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My weekday visit to Gabby's was rather quiet, punctuated only by my loud exclamations of satisfaction, but on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights the place regularly hosts local bands. A little music, plus a happy hour beverage, and barbecue is suddenly quite boisterous. I can't wait to check it out.
Openings and Closings
Farmers' market returns, taco takeover & more.
It was a slow week for openings and closings. Let's take a quick look at which restaurants closed before we dive into the openings.
Hollister on Washington suddenly closed after being open for a brief six months. Owner Chuck Pritchett says the BYOB concept wasn't enough to attract new customers for the restaurant to compete with neighbors including El Tiempo and Coppa. CultureMap's Eric Sandler reports that the original Spring Branch location is still open.
CultureMap reported last week that La Fendee Mediterranean Grill on Westheimer announced it will soon be closing. And before La Fendee even has time to shut its doors for good, Jeff Roeske of Tacos a Go-Go already has plans to open a third Tacos a Go-Go where the Mediterranean eatery currently resides. We aren't sure when the switcheroo will take place, but with all the changes happening on lower Westheimer, as noted by Eater, it will be interesting to see how Tacos a Go-Go does in its newest location.
Speaking of switcheroos, Executive Chef Philippe Schmit has left his namesake restaurant after just two years at Philippe Restaurant + Lounge. Thanks to a statement from the restaurant's general manager, Dallas Easterly, we know that Chef de Cuisine Manuel Pucha will take over as executive chef. He has worked with Schmit for 15 years, as reported by CultureMap's Eric Sandler. Now the question is, when will the restaurant's name be changed?
Eater reports that Aaron Webster, owner of the Highland Village Tasti D-Lite, has decided to close the frozen-yogurt shop and open a completely new concept, Drexel House, in October. Webster will serve pizza, soups, salads, wines and desserts at Drexel House.
That's it for this week's closings and disappointing news. Here are the openings.
We reported two weeks ago that Fielding's Wood Grill opened in The Woodlands; B4-U-Eat says in its weekly newsletter that the restaurant stated serving breakfast on September 23. The menu includes bombelini, freshly baked muffins and gluten-free options.
City Hall Farmers Market is finally back after being closed during the summer. Now that the fall season is just around the corner, it's time to stock up on in-season produce and prepared goods from a variety of vendors. This year's market is open every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., and eight new vendors are ready for your business.
It's always interesting when ice cream parlors open at the end of the summer, but ice cream is good any time of the year, especially in Houston. B4-U-Eat's newsletter states that SnowBlock Shavery opened in Rice Village last week. SnowBlock offers a variety of cool desserts, like shaved ice, ribbon ice cream, snow ice and regular ice cream. Even though we're transitioning into fall, it still feels like summer.
B4-U-Eat also reports that Conroe Coffee opened in downtown Conroe (what would give you that idea?) on September 18. It's a typical coffee shop that serves all the classics and a few specialty items with catchy and cute names, including the Polar Bear (Ghirardelli chocolate, frosted peppermint syrup, espresso, steamed milk and crushed peppermint) and the Milky Way (espresso, steamed milk, chocolate syrup, caramel, whipped cream and chocolate shavings). Conroe Coffee also serves bagels, cinnamon rolls, scones, croissants and seasonal desserts.
We thought Worhals Midtown would open on September 5, but, alas, they did not. The bar did open on September 19. Eater reports that Worhals Midtown will be open for regular hours beginning on this week.
In brick-and-mortar news, Brooks' Place BBQ posted on Facebook two weeks ago that the barbecue trailer is opening a permanent location at 17045 FM 529, just a mile down the road from its current location. Judging from the reactions and comments of the trailer's Facebook followers, it's safe to say that everyone is excited about the expansion into a permanent location. Construction should begin soon, and Trent Brooks has high hopes for opening in a couple of months, as reported by Sandler on CultureMap. Thankfully, the trailer isn't going anywhere; it will be used as the pit behind the brick-and-mortar.