One clue that the Social Junkie Sports Bar has come to the end of its almost-4-year run at the northwest corner of Washington Ave and Sawyer St.: The end-zone-styled valet parking lot pictured in the above recent photo is empty — all the way to the 25-yard line. Another clue: the “It’s been real . . . we out” goodbye notice posted to the establishment’s Instagram feed over the weekend. A reader tells us the place is shuttered and everything inside has been “thrown away.“
Longtime Houstonians may remember the multi-level spot at 2412 Washington Ave as a sports bar named Sawyer Park, or before its expansion and be-decking, as the single-story Pig Stand No. 7 of Terms of Endearment sequel fame.
But it’s likely we’ll soon be remembering this spot as something else: The property was purchased in March of last year by Braun Enterprises, the local development firm that’s known for buying, renovating, and re-leasing older retail properties in the Heights, the Washington Ave area, Montrose, and a few other areas in town. A leasing flyer produced this past May and posted to the Braun website advertises the property’s 2-level restaurant layout, the parking available on the 20,000-sq.-ft. lot, and its proximity to other commercial areas in the Washington Corridor — including the confetti-brick warehouse Braun owns around the corner at 1005 Sawyer St.
- Previously on Swamplot: ‘Sports Bar with Class’ Replacing Sports Bar on Washington Ave; When Pigs Fly: Sawyer Sportsbar Gets Its Wings; The Pig’s New Gig: Sawyer Sportsbar