A little under a year after opening, the first Bacon Bros. Public House franchise location has closed, associates with the company said.
The first franchise location in Sugar Land, Texas, marked a new era of growth for the local restaurant known for its high quality meats and local ingredients, but in the end, Mother Nature got in the way, said Jason Callaway, Bacon Bros. COO.
The restaurant closed after service on New Years' Eve.
“There are several factors of course, but the biggest impact was due to Hurricane Harvey," Callaway wrote in an email. "The restaurant start(ed) to get in a good sales groove, but when the hurricane hit Houston and the greater metro area the sales were cut in half and the franchisee just couldn’t recover."
Houston is still on the Bacon Brothers Food Group radar, but for now, Callaway said, the company will focus on opening locations that are closer, within the Southeast.
“We learned a lot of valuable lessons from our first franchise and feel much better equipped for future endeavors," Callaway wrote. "Success is never guaranteed and when you miss the mark you just have to push forward and learn from any mistakes you may have made."
The local Bacon Bros, Public House at 3620 Pelham Road continues to operate as normal, with it’s cure chamber full.
"It’s tough," Callaway said. "But again, the opening process was a great learning experience. The closure as well."