Strange Shuttering

Once-popular North Austin pub shutters — owners blame Hurricane Harvey

Once-popular North Austin pub shutters — owners blame Hurricane Harvey

Glass of beer and a shot on a bar
Pour one out for Baker Street Pub. istock

Multiple locations of a once-popular bar chain shuttered across the state this week including one in Austin. Strangely, the establishment cited Hurricane Harvey as one of the causes. 

Sherlock's Baker St. Pub and Grill announced on Facebook that its Research Boulevard location in North Austin is now closed. A call to Sherlock's sister restaurant, Baker Street Pub & Grill on South Lamar confirmed that they are still open. 

The company also announced it was shuttering two outposts in north Houston — one in Willowbrook and the other in Cypress — but the Houston location of Sherlock's on Westheimer remains open. Two locations in Fort Worth also closed, as CultureMap Fort Worth reports

All of the shuttered bars posted essentially identical messages to Facebook that read in part:

"Although the timing of this may be difficult for everyone, we want to assure you that we will provide opportunities for every eligible employee to be placed at another location. We’ve made a lot of friends and we hope that your memories here will last a lifetime. This chapter closes, but another will open soon."

Of course, as many outraged employees pointed out on the Austin post, Harvey's effect didn't reach Austin or Fort Worth. The decisions to shutter seems even more abrupt given that both the Austin and Willowbrook locations posted a full month's worth of band bookings on December 1. 

The closures are only the latest setbacks for owner HUSA Management Inc. Earlier this year, the company closed the Local Pour in Houston to make way for a 30-story luxury high rise. Baker St. Pub's Rice Village location closed in 2016 when the property owner elected not to renew its lease; that location ultimately became the city's second of the Austin-based Hopdoddy Burger Bar.