The original Shepherd-side location of 59 Diner is now up for lease, with teal-and-bubblegum exteriorÂ still intact. The whole 59Â chain shut downÂ suddenly at the end of February,Â amidÂ aÂ tangleÂ of formal and informal disputesÂ regardingÂ employee pay.Â The listing indicates thatÂ the 6,000-sq.-ft. building (officiallyÂ located at 3801 Farnham St.) can be divided, as long as the future tenant wants at least 2,000 ft.
The ex-diner property is next door toÂ the smaller building now housingÂ The Halal Guys, whose red-and-yellow stripedÂ canopyÂ is visible on the right in the east-facing photo above. The formerÂ carwash reopened as the New-York-food-cart-gone-international-chain’s first Texas location a few weeks before the 59 closures;Â hundreds of customers linedÂ up outside the tiny venue during the opening weekend rush, some allegedly fillingÂ 59’s parking lotÂ whileÂ waiting for hours for gyros and chicken.
- 3801 Farnham St.Â [LoopNet]
- 59 Diner Owner Showed Up to Pay Employees â€” and It Got TenseÂ [Houston Press]
- Longtime Houston diner shutters remaining locationsÂ [HBJ]
- Previously on Swamplot:Â 59 Shake: You Want Fries with That?