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Now, Byers's sons, Chad and Jeff, are opening a brand-new Taco USA using the skills they learned working for their father in the original Nacogdoches restaurant (which also had a location in Lufkin). The new iteration of Taco USA opened last week in The Woodlands in the Grogan's Mill Village Center. Wrote Taco USA on its Facebook page:

"WOW....What a first day. It was great to see so many new and also familiar faces yesterday. A special thanks to Mark VanDover. Not only was he down from Lufkin to be the first in line when we opened, after he finished his meal he hung our NOW OPEN sign out front for us."

B4-U-Eat also reports that the Palazzo's Trattoria in Upper Kirby has been sold. February 23 was its last day in business. "After extensive renovation, Chef Fritz Gitschner will be opening a new concept at 2300 Westheimer," read this week's B4-U-Eat newsletter. However, it reports, the other two Palazzo's locations, at 2620 Briar Ridge and 10455 Briar Forest, "will not change."

The family-run Fratelli's Authentic Italian Cuisine Restaurant is closing after 13 years in business. Owners Bob Wittman and Teresa Tadeo Wittman lost their lease, and their last dinner will be served on Saturday, March 16.

More sad news comes from the Galleria, where Swamplot reports that the iconic two-story McDonald's on Post Oak has been demolished to make way for a "28-story luxury tower — with 3-bedroom units going for $1.3 million." Is it odd to root for a fast-food chain? In this case, I'll take what was the nicest McDonald's in town over another luxury high-rise any day.

Last, Washington Avenue sports bar Sawyer Park closed last week, four years after nearly demolishing the famous Pig Stand that once occupied its corner space, as reported by our sister blog Rocks Off. Few tears were shed for the demise of the bar, which commenters called "outwardly racist," "Douche­topia," "Jackhole central" and "a club aimed at the nouveau riche where this new money tells the other new money that theirs isn't good enough."

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