"What do you mean you've never eaten at a Luby's before?" - Mike, Houston Historic Retail

My FIRST meal at Luby's, even if it was in the year 2022.

Alas, it was true! There was one in my hometown, closing in the next-to-the-last semester of college, but it was never on the rotation. It wasn't particularly close and I think I was mislead by my brother and sister, who told me that the food was bland and served old people (Luby's elderly clientele is not quite an exaggeration, though).

But when I first went to the restaurant in Austin (a Fuddruckers/Luby's unit, unusual in that was a later conversion), I quite enjoyed it--it was moderately priced (overall a better value than most fast food today), had lots of selection, was healthier (real vegetables!), and above all, a sit-down restaurant where you didn't have to tip. Certainly a lot of stores have disappeared over time, and even within Texas it has disappeared from several markets, including Waco-Temple-Killeen, which had something terrible happen in the Killeen restaurant back in 1991...and we've covered Luby's in some form or fashion on this site before, like the short-lived Luby's on New Road in Waco. While they partnered to make the short-lived Water Street Seafood Company of Houston (see the Westheimer page), they had another concept called Bob Luby's Seafood House, which had the same restaurant design as the New Road Luby's (the preferred late 1990s/early 2000s Luby's design). They had one of these restaurants in Huntsville instead of a traditional restaurant.

Orange, Texas. I took this on a 2006 road trip from a moving car.

I'm not sure when they dropped the "Cafeteria" from the name (I'm guessing early 2000s). Toward the very end, there were signs some menus at the Post Oak Boulevard store read something along the lines of "Luby's Homestyle Kitchen" but even back in 2006, it seemed that Luby's was fading away, slowly but surely. Eventually, some 200 stores stretching from Arizona to Tennessee (11 states) would dwindle down to less than 60 stores in Texas. It nearly went extinct during COVID but did find a buyer. Today just 35 restaurants remain.

There are a few Luby's items sold in H-E-B (their fried fish patty and macaroni & cheese) in the frozen section, and a cookbook was published in 1996....though no one has scanned it yet. Below is a list of closed Luby's back when the list still updated. This is very out of date, has no out-of-state locations, and is missing a lot; only here for completionist reasons.

Abilene4310 Buffalo Gap Road #31 (inside Mall of Abilene)Charter 1979 tenant. Now Ulta Beauty
Amarillo2101 South Coulter StreetLater Coldwell Banker, now ER Now.
Arlington701 N. Watson RoadOpened in 1982 and closed in 2003. Later served as Palomino's Ranch Buffet and Redneck Heaven later still. Currently vacant.
5471 S. Cooper StreetOpened in ~1996, closed in 2018. Currently vacant
2230 S. Cooper StreetOpened in ~1978, presumably moved to 5471 in 1996. Demolished in 2011 for La Michoacana Meat Market
Austin2233 West North Loop Blvd.Opened in ~1963, closed in 2002. Now a Univision TV studio
6001 Airport Blvd. (inside Highland Mall)Charter 1971 tenant. Mall closed in 2014
1616 East Oltorf StreetOpened in ~1976, closed around 2016. Demolished by 2019 for a strip mall
BeaumontGaylynn CenterStrip center that was redeveloped into a medical offices (approx. 745 North 11th Street)
Bedford1520 Airport Fwy.Opened in ~1987, closed prior to 2011, later Firepit Buffet & Grill. Currently vacant.
Brownsville2124 Boca Chica Blvd.Opened in ~1966, closed in 2017. Currently vacant
Bryan4401 S. Texas AvenueOpened February 1977 and closed 2014 for Café Eccell. After COVID-19, the restaurant rebranded and reopened as Local & Main.
College StationPost Oak MallFilled in a former Wyatt Cafeteria in 1996, now part of Melrose. Mostly vacant for years.
Corpus Christi3217 S. Alameda StreetOpened in 1960, closed in 2011. Now Dollar Tree
5488 S. Padre Island Drive #1090 (inside Padre Staples Mall)1970-2005, charter mall tenant. Space redeveloped into Aldo and Express when the mall became La Palmera.
Dallas2377 Stemmons TrailClosed 2003, later Beverage Depot and currently vacant.
10601 Forest LaneNow Comerica Bank.
10425 N. Central Expy.Closed before 2011. Renovated as Premier Cancer Centers in 2012.
5954 Alpha RoadOpened in ~1976, closed by 2002. Now Caliber Collision.
El Paso7825 North Mesa StreetOpened ~1992. Extensively renovated, now Cancer Treatment Institute
400 Texas AvenueOpened in 1951, closed in 1995. Demolished by 1996 for a parking garage
5200 Montana AvenueOpened in 1957. Closed and demolished in the early 1990s (possibly moved to North Mesa Street) as part of strip mall redevelopment (Smith's [now Albertsons] took the address)
Galveston6125 Central City BlvdOpened ~1987, closed in 2009, later Healthy Chinese Buffet and now Peking Buffet
Grand Prairie980 West Pioneer ParkwayOpened ~1988 and closed 2003. Now Yes Buffet
Greenville7600 Wesley StreetOpened ~1997 and closed 2003. Later East Rock Grand Buffet, Tuscan Slice; now vacant.
Houston825 Town and Country WayTorn down 2014 for CityCentre 5
13451 Northwest Fwy.Opened around 1981, closed sometime around summer 2018
8440 Gulf FreewayOpened around 1974, closed down roughly 2010-2011, now V Star (Chinese buffet).
4518 Highway 6 NorthOpened around 1994, closed September 2009. Now The River of Life Church.
6766 Highway 6 SouthAccording to the press release, this closed in 2003 but listed the wrong address (6704). It is still vacant years later.
5215 Buffalo SpeedwayOpened in 1965 as Romana Cafeteria (Luby's name for Houston stores) and closed in 2005. Torn down 12/07 for site redevelopment.
108 West Greens RoadOpened around 1980, closed in 2018. Demolished in 2019 for a Shell station
Irving2250 Walnut Hill LaneClosed 2003. Torn down ~2009 for parking.
Killeen1705 E. Central Texas Expy.Opened in 1989, closed in 2000, now Yank Sing Chinese Buffet. This is the location of the Luby's massacre in the early 1990s.
Laredo5300 San Dario Avenue #174Filled in a former Wyatt's Cafeteria spot, closed around 2020
Lewisville2401 South Stemmons Freeway (inside Vista Ridge Mall)Later Panera Bread (which has since closed)
Longview118 Johnston StreetOpened around 1973, moved out in 1996. Now Cooks Lighting + Flooring + Decor
2802 Tuttle Blvd.Replaced above location. Opened in 1996, closed in 2020. Currently vacant
McAllen2200 S. 10th Street (inside La Plaza Mall)Filled in a former Wyatt's Cafeteria space in 1996, closed around 2020
McKinney920 North Central ExpresswayClosed 2003, later Panda's Super Buffet and Asian Buffet now.
Mesquite24315 L.B.J. FreewayOpened around 1989. Closed 2003. Now La Michoacana Meat Market but was vacant for years.
3301 Gus Thomasson RoadOpened around 1982, closed around 2019. Currently vacant
New Braunfels1042 IH 35 SOpened around 1990, closed around 2006. Demolished in 2011 for Golden Corral
North Richland Hills7624 Grapevine Hwy. (inside North Hills Mall)* Incorrectly reported as "7624 Grapevine Trail, Fort Worth"
* Further research indicates that it was in North Hills Mall
* Restaurant closed 2003 with mall soon after
Orange4040 Interstate 10 W.Open c. 1997, closed 2003. In 2007 it became "Richard's Cafeteria", which closed down not long after. A new Exxon (Crawdad's Convenience Store) has displaced most of the parking lot.
Pharr500 N. Jackson Road (inside El Centro Mall)Opened in 1989. Unknown to when it closed, but the mall itself was demolished in 2013
Plano811 N. Central Expy. (inside Collin Creek Mall)Located inside mall at some point, mall demolished in 2019.
4940 State Hwy. 121Opened around 1999, closed before 2012. Now Dimassi’s Mediterranean Buffet
Richardson300 W. Campbell Rd.Opened in 1984, closed in 2014. Now divided between Torchy's Tacos, Asian Mint, and Snuffers.
San Antonio7400 San Pedro Avenue #176 (inside North Star Mall)1960-2011, charter mall tenant. Now Versona Accessories
4300 Thousand Oaks DriveOpened ~1982, closed 2003, later China Sea (currently vacant)
4902 Broadway StreetFirst location (1947), closed in 2000 after more than six decades of operation. Now Osaka Japanese Steak & Sushi Bar.
517 North Presa StreetOpened in 1948. Now Landry's Seafood House
719 N. Main AvenueBuilding demolished by 2004. Site became a bank in 2006 (since closed)
114 West Commerce StreetLocated in the lobby of the Frost Bank (now Municipal Plaza) Building
815 Bandera RoadNow Lisa's Mexican Restaurant
4100 S. New Braunfels Avenue (inside McCreless Mall)Charter 1962 tenant. Mall demolished in 2007
615 SW Military DriveFilled in a former Brittany Buffet in 1975. Now Grand Buffet
275 Central Park Mall (inside Central Park Mall)Filled in a former Brittany Buffet in 1975. Mall demolished in 2003
9919 Colonial SquareOpened in 1976. Now Asian Star Buffet
6200 Bandera RoadOpened in 1983, closed in 2008. Now King Buffet
1401 SW Loop 410 (inside Westlakes Mall)Charter 1983 tenant. Mall demolished in 2008
2203 S East Loop 410Opened in 1994, closed in the late 2000's. Now Habachi Buffet
6301 NW Loop 410 #T3 (inside Ingram Park Mall)Filled in a former Wyatt's Cafeteria, closed in 2018
6909 N Loop 1604 E (inside Rolling Oaks Mall)Filled in a former Wyatt's Cafeteria, closed in 2004, now H&M.
2310 SW Military Dr. Ste. 230 (inside South Park Mall)Closed in 2014. Now Ulta Beauty
San Marcos200 Interstate 35Opened around '94 and still branded as Luby's Cafeteria until closure 2/28/19. Demolished by August.
Sherman3113 Highway 75 NorthClosed 2003. Divided into a Verizon store and Brident Dental.
Tyler2929 West Northwest Loop 323Open ~1998, closed 2003. Now Tyler North Kingdom Hall.
Victoria1502 East Airline Road (inside Town Plaza Mall)1969-1992, charter mall tenant (mall closed 2012).
7800 N. Navarro St. Ste. 101A (inside Victoria Mall)Filled in a former Wyatt's Cafeteria in 1992. Now James Avery Craftsman.
Waco120 S. New RoadOpen ~2003, closed 2008-2009, now Peter Piper Pizza. Building torn down and rebuilt.
1520 N. Valley Mills DriveOpen ~1974, moved to 120 South New Road in the early 2000s (which has since closed), now Summer Palace
Waxahachie1035 US-287 BypassOpened c. 1999. Now El Fenix
Weslaco2001 W Expy 83Opened c. 1994, closed around 2020. Currently vacant
White Settlement1551 South Cherry LaneOpened c. 1988, closed around 2012. Currently vacant

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