It's just the kind of announcement I hate finding on Facebook.
Owner Carol Neatherton says (via Facebook):
"It has been a great ride! From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all my past and present employees who have been like family to me and all the customers who have touched my life over these 27 years. To all my alumni groups that helped make all those years possible, just know that when your teams play I will still be cheering right along with you!"
The owners of SRO are native Houstonians and are proud to have been a part of the Houston business community for so many years and are proud of this wonderful city!
The bar went out on a melancholy note. Sunday night, Feb. 23, it hosted the Norma Zenteno Benefit and Tribute Concert, which drew hundreds of fans, friends and family of the 60-year-old local musician who died Friday evening of breast cancer complications.
"It was bittersweet," Neatherton said of Sunday night when we caught up to her by phone.
Neatherton said with the Highway 290 widening project impacting the future of Northwest Mall that it "was just time" to close. The bar relocated the west end of the mall in July of 2001.
SRO was known for its size, its diverse clientele and the way it catered to alumni groups. The bar, which anchored the west end of Northwest Mall, was the unofficial headquarters for dozens of alumni groups, including Georgia, Kansas State and Ohio State.
Of any future plans, Neatherton said, "I'm going to take a deep breath. Twenty-seven years is a long time. I'm just going to see what doors open up."