Hickory Hollow Closing Heights Location

If you’ve never treated yourself to the chicken fried steak at Hickory Hollow, be sure to do so while you still have the chance! It was recently announced that the Heights institution will be closing its doors for good in January, after 31 years in business. Hickory Hollow has been declared the best chicken fried steak in Houston by nearly every publication that bestows such a designation, and locals and tourists alike flock there for the Texas staple.

Hickory Hollow’s Heights restaurant at 101 Heights Boulevard. Image c/o of Braun Enterprises.

Braun Enterprises

Braun Enterprises purchased the property on Heights Boulevard. The 2nd generation restaurant space is on the currently on the market for lease. At this time, there has been no announcement made about a secured tenant. If you can’t bear the thought of life without Hickory Hollow, you’re in luck! The other location on Fallbrook near Highway 249 will remain open. News of the closing took many Houstonians by surprise. Hickory Hollow has remained as busy as ever and there have been no indication that business would be closing its doors.

Hickory Hollow’s owner, Tony Riedel, in 2017 and in the early ’80s. Images c/o of Dave Rossman, via Houston Chronicle and Tony Riedel, via My San Antonio

What is Next for Hickory Hollow?

Hickory Hollow Owner, Tony Riedel says his decision to close the Heights location is due in part to personal issues, unrelated to the business. He is in the process of turning operation of the restaurants over to some of his top employees and consolidating into a single location. Hickory Hollow will continue to provide catering services.

Image c/o of Hickory Hollow

Before January

After the Hickory Hollow in the Heights closes in January, you’ll find us visiting the Fallbrook location to get our fix. In the meantime, we see this as an excellent opportunity to indulge in the “CFS” the Heights while we still can. Circa’s tip: Comfort food goes great with live music. Stop by on a Wednesday for acoustic country, Texas folk and oldies, Bluegrass jamming on Fridays or Ukulele jams on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Thursday, with no cover charge.

Featured image c/o Texas BBQ Ranger blog.