Paggi House Closed; Garrido's Sold
Two popular eateries close for good this weekend
By Virginia B. Wood, 6:00PM, Sat. May. 24
Though the Paggi House (200 Lee Barton Dr.) and Garrido's (360 Nueces) are going out of business for very different reasons and neither restaurant has failed, their closings demonstrate the rapid state of transition in the local restaurant scene.
The Paggi House, located in a historic plantation home overlooking Downtown, is being swallowed by a condo development on two sides. That construction begins soon. Rather than carry on with no parking lot and without the use of their patio seating option, the owners opted to go out on a high note with a final dinner service on Friday, May 23 and a private party tonight.
In an email today, Paggi House managing partner Jeffrey Blatt told us, "It is with great sadness that Paggi House is closing. The house is almost 200 years old and it has been a pleasure to share so many nice moments of happiness at this grand location. We always treated the location with the respect and dignity it deserved. But progress in development just caught up to this restaurant. It has been special to be involved with this project. I am proud that we have been allowed to close with dignity."
During our follow-up phone call, Blatt says he's not sure how the property owners or the condo developers will make use of the historic home, but he knows of no future restaurant plans for the spot. Also a partner in Austin's Salvation Pizza, Blatt says his other company has expansion plans for outlets on Northgate Boulevard and possibly in the Domain.