Hickory Hollow sells Heights location to Braun Enterprises
Hickory Hollow, a longtime barbecue, chicken-fried steak and live music venue in the Heights, will close after January, the restaurant’s new landlord announced.
Houston-based Braun Enterprises has purchased the 4,500-square-foot building from Tony Riedel, who will be consolidating the business to the original Fallbrook location at the end of January.
The building, at 101 Heights Boulevard just north of Washington Avenue, is being marketed for lease as a restaurant. The property, built in 1940, is catty-corner from the upcoming H-E-B-anchored Buffalo Heights mixed-use development.
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“We strongly value well-placed inner-loop second-generation restaurants,” Braun Enterprises director of leasing Zach Wolf said in an email. “This building has a unique history and it is important to Braun Enterprises to try and preserve that. There is already tremendous traffic in this area and it will only increase with this project. The area only continues to get more dense with office and apartments.”
Hickory Hollow opened at 8038 Fallbrook in northwest Houston in 1977. Reidel purchased the business in 1979 and expanded to the Heights in 1987. Come February, fans of plate-sized chicken fried steak will have to drive 15 miles away to get their fix.
Braun Enterprises has redeveloped nearly 30 older buildings in the Heights area into new retail and restaurant space, including Heights Waterworks and Harold’s in the Heights.