After 10 years of infectious good times, the Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub at Caruth Plaza has closed. The pub had a lease that ended and opted not to renew. Its final day was January 3.
Sherlock's Baker St. Pub is the concept modeled after Sherlock Holmes' study, offering cozy nooks filled with overstuffed leather chairs, perfect for sipping a spot of brandy. It's owned by Houston-based Hospitality USA, which has five Sherlock's locations in Texas.
Hospitality USA has more than 20 pub and restaurant concepts in Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado including Baker St. (which has a location in Fort Worth), Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub, British Beverage Company, Local Pour, and Watson’s House of Ales.
According to spokesman Nick Scurfield, the company wants to focus on expanding its other concepts in the Dallas area, such as Baker St. and Local Pour, which currently has two locations in Houston. Rather than the dark, clubby atmosphere of Sherlock's, Local Pour has an open feeling with clean white subway tiles and a long bar with 50 taps.
"Local Pour has been extremely popular," he says. "It's more of a tavern feel than the old-school pub. They had a Sherlock's in Houston's River Oaks area that they replaced with Local Pour, and it's had lines out the door."
As for a replacement tenant in the Sherlock's space at Caruth Plaza, a spokesman for Madison Partners says a decision has not been made, but that the interest level is sufficient and they're considering dividing it into a couple of smaller spaces.
"We've already been approached by several parties, it's a pretty hot property," he says.