Katy's MKT Distillery Announces Closure
Food & Beverage

Katy's MKT Distillery Announces Closure

December 01 2023

In a heartfelt message to their community, MKT Distillery in Katy recently announced its closure after five years of operation. The distillery, founded in 2016 by local residents Nick and Nici Jessett, has become a staple in Old Town Katy, nestled in the historic rice dryers at the heart of the City of Katy. Unfortunately, despite the dreams and efforts of its founders, MKT is set to close its doors for the last time following a special event on Saturday, December 2nd, from 5 pm to 9 pm.

The announcement was made with a mix of nostalgia and gratitude, as the community is invited to join in a final celebration of the distillery's achievements. The Jessett's, MKT staff, patrons and supporters are invited to raise tree one last time in honor of Katy, a symbolic gesture marking the end of an era. Attendees will have the chance to reflect on the past five years and bid a final farewell while enjoying the ambiance and camaraderie that MKT Distillery has provided.

As a token of appreciation for their patrons, MKT Distillery has organized a memorable evening, including Daddy Duncan's renowned BBQ and Eric and Ash Central's exceptional cigars, with special Traficante packs making a debut for this farewell occasion. The tree lighting ceremony atop the historic rice dryers at 7 pm promises to be a poignant moment, bringing the community together one last time.

The closure announcement sparked an outpouring of support and sadness from hundreds of fans, among them musician Coleton Taylor Black. In a touching message, Black expressed gratitude for MKT Distillery's pivotal role in supporting his music career, emphasizing the positive impact they had on his journey.

"They have been one of my biggest supporters over the last few years and without them I couldn’t have my record coming out. Nicholas Jessett and Nici Cowan-Jessett are some of the best people I have had the privilege of meeting in my music journey," said Black.

The sentiment echoes the widespread appreciation for Nick and Nici Jessett, who have become cherished figures in the local music scene.

Established as a family and pet-friendly venue, MKT Distillery distinguished itself by brewing spirits onsite, including whiskey, moonshine, and vodka made with locally grown rice from Katy. The distillery's name, MKT, pays homage to the Missouri, Kansas, Texas railroad that runs alongside their establishment. The closure marks the end of an era for Katy, leaving behind memories of community, heritage, and exceptional spirits.

By Tiffany Krenek, My Neighborhood News 
Tiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.

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