Tony Vallone's Regional Italian Cuisine Dinner Series

Sicilian homestyle cooking at Ciao Bello.

On its Web site, The Boiling Crab announced that its Houston location had closed July 1. However, the seafood restaurant is looking for a new place to open in the Houston area.

Gastronaut reported that Taqueria La Macro is not closing for good. The northside taqueria shut its doors only temporarily July 2 to expand; the restaurant reopened on July 8 and is now three times its former size.

As reported last week, The Palm was scheduled to reopen on July 8. The restaurant underwent renovations and has expanded by 2,500 square feet, for a new total of 9,000 square feet. The Houston Chronicle notes that The Palm has undergone changes in the last five months costing $5 million.

(Clockwise) 2011 Azienda Agricola COS, Frappato, Sicilian IGT; breaded baked chicken; escarole, cannellini beans, pine nuts and golden raisins.
Mai Pham
(Clockwise) 2011 Azienda Agricola COS, Frappato, Sicilian IGT; breaded baked chicken; escarole, cannellini beans, pine nuts and golden raisins.
Deep-dish at Lou Malnati's
Joanna O'Leary
Deep-dish at Lou Malnati's

In coming-soon news, Yucatan Taco Stand will take the place of the former Stella Sola on Studewood in October or early November. CultureMap Houston says the new location of the taco stand will be the third in Texas, with sites currently in The Woodlands and Fort Worth; maybe this street taco restaurant can overcome the curse on the Heights location.

Killen's Barbecue pop-ups have made many patrons eager for the restaurant to open officially. Chef Ronnie Killen told the Chronicle that he hopes to start the construction process in the next week and to open formally in a couple of months. Due to real-estate delays, Killen's Barbecue has not been able to progress as quickly as expected; however. things are starting to shape up for the restaurant. If you don't want to wait a couple of months to feast on Killen's barbecue, you can grab some of his tasty brisket on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11 a.m. Get there early because once it runs out, there's no more.

On June 28, Good Dog Hot Dogs announced on Twitter that the food truck will be opening its own brick-and-mortar location. Their physical location will be at 903 Studewood where Big Mamou used to be. The two owners told Eater that they enjoy the Heights — in fact, they called it their hood. The new restaurant should open sometime in September and will have a larger menu with more hot dog specials, side dishes, and Texas craft beer and wine options.

Roots Bistro shut its doors a few weeks ago, but Gastronaut reports that Radical Eats will be opening its restaurant featuring a menu with non-vegan and vegan items in that location.

Just in time for the summer heat, Houston will have its very own tiki bar serving up exotic cocktails. After a pop-up inside Grand Prize Bar, the owners unveiled their new concept, Lei Low, which will serve up "too-pretty-to-drink cocktails," as reported by CultureMap Houston. Lei Low will open on North Main in about four months.

Grotto Italian Ristorante opened in Galveston on June 26, making this the third location in the Houston area. Houston Business Journal reports that the new location is inside the city's San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center.

In a sad closing, Perry's Italian Grille on Pineloch held a farewell toast on June 29. Many patrons in the Clear Lake area didn't want to see the popular restaurant go.

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