Houlihan’s closes Fort Worth location, leaving 2 in DFW area

The Houlihan The chain of restaurants has closed a number of restaurants, including the only location in Fort Worth.

The location in the Alliance Town Center next to Mi Cocina was closed on December 28, according to a notice on the front door.

“There is never a good time to close a restaurant, but due to the liquidation of the bankruptcy estate, the Fort Worth Houlihan site has closed with effect from December 29,” the statement said.

The bankruptcy relates to Houlihan’s Restaurants Inc. filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November, which is part of a sale to Landry’s for $ 40 million in cash.

Other closings occurred in Dallas with the location on Belt Line Road; and in San Antonio. The locations have already been removed from the Houlihan website. They also had a location in Arlington that 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 shopping mall.

Regulars in Fort Worth loved the 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 inexpensive steaks.

They were also pretty good at rolling over time, adding gluten-free and vegan dishes like the crispy cauliflower pan with homemade General Tso-style sauce tossed over brown rice with crispy cauliflower and fried red peppers, peas, and spring onions.

The closure seems sudden; The Fort Worth location only posted a notice of help on its Facebook page on December 17th.

The restaurant thanked customers for their support and said efforts would be made to find a home for their displaced employees.

“Management is doing everything possible to minimize the impact on the affected team members by working to move them to different ongoing locations and contacting 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 hope to see you at our Garland restaurant or in one of the many other places as you travels the country.”

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Stephanie Allmon Merry contributed to this story.

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