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Plaza staple Houston’s announces it’s closing its doors at end of March

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After three decades in business on the Plaza, Houston's restaurant says it's done, and is closing its doors at the end of March.

It's restaurant week -- and Houston's, like many places on the Plaza, was bustling with business Wednesday night. But there was also a buzz about that big announcement.

Houston's posted a farewell to its Facebook page -- announcing it will close its doors on March 31st, 30 years after opening in 1987.

The chain said despite "good faith efforts on both sides, an agreement to extend its lease could not be reached." It's news that Houston's loyal customers were shocked and saddened to hear.

“I think that`s sad. They`ve been here for so long! They`ve been an icon down on the Plaza. We`ve lost so many other places in the meantime, we`ve lost Pooche`s, places have come and gone. Houston`s used to be down in Overland Park. They`re not there, and they serve good food! So I think it`s sad!” said Michele Wegemer.

“I think it`s awful! I`ve been coming to Houston`s for years and years, especially for apple walnut cobbler, and we`re going to miss it, so if there`s any way that it could change, that would be great!” said Jennifer McGlothen.

The Country Club Plaza provided this statement:

"We would be incredibly sad to see Houston’s leave the Country Club Plaza after more than three decades. We have done all we can to convince the management to stay and we hope to continue our dialogue with that end in mind. In the event they decide to close, we extend our sincerest thanks for all they have added to the Plaza over the years. We wish them well."

Here's the status Houston's posted on Facebook:

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