Pappas permanently closes 5 of its Houston restaurants – Houston Chronicle

The Pappas Restaurants group announced it has permanently closed five of its Houston restaurants including Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, 2410 Richmond.

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The Houston-proud Pappas Restaurants group has announced it is permanently closing five of its locations in Houston as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to take its toll on local restaurants.

Yia Yia Mary’s Mediterranean Kitchen (4747 San Felipe in the Galleria neighborhood), Pappas Seafood House (11301 I-45 North at Aldine Bender), Pappas Shrimp Shack (6945 I-45 at Woodridge), Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen (2410 Richmond near Kirby), and Little Pappas Seafood House (3001 S. Shepherd at West Alabama) are all closed, Pappas spokeswoman Christina Pappas confirmed Friday.

The news of the five Pappas closures was first reported by CultureMap.

Pappas said Friday’s news was not an easy announcement for the restaurant group that operates some of Houston’s favorite restaurants including Pappasito’s and Pappas Bros. Steakhouse.

“Through this unbelievably trying time, our amazing team members have worked exceptionally hard, and we are so proud of each and every one of them. We have remained strong because of the innovation of our team. We have more than 80 locations that either remained open or have reopened,” according to the statement.

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The company will offer employees at the five shuttered locations positions at other Pappas restaurants.

“Additionally, we are hiring at many of our locations we look forward to building our team back up. Our first priority was rehiring team members,” the statement continued.

Pappas said that it would be reopening its three downtown locations – Pappas Bros. Steakhouse on McKinney, Pappasito’s in the Hilton Americas Hotel, and Pappadeaux at Avenida Houston – “as soon as possible.”

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    Greg Morago was a features editor and reporter for The Hartford Courant for 25 years before joining the Houston Chronicle as food editor in 2009. He writes about food, restaurants, spirits, travel, fashion and beauty. He is a native Arizonan and member of the Pima tribe of the Gila River Indian Community.