Wasn’t it just Monday that Mai’s Restaurant on Milam St. in Midtown burned to a soggy crisp? And the owners said they’d rebuild . . . somewhere.
What timing: The very next day, the other fire-singed Midtown restaurant reopened for the business. Brennan’s of Houston had its battle with flames almost a year and a half ago, right in the middle of Hurricane Ike.
The brick Brennan’s building at the corner of Smith St. and Stuart — as reconfigured by Studio Red Architects — now features a slightly smaller courtyard (and a new but smaller tree to replace the vintage 1970 oak the fire killed), but restores a few original elements — including several large arched windows — from architect John Staub’s original design. There’s a new “courtyard bar,” too. The 1930 building originally housed Houston’s Junior League.
- Houston Welcomes Back an Old Friend [Eating Our Words]
- No longer blackened, Brennan’s is back [Houston Chronicle]
- Brennan’s Is Back [Brennan’s]
- Previously on Swamplot: Brennan’s Restaurant: 80 Percent Back Soon
Photo of Brennan’s of Houston Restaurant, 3300 Smith St.: Jay Lee