Houlihan's closes Fort Worth location, leaving 2 in DFW area
The Houlihan's restaurant chain closed down a number of restaurants and that includes its only location in Fort Worth.
The location at Alliance Town Center, next to Mi Cocina, closed on December 28, according to a note posted on the front door.
"There is never a good time to close a restaurant, but due to the wind down of the bankruptcy estate, the Fort Worth Houlihan’s location has closed effective December 29," the notice said.
The bankruptcy refers to Houlihan's Restaurants Inc. filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November, part of a sale to Landry's for $40 million in cash.
Other closures occurred in Dallas with the location on Belt Line Road; and in San Antonio. The locations have already been removed from Houlihan's website. They also had a location in Arlington that was closed in September 2018.
In the DFW area, the company has two remaining locations: in Denton and Garland, on the South side of the Firewheel Town Center mall.
Regulars at the Fort Worth location loved it for its happy hour deals, great service, and good food, with few comparable restaurants in the area. Favorite dishes included the Thai chili wings, stuffed mushrooms, and reasonably priced steaks.
They've also been pretty good about rolling with the times, adding gluten-free and vegan dishes such as the crispy cauliflower stir-fry with house-made General Tso-style sauce tossed with crispy cauliflower over brown rice, stir fried red bell peppers, snow peas, and scallions.
The closure seems sudden; the Fort Worth location posted a help-wanted notice on its Facebook page as recently as December 17.
The restaurant thanked customers for their support, and said that efforts would be made to find a home for their displaced employees.
"Management is doing everything possible to minimize the impact to affected team members by working to place them at different continuing locations and reaching out to local restaurant companies on behalf of the team members," it said. "On behalf of the entire Fort Worth team, thank you for your support and friendship over the years. We do hope to see you at our Garland restaurant or one of the many other locations as your travels take you around the country."
Stephanie Allmon Merry contributed to this story.