Forty-three years ago, the Brennan’s family of New Orleans opened the doors of Brennan’s of Houston, one of America’s most beloved dining destinations and the forerunner in serving Texas Creole cuisine.
Led by Commander’s Palace Family of Restaurants co-owners Alex Brennan-Martin
, his sister, Ti Adelaide Martin, and their cousin, Lally Brennan, Brennan’s remained on top by constantly innovating while remaining connected to its Creole roots and maintaining a familial level of warmth and hospitality.
In September 2008, a two-alarm fire, which broke out during Hurricane Ike, engulfed the historic building in flames, leaving behind a brick shell of ashes...everything, that is, except a single awning bearing the Brennan’s of Houston logo that was prophetically untouched.
Over our 43-year history
, Brennan’s of Houston has survived floods, hurricanes, and economic downturns, taken a direct hit by a tornado, and been engulfed by a major fire. Our team has weathered each of those storms by remaining focused on the Brennan’s heritage, staying passionate, and turning those proverbial lemons into refreshing lemonade. To that end, Brennan’s 16-month restoration slated for early-2010 completion, reflects our soulful belief that tradition truly matters, including the replacement of a 40-year-old oak with twin oaks so that our guests will continue to be shaded on our welcoming courtyard.
Eighty percent of the historic building, designed by the great Houston architect John Staub in 1930, will be restored. Houston-based Linbeck Construction – the company's portfolio includes the Omni and St. Regis hotels in Houston – will oversee the project alongside Pin Oak Interests and Studio Red Architects whose architects have participated in such notable projects as Moody Gardens, Wortham Theater Center, and Texas Heart Institute.
“We didn’t burn down, we burned up,” said Brennan Martin. “We are honored and humbled by the outpouring of support we have received over the past year and are looking forward to opening our doors and welcoming back our guests.”