Hubcap Grill Closed Down – Forced by Houston Heights High Prices & Taxes
The Heights-area location of Hubcap Grill, a popular burger joint in the Inner Loop, has been forced to close. Owner states “prices and taxes just keep getting higher and higher, we just can’t keep up.”
The closure of Hubcap Grill’s Heights-area location highlights the struggle that small business owners face in today’s economy. With rising rent prices and the competition from larger corporations, it can be difficult for small businesses to stay afloat. This situation is not unique to Hubcap Grill, as many small business owners are forced to close their doors due to financial constraints. The high rent prices in central Houston, as mentioned by Craig, make it even harder for small businesses to succeed. This trend is concerning as small businesses play a crucial role in creating a vibrant and diverse community and are often the backbone of the local economy. The struggle of small business owners highlights the need for policies and initiatives that support and sustain small businesses in order to keep communities thriving.
Known for its unique burgers and fresh cut french fries, Hubcap Heights was a staple for over a decade with its casual beer garden atmosphere and well-stocked jukebox. The closure was due to the sale of the property for a new residential development and owner Ricky Craig’s decision to focus on building a new location in Santa Fe.
Craig plans to bring elements from the Pearland and Galveston locations to Santa Fe, including a full bar, TV for sports, and expanded menu with weekly specials and live music stage.
Craig wants to franchise Hubcap this year and is looking for the right owner-operator.
However, high rent prices in central Houston make it difficult to find an affordable option.