A spokesperson for Buffalo Grille parking-lot tenant H-E-B confirms that the popular West U brunch-and-lunch spot will be moving from its current location on Bissonnet at Buffalo Speedway after its lease expires next year, “to a new location yet to be determined.” But one possible new location for the Buffalo Grille — a portion of the former JMH Market on Rice Blvd. — was just snapped up by the owners of Thompson + Hansen Nursery and Tiny Boxwood’s. The Buffalo Grille’s John McAleer tells the West University Examiner
“Right now…pickings are very slim. Any vacant space in the West U area, or the closest you can get to it, we’re looking at it. We have a year left, and we’re looking at that perfect location to find.”
How awkward: McAleer’s parents, Mac and Betty McAleer, “are part of the management team that owns the land on which the Buffalo Grille and H-E-B are situated,” the Examiner‘s Charlotte Aguilar and Steve Mark explain. And Molina’s Restaurant — displaced from the shopping center a few years ago when H-E-B redeveloped it — is still looking for its own replacement West U location.
Back in February, John McAleer told the West U city council that a lack of parking was the issue. The 26-year-old Buffalo Grille typically has the largest number of customers on weekends — which is also a popular time of the week for H-E-B shoppers. McAleer said H-E-B officials were worried that a lack of parking spots was sending potential customers to the Kroger across Buffalo Speedway.
- Buffalo Grille confirms it’s leaving longtime location [West University Examiner]
- Previously on Swamplot: The Coming Migration of the Buffalo Grille?, Restaurant-Garage Combo on Westpark Put On Hold, The Tiny Boxwood’s Hybrid Headed for West University
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