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But while it is unfortunate that people will write negative feedback about a place they've never eaten at or a service they've never used, it's even more unfortunate that the right to anonymity is being taken away because of a few self-centered idiots. Though this ruling isn't likely to directly affect Texas in the near future (we have more stringent standards for proving defamation here), it could affect the way people review restaurants online now that they know their opinions aren't necessarily anonymous.

This type of ruling could eventually force other websites that allow anonymous commenting (you know, like Eating...Our Words) to take away that right over fear of lawsuits. No, we don't really like it when you say mean things to us, but, yes, it's your right to do so.

So how do you think this decision from Virginia will affect online restaurant criticism? Will you continue to use Yelp now that you know your identity and personal information aren't necessarily protected?
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No gourmet burgers here. Just good, straightforward roadside eats at Mytiburger.
Troy Fields
No gourmet burgers here. Just good, straightforward roadside eats at Mytiburger.
"Margarita to-go." (Most beautiful phrase in the English language.)
Photo courtesy W Grill
"Margarita to-go." (Most beautiful phrase in the English language.)

Restaurant News

Openings and Closings
Say it ain't so, Hubbell & Hudson.

Molly Dunn

For those living in Spring and The Woodlands, last week brought sad news about two establishments. The first tale of woe concerns Koya Asian Kitchen in Spring.

In one of the saddest restaurant closing announcements we have seen, Koya Asian Kitchen posted on Facebook that the barely three-month-old restaurant was forced to close due to a sewage odor circulating thoughout the restaurant. The post explains how the restaurant lost customers because of the smell. Though the issue was being fixed, the loss of business forced the owners to close their business.

While Koya's closing brought disappointment to the Spring area, the announcement of Hubbell & Hudson Market's scheduled closing in March brought much disappointment to The Woodlands area. Kaitlin Steinberg reports that the market and cooking school will close, but the bistro and kitchen will remain open.

According to Steinberg, "An unnamed source provided CultureMap with documents showing that the grocery store has lost millions since it opened and that consultants for the company did not believe it could compete with Whole Foods or nearby H-E-Bs." Head to Hubbell & Hudson to stock up on your favorite products before the market closes — dry-aged beef, anyone?

We reported a few weeks ago that Mo Mong had closed for renovations and that the Vietnamese restaurant would reopen soon. However, along with new decor and new menu offerings, Mo Mong has also changed its name. Eater reports that the restaurant will become Dua when it reopens. Owner Viet Hoang tells Darla Guillen of Eater that he decided to make the changes to the restaurant to cater to Montrose residents. He tells Eater: "People in Montrose are more educated on different types of food; there are more foodies and adventurous people."

Eater's Guillen announced the opening of Andes Cafe from chef David Guerrero, formerly of Samba Grille. Andes Cafe was set to open on January 18 and will offer a BYOB service. Guillen explains that the restaurant will feature South American foods. According to Eric Sandler of CultureMap, the menu at Andes Cafe will include the pepito, a Venezuelan sandwich, and Ecuadoran steamed cakes for breakfast. Guerrero has also added sodas from South America and Peruvian coffee from Katz Coffee to the menu.

The much-anticipated Dish Society was scheduled to open officially on January 20. Eater reports that the executive chef, Johnny Romo, has created a menu that Eater describes as "contemporary Americana." The supper menu includes items such as chicken bruschetta, kale tostada, quinoa-stuffed avocado and four-cheese truffle mac. Expect to see dishes made with ingredients from Homestead Gristmill in Waco, Bee Wilde Honey in Montgomery and Texas Hill Country Olive Company in Dripping Springs. Of course, local brew selections will include beers from Karbach, Saint Arnold, Southern Star and Buffalo Bayou.

Cook & Collins was also scheduled to open on January 20. According to a press release, the restaurant will serve dinner only during its soft-opening stage; brunch and lunch will be added soon. Chef Jared Estes explains that "Cook" was his grandparents' last name and "Collins" comes from his favorite drink, the Tom Collins.

Swamplot reports that Mercantile will open a second location later this year, in the Montrose area. The Rice Village coffee shop tweeted that there will be a new location at Audubon Place soon. No official opening date (or month, for that matter) has been announced.

Just as you probably were thinking that there were enough El Tiempo Cantinas in the Houston area, another one is coming, this time to Webster, and it's supposed to be the largest one yet. Eater announced that the new location will begin serving food near the end of April. You can't have enough Tex-Mex restaurants in Houston, can you?

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