Tucanos Brazilian Grill Opens

Sugar Land finally has a traditional Brazilian restaurant.

Eater Houston notes that Georges Guy came out of retirement for the third time to open Bistro Des Arts. The restaurant will be opening at 12102 Westheimer and is definitely going to be a French-inspired place to eat. Eater reports that the restaurant will have a rotating display of art from several different artists, as well. The restaurant takes the place of Mumbai Spice and will serve lunch and dinner every day except on Tuesdays.

Grant Cooper and chef Charles Clark have paired to open two new restaurants in Rice Village. Eater Houston spoke with Cooper about these two new concepts, Coppa Osteria and Punk's Simple Southern Food. Cooper says they will "take classic Southern ingredients from here all the way up the food to the Carolinas and basically give it our chef's interpretation." There might even be fried chicken offered one day of the week. You can't complain about another southern-food restaurant, especially from these two people.

Coppa Osteria will most likely open in August if the construction process goes according to plan. Cooper says the restaurant will have a neighborhood feel to it, with a pedestrian storefront where he says you can grab a slice of pizza to go.

The spectacular new salad bar at Tucanos Sugar Land
Photo by Mai Pham
The spectacular new salad bar at Tucanos Sugar Land
Clockwise from top left: Grilled pineapple, bacon-wrapped chicken, grilling skewers, salad bar
Photos by Mai Pham
Clockwise from top left: Grilled pineapple, bacon-wrapped chicken, grilling skewers, salad bar

The Houston Chronicle reports that country singer Toby Keith is bringing one of his chain restaurants to Houston in West Oaks Mall. I Love This Bar and Grill, based off his hit song, was supposed to be open during the spring of this year, but according to the general manager of West Oaks Mall, the restaurant is close to 90 percent complete. The restaurant will serve barbecue, and customers can enjoy live country music while they eat and dance.

The Leader reports that Wakefield CrowBar opened on Thursday, June 20, in the Garden Oaks-Oak Forest area, serving lunch and dinner items like salads, burgers, shrimp baskets, and fish and chips. Starting June 29, the restaurant began serving breakfast on the weekends.

Eater Houston reports from a tipster that Pappasito's Cantina is opening inside Hilton Americas and will be taking the place of the former Spencer's For Steaks and Chops restaurant inside the hotel. Hilton Americas wants to give out-of-town guests a taste of some of the best cuisine in Texas — Mexican food.

KHOU reports that Mickey Gilley announced on his Facebook page that he will bring back his Pasadena bar, Gilley's, which burned down 20 years ago. Gilley's brought attention to the Pasadena area for its country theme. In order for him to rebuild his famous club, he needs to raise a minimum of $3 million.

It seems like every week a new wing bar is opening in Houston. This week, Pluckers Wing Bar, based in Austin, is set to open at 1400 Shepherd, taking the place of the recently closed Maggie Rita's, according to the Chronicle. Swamplot says that the restaurant was started by two University of Texas freshmen and will serve the staple wing bar items, like beer and even Dr Pepper-flavored chicken. Yum. ESPN said it was a top five sports bar in North America, as noted by Eater.

Fielding's Wood Grill should be opening in The Woodlands in the Research Forest shopping center soon, according to Swamplot. There are not too many details available about the restaurant's cuisine, but it should open in the fall. More details will most likely come after the restaurant decides to put up a sign or logo on the storefront.

B4-U-Eat's newsletter points out that the El Taco Tote Real Mexican Grill location on West­heimer closed this week, as well as the Spicy Pickle on West Gray.

Post Oak Grill in Sugar Land is closing, but the owner has decided to reopen it with a new name: Veritas Steak and Seafood. The Chronicle says that the owner wants to try something new by adding more steak and seafood items to the menu.

According to a reviewer on Fajita Express's page on B4-U-Eat, the restaurant has closed in Stafford on West Airport Boulevard and has been replaced by a burger restaurant.

Sandy Witch Sandwich Company finally has its menu posted online. Eater Houston broke the news about the restaurant's menu filled with sandwiches and sides that follow the witch theme, such as the Alistair Crowley, a sandwich with shredded steak, onions, house-made beer Cheez Whiz and a house marinade, or the Witch of Endor complete with slow-roasted pulled pork, house-pickled slaw and spicy mayo. Sandy Witch Sandwich Company will open July 5 inside the Grand Prize Bar.

For those of you who miss Zake Sushi Lounge, you will be excited to hear that another sushi restaurant has taken its place on South Shepherd. Onaga Pan Asian Bistro offers Asian fusion dishes for lunch and dinner and has happy hour every weekday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Cork Grinders Coffee and Wine Bar opened in Baytown on June 26. The coffee and wine bar also serves craft beer later in the evenings.

On Saturday, June 29, D & T Drive Inn will have its grand opening, as reported by B4-U-Eat's weekly newsletter. Head on over to the restaurant at 1307 Enid for free samples off its menu, along with beer specials.

Here's the entire month of openings and closings for June:

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