HOUSTON — Three well-known Italian restaurants housed in a compound in the Montrose area are closing.
After 45 years of service, Vincent Mandola Family Restaurants, which included Nino's, Vincent's and Grappino di Nino, decided to sell the property.
Their doors will close for good on Friday.
The plot of land will be repurposed into a new dining destination that will be dubbed the "Harlow District" this fall.
The new dining destination will cover the same block as its predecessor, which stretched from West Dallas to West Clay. In addition, the area will include the Printing Museum and The HAY Center building, known to some as the old American Legion building.
“Our family would like to sincerely thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a substantial part of our lives over the past 45 years. We will be closing the Vincent & Mary Mandola family legacy of Nino's. Vincent's & Grappino di Nino Friday August 5th 2022. So many loyal friends, family, staff members and patrons have blessed us on this incredible journey. We are very proud to have served our family recipes at so many of your family gatherings. Your patronage, friendship and kindness has been greatly appreciated," said the Vincent Mandola Family.
The creation of the Vincent Mandola Family Restaurants started with Vincent "Bubba" Mandola and his wife Mary who first opened Nino's in 1977. One small quaint restaurant quickly grew into a city block of Tuscan and Sicilian-inspired venues.
The couple have two daughters -- Vinceanne Mandola and Dana Mandola Corbett -- who joined the Vincent Mandola Family Restaurants empire in the early 90s when they were fresh out of college.
Bubba, a Vietnam war veteran, passed away in July 2020 at the age of 77 from heart failure.
He was a St. Thomas High School baseball recruit and a Vietnam War veteran.