Some restaurants just couldn't wait for the Mayan apocalypse on December 21, 2012, and decided to implode all on their own, while other restaurants simply expired of old age and waning interest in a city that's constantly chasing after the next big thing.
Instead of a toast to the restaurants we'll miss the most (as we did in 2011 and in 2010), this year we're rounding up the most notable restaurant closings of 2012. Because -- let's be honest -- not all of these restaurants are worth missing.
They say that bad luck happens in threes, and that was certainly the case with three devastating fires that shut down three popular Houston restaurants, starting with the blaze that consumed Late Nite Pie late at night in February. The fire was later determined to be arson, as was the fire that heavily damaged fellow pizza parlor Dolce Vita in May. Jacob Colby Garvin, an alleged homeless man living nearby, was arrested in connection with the fire in June and -- thankfully -- Dolce Vita made a full recovery, reopening in August.
The Broken Spoke, however, wasn't so lucky. A fire that was allegedly set by another homeless man completely destroyed the Belgian restaurant in September. Owner Roy de la Garza decided not to reopen the restaurant, citing competition from his former partner -- Catherine Duwez, who left to open Cafe Brussels not far away -- and being understandably busy in his day job as principal of Milby High School.