The Brennan’s Restaurant building at 3300 Smith St. in Midtown — designed in 1930 by Houston architect John Staub — was originally the home of Houston’s Junior League. A fire during Hurricane Ike left it a brick shell. But now the owners say they’ll rebuild.
Alex Brennan-Martin — and the Brennan’s website — have said as much a number of times before. But today he announced it at a press conference with the mayor. An unspecified “80 percent” of the building will be restored. The new Brennan’s is expected to open in October, its old courtyard oak replaced with a free-range model imported from Hermann Park.
Also snuck into the press conference: the 2 new restaurants Brennan-Martin be opening with partners in the aptly named CityCentre, the Town & Country Mall replacement parked at the crotch of I-10 and the Beltway. Café Rosé and Bistro Alex should open inside the new Hotel Sorella there in July.
- Brennan’s of Houston to Re-emerge This Fall One Year After Hurricane Ike [Houston Downtown Alliance, via Swamplot inbox]
- Brennan’s to Reopen; 125 Jobs and One New Tree to be Added to Midtown [Eating Our Words]
- Brennan’s of Houston plans to reopen in October [Houston Chronicle]
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Photo of Brennan’s after Hurricane Ike: Flickr users hannu & hannele