Houston’s premier pancake supplier suddenly closes its doors
Reached by phone, owner Steve Drayer told CultureMap the reason for the closure is simple. Business had slowed to the point that the restaurant could no longer pay its bills. That’s sad news, especially at a time when breakfast concepts like Snooze seem to be booming in the Houston area.
The iconic thin, pancake-like pancakes at the Fountain View Cafe have been praised by diners and critics alike. As an elder Houston Press food critic Katharine Shilcutt explained in 2012: “The pancakes here are incredibly thin, straddling crepe and crepe, with lacy, delicate edges and a rich, buttery taste.”
While the cafe may not have lived up to expectations financially, the space is unlikely to stay empty for long. Located next to the huge HEB on the corner of San Felipe and Fountain View, the Fountain View Plaza shopping center has seen quite a bit of turnover over the past two years. Longtime tenant La Vista moved to Shady Acres / Timbergrove and was replaced by Eatalia, a new concept from the owners of Montrose favorite Romano’s Pizza. The center is also home to a second location of Michael’s Cookie Jar and an outpost of Snappy Salads, the Dallas-based salad restaurant.
Local developer Bernstein Investments owns the mall. His partner Brian Bernstein told CultureMap that he too found out that the restaurant had closed on Facebook. Currently, the company does not have a specific tenant for the space, but he believes the area could benefit from another breakfast concept or a Tex-Mex option.