Updated: 2:20 p.m. 7.27.12
Looks like downtown Houston has lost another steak shrine this week.
A lock-out notice dated July 26 was posted on the door at the Strip House, 1200 McKinney St. The notice implied the locks had been changed because of past-due rent.
The Strip House phone goes to voice mail and the clubby restaurant’s Twitter and Facebook accounts appear to be dead.
"We have been in this space for over seven years and we have done everything in our power to negotiate on our lease in good faith. Our goal is to resolve this matter as soon as possible so we can get back to business serving Houston," co-owner Penny Glazier of The Glazier Group said in a release early Friday.
Later reached by phone, Glazier sounded as though the closing was more final. “We made every effort -- sincerely made an effort -- to negotiate with the new landlord,” Glazier said.
As for Strip House’s future in Houston, Glazier said, it was a matter of sitting down “as a family" and deciding the next path.
Reached by phone, Chris Boucher, senior real estate manager for CBRE Inc., said he could confirm the steakhouse is closed, but couldn't comment on lease negotiations.
When asked whether a future tenant had been secured for the site, Boucher said, "no comment."
The Strip House opened in the Shops at Houston Center in 2004. It quickly became popular for its plush, retro-burlesque decor and its classic steakhouse fare such as Clams Casino, rack of lamb and its $20 baked potato.
In her review of the restaurant in January of 2005, Chronicle critic Alison Cook wrote:
“As irksome as it may be to hand the local steakhouse crown to an East Coast interloper, for my money this is the most interesting chop house in town. It's a steakhouse for the thinking diner.”
On Saturday night, Samba Grille closed its doors.
Despite good critical reviews (Cook awarded it a coveted two stars), Samba never found a solid audience in its Bayou Place location.