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The 10 Worst People in Houston Restaurants

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KAITLIN STEINBERG

There were about as many openings as closings last week (way to maintain an equilibrium, Houston!), but we did get news of many upcoming restaurants with plans to open in the next several months.

First the bad news.

CultureMap reports that River Oaks Coffee House, at the corner of Westheimer and Edloe was open for business one day and closed and empty the next. A sign on the door read, "It is with great sadness that we announce the closing of our doors and we apologize for our prompt departure...We hope that we have served you well and helped brighten your mornings during our time here." In the comments on the story, people seem to be blaming large corporate coffee chains for putting independent owners out of business.

Farm to Market Restaurant in Kingwood made an announcement similar to that of River Oaks Coffee House, only they did it via Facebook. The post reads, "Thank you to everyone who has supported our humble little establishment and who have made us a part of their routine! Sadly, we will [be] closing our doors indefinitely. It has truly been a wonderful journey for all of us." Two days later, the restaurant posted a confusing call for family photos of fishing trips on the Facebook page, hinting that they would like to use them in the decor for a new restaurant. "Want to be a part of something new and exciting?" the post reads. "Same principles, different concept...but we need your help!" So...Farm to Market appears to be closing and reopening at some point with a seafood theme? I suppose time will tell.

B4-U-Eat reports on the closure of The County Line BBQ on Cutten Road, which is the last of the County Line chain in the Houston area. Evidently, Campioni Restaurant was granted a beverage permit back in June for the now-closed County Line location. It's unclear whether Campioni is moving or opening a second restaurant.

Cheap Eats Houston tells us that The Brooklyn Cafe in The Woodlands has also closed.

In not-quite-closed-but-maybe-news, Eater reports that Kobecue, a local Korean barbecue and taco fusion chain, may be close to shuttering all its storefronts. The Sugar Land location closed about a month ago, and on its Facebook page, the owner mentioned that he was looking for possible franchisees or investors. David Danh, the assistant manager of the Richmond location, told Eater that business is great.

Now for the good stuff...sort of.

B4-U-Eat reports that Diego's Cantina closed and has reopened as Musas Sports Bar with the same address, same phone number, and same management but a totally different vibe. Musas Sports Bar still serves Mexican food on the menu, and it also serves up a lot of hot chicks in skimpy outfits.

Daddio'z Pizza began a soft opening two weeks ago in Webster, according to B4-U-Eat, but they're still in the process of hiring and training employees. They are currently open seven days a week and serving pizza in house or to take home and bake yourself. The menu includes pizza, wings, and a few sides and salads. But can we talk for just a second about the possessive "z" in the name? I'm sorry; I can't get past that.

Cheap Eats Houston tells us that Bambu Desserts and Drinks opened its second local shop on Tomball Parkway in north Houston. The Vietnamese coffee and tea shop specializes in milk bubble tea and exotic jelly smoothie desserts. I'm super intrigued by some of the desserts, like the chè trái cây, which includes lychee, longan, red tapioca, jackfruit, palm seed, pandan jelly, Jell-O and young coconut.

A similar shop called Honey Bee Teahouse and Fast Food also opened last week. Located on Bellaire, the teahouse serves much more than just tea and coffee drinks. Its Facebook has photos of delicious-looking Peking duck bao and squid bao, filled with sautéed squid, kimchi, sautéed cabbage, and crab and topped with a spicy homemade sauce.

Eater notes that what appears to be a food truck in-the-making was spotted outside of Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar in Montrose. The chef told Eater to expect completely different food from what is served at the bar, including upscale comfort food like fried Cornish hen.

Last week we got word of many restaurants and bars that haven't opened yet but are well on their way.

We got a sneak peek at Vallone's Steakhouse, opening in Memorial City in October, thanks to a mock-up posted on the Vallone's Facebook page. Tony's Restaurant chef, Grant Gordon, and general manager, Scott Sulma, are excited about the progress of the new restaurant, and Sulma tells CultureMap that about 90 percent of the menu is ready and they're already taking reservations for the private dining rooms. For more photos of the restaurant's development, Sulma encourages people to follow its progress on Facebook and Twitter.

The Texas Taco Co. opens in Friendswood this September, according to Eater. Eater's report describes it as "comfort-meets-contemporary fare that is beginning to characterize the modern Mexican options" but notes that the menu is pretty similar to the menu of Torchy's Tacos.

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