Longtime Montrose pub The Black Labrador closing in December

The Black Labrador
The Black Labrador has been serving English pub food and beer in Montrose for over 30 years. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Black Labrador has been serving English pub food and beer in Montrose for over 30 years. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)

After 33 years in business, Dec. 15 will be the last day for longtime Montrose pub, The Black Labrador.

The family-owned English pub known for fish and chips, British bar fare and a wide array of beers is also home to an upstairs jazz venue, Cezanne.



The University of St. Thomas owns the property and leased it to the pub's owners but seeks to repurpose it for the school, representatives from the pub and the university confirmed. The neighboring Freed-Montrose Library property is also getting repurposed for use by University of Thomas.


The pub owners have decided not to look for a new location, a representative of The Black Labrador said.

“This a time of great growth and change at University of St. Thomas," said Jeff Olsen, vice president of marketing, communications and university relations. "Although the Black Lab will be missed, the vacancy presents us with an opportunity to engage with our students and the community in new and exciting ways. As we develop plans, those factors will play an important role.”


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By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.