RIP Marfreless: Requiem For Houston's Favorite Make-Out Bar
Rising property taxes in its expensive River Oaks surroundings have forced Marfreless, the most famous Houston bar without a sign, to close at the end of the month. The bar's owners announced the news on the Marfreless Web site Wednesday evening:
Dearest friends, patrons, charities, and fellow establishments of the evening - the owners and staff of Marfreless are grieved to announce the upcoming closing of our iconic Houston landmark bar and lounge. Our tentative last day of business will be Saturday March 30th, 2013.
While we are actively seeking a new place to call home and another door to paint blue, we have recently and unfortunately joined the ranks of those small businesses which have been forced to adapt to the ever-increasing cost of fees levied by property owners.
The statement went on to say that, in a sense, Marfreless will be throwing a wake for itself between now and the final last call, with owner Michael Wells on site tonight through Saturday. It welcomed customers to come by and share their "stories of poignancy, excess, and debauchery."
Marfreless also put out a call for tributes on social media via its Twitter account, @MarfrelessBar, and the hashtag #MarfMoment. It didn't take long, and in fact these #MarfMoments were being posted before the news even broke; it was that kind of place.