serve the Houston community at our numerous other concepts, including the new Local Pour opening in The Woodlands later this year."
It wouldn't be a surprise if the space in the Heights is snatched up quickly by another restaurant owner, as it is in a prime location near other restaurants and bars, such as Christian's Tailgate, Onion Creek and BB's Cafe. Or, it could be turned into another concept from HUSA.
It was a very confusing day on Tuesday, July 22, when a "For Lease" sign was spotted outside Zelko Bistro's front door. The Heights Life posted this photograph and discovered that owner and chef Jamie Zelko has been in negotiations for six months with the realtor who represents the property owners. Later that Tuesday afternoon, Zelko posted this statement on Facebook,
"Hello Everyone!!!!! We are not going anywhere!!! Currently in process of renewing our lease. Thank you all so much for all of your support!!!!! Sending love to all of you! -Dalia & Jamie"The sign has been taken down from the front yard, and Zelko Bistro continues to serve its customers. We will keep you updated with more information.