As restaurants in Houston continue to struggle, a Salvadoran restaurant in the French Quarter is preparing to shutter its doors.
The restaurant, which is located in the Galleria and serves Mexican food, is facing the possibility of closing due to its size, according to a report by the Houston Chronicle.
The report said that the restaurant, named “Salvador,” will close on August 29, 2018.
According to the Houston Press, the restaurant’s owner, David Martinez, told the Houston Business Journal that he was planning to move the restaurant from the Galleries area of the city to a smaller location.
“We are a restaurant, a Mexican restaurant, and this is what we do,” Martinez told the paper.
“This is our identity.
We’re Salvadorans, so we will be the last restaurant in Houston.”
The Galleries and French Quarter are home to some of the most upscale restaurants in the world, including restaurants like La Boulange, Chef Louis Pasteur’s restaurant, The Sala, and Le Chef, which specializes in Spanish cuisine.
According the Chronicle, the closure of the Gallerie is part of a growing trend in the U.S. of restaurants closing as their popularity increases.
The Houston Chronicle noted that the Gallery was the most popular restaurant in Texas before it was closed by the Texas Restaurant Association last year.
A number of other American cities are seeing similar closures of restaurants as more restaurants around the country shut down as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
In December 2017, the New York Times reported that Houston is experiencing an “emerging trend” in the city that includes a “rise in restaurant closures, with the number of restaurants being shuttered in Houston alone rising to more than 1,500.”
Houston, which was named the most expensive city in the United States in 2016, had a total of 4,065 restaurant closures between 2017 and 2018.
As of July 2018, the Houston Restaurant Association had said that more than 700 restaurant closures have taken place in the last four years, with Houston alone having seen over 1,400 restaurant closures.