Glass Wall In The Heights Closing To Become More Casual Concept
A reader contacted us to say that Glass Wall, a dining mainstay at 933 Studewood in The Heights, has quietly closed. The last service was on Mother’s Day. Leading up to that point, Glass Wall was selling bottles of wine for half price—perhaps a telltale sign of what was imminent.
Restaurant owner Studewood Hospitality Group LLC was able to provide comments via a press release after our inquiry. Tim Jones, a partner in the group, was quoted as follows:
“We’re extremely proud of Glass Wall’s contribution to making the Heights a dining destination in Houston. While it is bittersweet to say goodbye to a place that has meant so much to the revitalization of this neighborhood over the past decade, we are confident that when we reopen, we will offer the Heights a fresh concept that better reflects contemporary dining trends as well as the culinary preferences of Houston’s red-hot foodie community. SHG extends its sincere gratitude to Glass Wall’s many loyal customers, servers, and staff for their dedication to the restaurant over the years.”
When Glass Wall opened in 2006, the Houston Press restaurant critic at the time, Robb Walsh, declared, “This is one of the best new restaurants that’s opened in Houston in years. The menu is ‘off the wall’ (if you will) and a joy to read.”
That was 11 years ago—forever in one of the most fickle industries of all. Glass Wall has been a constant as the Heights has evolved into Ground Zero for new restaurant openings. In this business, it’s grow or die—and Glass Wall’s owners clearly know it’s time for a change.
The new concept is expected to open at the end of this summer.
Phaedra Cook has written about Houston’s restaurant and bar scene since 2010. She was a regular contributor to My Table magazine (now closed) and was the lead restaurant critic for the Houston Press for two years, eventually being promoted to food editor. Cook founded Houston Food Finder in November 2016 and has been its editor and publisher ever since.