If you’re thinking of heading to Backstreet Cafe for lunch, brunch or dinner, don’t — at least, not in January. The restaurant, located in a venerable two-story home built in the 1920s at 1103 South Shepherd, is closed for the month while some much-needed repairs are performed.
The restaurant temporarily closed on January 3, 2022 and, while it’s hard to pinpoint a date when it comes to construction projects, H Town Restaurant Group owners Tracy Vaught and James Beard Award-winning chef Hugo Ortega hope to reopen the first week of February. There are two main issues: the kitchen floor needs replacing and the foundation needs leveling.
“This project means we will be temporarily closed for about one month to get this big job done,” said Vaught via press release. “It’s not how we wanted to start the new year and our 39th year of business, but it is important and we decided, let’s start the year off right!”
The good news is that all of the other H Town Restaurant Group establishments are open as usual, so diners can still visit Hugo’s, Caracol, Xochi or URBE, which we recently named a Best New Restaurant of 2021.
Backstreet Cafe is known not only as a favorite Houston restaurant for nearly 39 years, but it was also Vaught’s first. Diners appreciate the homey setting, extensive back patio with a fountain (with frequent bird visitors) and varied menu, which is not only vegetarian- and vegan-friendly, but also has plenty of options for those who enjoy meat.