Houston Heights Vegan Restaurant Closes, Will Be Replaced


The Heights Waterworks will be home to one less restaurant starting August 1 — at least for now. Stephanie Hoban’s vegan goal, verdinewill close its doors at the end of July.

In a note posted to Instagram, Hoban wrote that she and her partners accepted the opportunity to end their lease early, but that another vegan concept would soon take over the space. She added that the decision was made “after much deliberation” and was “based on a variety of factors”.

Verdine, a 100 percent vegan restaurant, opened in the Heights in 2019.

Sean Rainer

Hoban, known for being one of the pioneers in bringing vegan cuisine mainstream in Houston, opened Verdine, her first brick-and-mortar restaurant at the Heights Waterworks, in April 2019. The full-service restaurant offers a 100 percent plant-based menu with organic and vegan-friendly wines.

Many of Hoban’s offerings are fan favorites from their Ripe Cuisine food truck (playfully nicknamed “Wanda”), a long-time resident of the Urban Harvest Farmers Market. The young chef added vegetables like jackfruit and cauliflower to mimic meat proteins like carnitas and chorizo, creating hearty dishes that more than lived up to the real thing. At Verdine, she was able to build on the menu, add pasta and desserts on plates, and provide diners with a hip, comfortable ambience to dine in — plus the option to sip wine during the meal.

The Verdine bistro burger has a vegetarian patty made with walnuts, lentils and mushrooms.

The Verdine bistro burger has a vegetarian patty made with walnuts, lentils and mushrooms.

Sean Rainer

Loyal visitors might miss Verdine’s signature dishes like the bistro burger or the veg and grain enchiladas, but they won’t be without access to plant-based foods for long at this spot. Hospitality veterans Robert White and Victor Litvinenko, partners at popular Sugar Land Town Square restaurants Japaneiro’s, Guru Burgers & Enlightened Bowls (formerly Guru Burgers & Crepes) and Jupiter Pizza and Waffles, will open another all-vegan restaurant in the space .

According to Hoban’s Post, White and Litvinenko’s restaurant group is even expanding opportunities for employees to audition for positions at the new company. “Who I handed over the baton to next was important to me and I’m confident in passing that spot to them,” she said.

Houstonians still have a week to fill up on Hoban’s plant-based dishes. The restaurant will be open as usual for lunch and dinner through Sunday, where it will wrap up its run with a final brunch service.

Find it: 449 W 19th St Suite C-200, Houston, TX 77008; (713) 876-4768
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-9pm; Sunday, 11am-3pm


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