The Original Hubcap Grill Location in Downtown Houston is Closed

Hubcap Grill downtown sign

The original Hubcap Grill location in downtown Houston at 1111 Prairie is officially closed, according to a Tweet by owner Ricky Craig.

It was from this tiny location, with only a small building for the kitchen, cash register counter and a few seats and a patio that ran alongside the building, that Craig and his parents started the successful Houston burger chain. Due to the size of the location, it only served lunch and it was common to see both his mom and dad behind the counter.

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A Waffle Burger at Hubcap Grill. Photo by Chuck Cook Photography.

Several Hubcap Grill locations are still open and serving the creative burgers upon which Craig built his brand: the second location with a spacious yard at 1133 West 19th in the Heights, one at 1918 East NASA Parkway in Seabrook and the most recent in the heart of The Strand in Galveston at 2021 Strand Street. For travelers passing through Terminal A of George Bush Intercontinental Airport, there’s a Hubcap Grill stand behind the security checkpoint.

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One Hubcap Grill location is in Terminal A at IAH. Photo by Ricky Craig.

Craig’s Tweet also reveals the intention for further growth for the local burger chain — that is, in addition to a forthcoming Pearland location. To date, there’s never been a franchised Hubcap Grill. One reason is because Craig is a famously hands-on owner, often driving from the Heights to Galveston or vice-versa to personally check the operations at each place. However, it seems he’s now open to the idea of his acclaimed burgers, and the methodology behind them, being available to enjoy outside of Houston.

Curiously, this is the third food-related business on Prairie Street that’s closed this week. Today is also the last day for Conservatory food hall and Prohibition. Both of those, however, are set to relocate and reopen at the Chapman and Kirby location east of downtown.

Undoubtedly, there are downtown workers who are going to be sad to not have the little Hubcap Grill shack to walk to and get a Philly Cheesesteak Burger, Muffaletta Burger or even just a good ol’ classic hamburger anymore.

So, where to get a burger fix in that area of downtown now? Here are a couple of excellent choices just blocks away. Chef Shannen Tune’s Craft Burger stand is located in Finn Hall at 712 Main. The full menu is online but the Morning After Burger, with Black Angus beef, candied bacon, smoked gouda, fried egg and served on a bacon-cheddar waffle is the former Chopped winner’s claim to fame. Those willing to drop some extra cash for a prime beef burger and classy dining experience might steer towards Vic & Anthony’s at for either The Vic Burger with American and cheddar cheeses and bacon or The Anthony Burger with Saga Bleu Cheese. Both come with fries and are only served for lunch.

If you have other burger recommendations for that area, help out your fellow readers and leave a comment.

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