July 2012 in Openings & Closings: t'afia Is Dead, Long Live t'afia

Nabi's not going anywhere right away...
Nabi's not going anywhere right away...
Photo by Troy Fields

It's true: t'afia is closed. But only until August 14. That's when -- as chef/owner Monica Pope told us on Wednesday -- the restaurant will be reopened with a revamped concept.

It's also true that our beloved Nabi is on the chopping block, as owner Ji Kang confirmed to Eater Houston. However, just because Kang is looking to leave Nabi, it doesn't mean that Nabi in its current incarnation won't continue on in some capacity -- nor that Austin-born Kang is leaving Houston. Instead, sources tell us that Kang has something even more exciting up his sleeve to come.

In other closures, CultureMap reported that Zimm's Little Deck -- which had looked dreadfully quiet as of late, and lost its chef, Jeramie Robison, last year -- finally closed.

In its place will be Brooklyn Athletic Club, a new venture from Shepard Ross of Glass Wall. CultureMap's Sarah Rufca writes of the new spot: "Ross describes the concept as a 'really cool leisure spot' that will have a turn-of-the-century leisure club vibe mixed with casual riffs on classic food and drinks." We're just glad to see someone doing something with those bocce ball courts.

Lastly, the Chronicle reported earlier this week that Strip House closed its doors after being locked out by its landlord. No word yet on what restaurant, if any, will take its spot.

Finally, two big changes have taken place at two popular eateries: BRC Gastropub has hired a new head chef to replace Jeff Axline, who left in late 2010 (owner Lance Fegen has been holding down the kitchen in the interim). New chef Chandler Rothbard joins BRC from The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Rothbard studied at the CIA in Hyde Park and served for three years in the United States Army.

And over at Revival Market, there are three new additions to the team: Carlos Meltzer has been named general manager; Adam Dorris has been named the chef de cuisine; and Andrew Vaserfirer has returned after an absence to oversee the store's charcuterie program. Vaserfirer -- who originally worked with the Revival Market meat team in 2011 -- is fresh from a stint in Chicago, where he staged at L2O, Blackbird and Publican Quality Meats. Dorris was most recently the chef de cuisine at Stella Sola and is noted for his well-attended Ghetto Dinners at Grand Prize Bar.

So here's the month in openings and closings...


024 Grille, 945 N. Gessner, 281-501-4350 BB's Cafe, 3139 Richmond, 713-807-1300 Bonefish Grill, 19325 Gulf Freeway Chicken Express, 3819 Richmond, 713-626-5392 Coastal Crossing Grill, 113 E. Sealy, Alvin Crazy J's Icehouse, 5022 Pinemont, 713-683-6700 Demeris Barbecue, 1702 West Loop North, 713-681-7204 Floyd's Cajun Seafood and Texas Steakhouse, 16549 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, 281-240-3474 Hey Mikey's Ice Cream, 902 Post Office, Galveston, 208-602-3286 Luke's Ice House, 903 Durham, 281-888-7028 Mamak Malaysian Restaurant, 9889 Bellaire, Suite 238, 713-776-2388 The Perfect Cafe, 13455 Cutten, 281-397-7779 The Refinery - Burgers & Whiskey, 702 West Dallas, 713-487-0029 Rooster's, 20011 Cypresswood Drive, Cypress, 832-405-3547 Solea Wine Bar & Cafe, 1500 Shepherd, 713-862-9700 Submarina California Subs, 6245 Highway 6 Suite 300, Missouri City, 281-969-7033 The West End, 5320 Westheimer, 713-590-0616


Ava Kitchen & Whiskey Bar, 2800 Kirby The Barbed Rose, 113 E. Sealy, Alvin Cafe Del Rio, 1853 Pearland Parkway, Pearland Coronita Grill Buffet & Bar, 12270 Westheimer Frenchy's Chicken, 8110 Kirby Korma Sutra, 706 Main Jake's Grill, 9415 Broadway, Pearland Nga's Restaurant, 2929 Milam The Perfect Cup, 14459 Bammel North Houston Pierson's Cajun & Country Cafe, 3843 Cartwright, Missouri City Sam Star Chinese & Japanese Buffet, 2753 Gessner Samba Grille, 530 Texas Strip House, 1200 McKinney t'afia, 3701 Travis (reopening August 14) TGI Friday's, 12830 Northwest Freeway Tuscan Sun Coffee Co., 21327 I-45, Spring Zimm's Little Deck, 601 Richmond

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