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Houston's at Wildwood to Close

The last day of business for the Windy Hill Road restaurant is Jan. 31.

The lower Powers Ferry Road corridor in East Cobb has been a troublesome place for restaurants in recent years.

And now another vacancy is about to occur.

According to the Atlanta restaurant, real estate and retail blog What Now, the Houston's location at Powers Ferry Road and Windy Hill Road will be closing on Jan. 31.

The "upscale American casual" chain, which has three remaining locations in Atlanta, also features valet parking and does a good lunch business serving neighboring commercial and office parks, including Wildwood.

No reason was given for the closing, according to the What Now post, but other nearby restaurant space has emptied out due in part to the recession.

Houston's is part of a string of restaurants on the eastern side of Powers Ferry Road that is largely empty. It is adjacent to the Sal Grosso Brazilian steakhouse and two doors down from the Rose and Crown Tavern, which opened in 2010 in the place of the former La Madeleine restaurant. 

On the other side of the Rose and Crown are two long-vacant standalone restaurant buildings, including a former TGI Friday's location.

What Now has referred to the area as a "death row" for restaurants, but Rose and Crown remains as a family-owned neighborhood-style pub, with live music twice a week.

Russell January 24, 2013 at 01:07 AM
Sounds like greedy property owners... That place is ALWAYS busy... Has NOTHING to do with recession ... The Wildwood location is the best of all the Houstons locations ... And I know ... I frequent them from ATL to LA Greedy property owners did the same thing to the one in Century City... Had nothing to do with recession... ALWAYS had a wait there too. Such a sad story!
Jadzia January 25, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Same property owners that wanted to put a Racetrack on one of the empty restaurant locations - fortunately the zoning fight was too tough for them. I live in the Condo high rise near by, there are 600 or so people in my building. Coca Cola, IBM, GE, Smith Barney, etc are all located within walking distance of these properties. I think it has everything to do with the property owner not having vision and just going for the money. My understanding is the property owner is a Swiss bank. So perhaps it is also negligence.
Bel Wether February 06, 2013 at 12:17 PM
IBM is has not been in the Wildwood office park for a several years (the IBM employee credit union still operates in the 3200 building- maybe that is what you are thinking of). I do not know why Houston's closed, but assuming it was because property management wanted more money is narrow-thinking. What is wrong with the property management (CBRE Investors/Strategic Partners U.S.) "... going for the money"? I get frustrated with such comments- of course they are "going for the money"- they are a business, their goal is to make money. Perhaps it was Hillstone Restaurant Group (owners of Houston's) "going for the money" and they weren't willing to negotiate renewal of the building lease. Which would be ok, because after all, they too are a business whose goal is to make money.
Ira February 06, 2013 at 01:50 PM
It is a business decision. Businesses are there to make money for their investors. Who knows what caused the Houston's to close, but business decisions by the property owners and the restaurant owners led to its closing. They both have a goal of making a profit and serving their clients.
Balonie Sandvich February 13, 2013 at 04:44 PM
So the land owner made a money making business decision that caused Houston to leave which subsequently caused the land owner not to make any more money is an ok business decision? Are you sucking any of the land owners' balls right now?
Scott February 23, 2013 at 01:20 AM
I'm just really sad, I drove down from Chattanooga just to eat those GREAT ribs and now I'm at Fuddruckers, what a down grade, just because of more $ from someone .
Courtney March 05, 2013 at 02:38 AM
I don't know what the property owners are thinking. Maybe they working on something big and they're driving out tenants. Scott, you could have driven the 4 or 5 miles to the other Houston's at West Paces. I know you're not from the area, but this is 2013 and I hope you do have a phone with google maps??? :-)
kc May 04, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Why would anyone assume this is about "greedy property owners"? Restaurants are notoriously tough businesses. My belief is that Houston's must not be particularly good at managing their margins. They closed their dunwoody location a few years ago under the same conditions - always a wait, people loved the food, but yet it can't make money. Worse yet is that the Houston's clone - J Alexanders, which I do not like nearly as well - successfully repalced Houston's in the same location. Same is happening around the country. Too bad

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