A couple of readers have written in to let us know that Hue Vietnamese Restaurant — otherwise known as the first but hopeful occupant of the revamped but still extremely lonely strip center at the southwest corner of Richmond and Kirby — has closed. One writes:
I have a feeling it was a casualty of a low occupancy building with additional damage inflicted by continual Kirby Ave roadwork. It’s a shame, the food and drink were mighty tasty and the building itself has some nifty lighting. Better looking than most new builds.
Azuma and Soma owner Yun Cheng opened Hue last summer. Clearly the brightest spot in the L-shaped corner strip, the restaurant never lacked for parking. Real-estate investor Jonathan Kagan bought the center in 2003, telling the Houston Business Journal at the time:
I don’t know what I will do with it, but I will not leave it the way it is.
True to his word, Kagan removed the center’s existing tenants and added a second story as part of a long renovation that never quite lived up to the drawings used to advertise it.
- Low-key real estate investor buys retail center on high-profile site [Houston Business Journal]
Photo of Hue interior: Jenny Wang