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Openings & Closings 2011: The Fast & Furious Year In Review

Openings & Closings 2011: The Fast & Furious Year In Review

This post is not a grand proclamation on the state of Houston's dining scene, nor is it an homage to the now-closed restaurants we'll miss the most.

It's also not a post on the best new restaurants of 2011, nor the biggest disappointments of the year -- we've done all of those things already.

This is just the pure and plain nitty gritty: a completely utilitarian list of every single restaurant that's opened or closed in 2011, grouped by month. Without further ado...

Openings

January:

Best Seafood & Steak House, 16824 Stuebner Airline, Spring Bibas Diner, 607 West Gray Bistro 829, 22764 Westheimer Parkway, Katy Cajun Corner Cafe, 13655 Bissonnet Carl's Jr., 8491 Highway 6 North Crust Pizza Company, 4775 W Panther Creek, The Woodlands Hank's Crawfish, 11660 Westheimer Heights Asian Cafe, 2201 Yale Judge Roy Bean's Coffee Saloon, 5316 Broadway, Galveston La Casa de Frida (previously Rico's Luchadores), 4002 Main Fratelli's Ristorante, 1130 Wirt The Love Shack, 16602 Cypress Rosehill Ninfa's on Navigation (new patio bar), 2704 Navigation Oishii (reopened after yearly break), 3764 Richmond Pink's Pizza, 3404 North Shepherd Rib Tickler, 8930 Highway 249, Tomball Saucyritos (Memorial City Mall food court) Tony Mandola's (temporary location), 2810 Westheimer

February:

Akashi Sushi Asian Cuisine, 2271 Northpark Drive, Kingwood Ava Kitchen & Whiskey Bar, 2800 Kirby The Boneyard, 8150 Washington Burger Girl, 17117 Highway 249 Char House Bar & Grille, 2268 Texas Drive, Sugar Land Convey, 801 Congress ERA, 809 Congress Fratelli's Ristorante, 1330 Wirt, Suite D Gridiron Bar & Grill, 4524 Highway 6, Sugar Land Little Daddy's Gumbo Bar, 1615 FM 646, Suite D, League City Milano's Pizzeria & Italian Grill, 9135 W. Sam Houston Parkway North North End Village Bistro, 24179 Highway 249, Tomball Majorca Island Bistro and Tapas, 207 West Gray Philippe, 1800 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 6110 Pondicheri, 2800 Kirby The Whole in the Wall BBQ, 13655 Bissonnet, Suite 103 Vina Cafe, 5553 Highway 6

March:

Aling's Hakka Chinese Cuisine, 15425 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land Annam Indian Cuisine, 1029 Highway 6 North, Suite 200 The Blue Fish, 550 Texas Bullritos, 3115 Dixie Farm Road, Pearland Burger 101, 11460 Fuqua Cajun Way Crawfish, 900 FM 359, Richmond Candelari's Pizzeria, 14545 Memorial Drive Chispas Del Tiempo, 1504 Airline El Real Tex-Mex, 120 Westheimer Heights Ashbury Coffee House, 242 West 19th Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, 10880 Louetta Milano's Pizzeria & Italian Grill, 9135 West Sam Houston Parkway N Paco Joe's Grill & Cantina, 9906 Gulf Freeway Pecan Creek Grille, 1510 Eldridge Pondicheri, 2800 Kirby Red Mango, 801 Town & Country Boulevard (CityCentre) Revival Market, 550 Heights Boulevard RockHouse Bar & Grill, 5402 Highway 6 North Sapori Ristorante Italiano, 12225 Westheimer, Suite B The Tasting Room, 818 Town & Country Boulevard (CityCentre) Trattoria Il Mulino, 945 Gessner Up Restaurant, 3995 Westheimer

April:

Arturo Boada Cuisine, 6510 Del Monte Brasserie 19, 1962 West Gray Dunn Bros Coffee, 201 S. Friendswood Drive Golden Chef Super Buffet, 12983 Bellaire Green Apple Cafe, 3145 Highway 6, Hitchcock Hot Spot Diner, 20669 West Lake Houston Parkway, Humble Juan and Lefty's, 1440 Louetta, Spring Keeper's Japanese, 4654 Highway 6, Sugar Land Kobecue, 3957 Richmond Kofa Cafe, 20514 Highway 6, Manvel Mai's, 3403 Milam Mi Hacienda, 13726 Highway 249 Molto's Food & Cafe, 306 Main Peppersoup Cafe, 10010 Bissonnet Pie Garden, 1325 Broadway, Pearland Pizzeria Alto, 2800 Kirby Rich Asian Cuisine, 510 S. Mason, Katy Saltenas Mediterranean Cafe Grill, 981 S. Mason Tropical Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse, 815 Dixie, Clute

May:

BB's Cajun Cafe, 2701 White Oak, Bohicky's BBQ, 243 FM 2094, Kemah Brasserie 19, 1962 West Gray Buffalo Grille (new location), 4080 Bissonnet Brick House Tavern, 3502 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston Chatter's, 1275 Eldridge Parkway, Suite 100 Down House, 1801 Yale Friends Pizzeria, 7952 Westheimer Greatfull Taco, 2411 South Shepherd Heights Ashbury Coffeehouse, 242 West 19th Street Jack's Place, 26710 I-45 Keeper's Japanese, 4654 Highway 6 South, Sugar Land La Magnolia Trattoria Italiana, 18535 FM 1488, Magnolia La Mia, 5801 Memorial Drive Mala Sichuan Bistro, 9348 Bellaire Boulevard Ray's Real Pit BBQ, 4529 Old Spanish Trail Saigon Music Restaurant, 11360 Bellaire Boulevard Stir Crazy, 25 Waterway Avenue, The Woodlands The Core of Texas Grill, 1826 Country Place Parkway, Pearland Turquoise Grill, 16019 City Walk, Sugar Land

June:

All Stars Family Grill, 26440 FM 1093, Suite 400, Richmond Bacchus Wine Bar, 2502-B Dunlavy BB's Cajun Cafe, 2701 White Oak Bubba's Shrimp Palace, 113 6th Street, San Leon Chatter's Cafe, 1275 Eldridge Christian's Tailgate, 2820 White Oak Cru at West Ave, 2800 Kirby Epicurean Express, 2018 Rusk Fajita Ritas Baja Grill & Cantina, 5200 Louetta, Spring Five Guys, 6619 FM 1488, Magnolia Goldfish Garden Chinese, 5959 Richmond H Town Bar & Grill, 5111 Washington Avenue How Do You Roll, 914 Main, Suite A Hughes Hangar, 2811 Washington Avenue King's Biergarten, 1329 East Broadway, Pearland Luca & Leonardo Ristorante, 20 Waterway, The Woodlands Prohibition, 5175 Westheimer Radical Eats, 3903 Fulton Relish Fine Foods, 3951 San Felipe Texas Pit Stop BBQ, 2216 Gulf Freeway, La Marque Thai Wok In & Carry Out, 15917 Highway105 West, Montgomery The Cajun Spot, 3719 North Fry Road, Katy The Corkscrew, 1308 West 20th The Sweet Boutique Bakery, 2270 Lone Star Drive, Sugar Land Tomiko Japanese Restaurant Bar, 29110 Highway 290, Cypress Treehouse Mexican Baja Grill, 22756 Westheimer Parkway, Katy Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt, 1413 South Voss Zoe's Kitchen, 12850 Memorial Drive, Suite 1120  

Openings, continued

July:

Bambolino's Pizza, 1504 Airline Brew -n- Bake, 145 Oyster Creek Drive, Lake Jackson The Brownstone Cafe, 2736 Virginia Coal Burger, 20 Waterway Avenue Dickey's Barbecue Pit, 601 Highway 75 North, Huntsville Hot Bowl Mongolian Grill, 17440 West Grand Parkway South, Sugar Land House of Fries, 5322 Antoine Hubcap Burgers and Beer Garden, 1133 West 19th Kelley's Country Cookin', 11555 West Airport Boulevard, Stafford Magnolia Cafe & Bakery, 14020 Highway 3, Webster Majorca Island Bistro and Tapas, 207 West Gray O'Yeah Cafe, 5004 Kirby Relish Fine Foods, 3951 San Felipe Seaside Bistro, 6300 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston Sorrel Urban Bistro, 2202 West Alabama Soup Cowboy, 711 Louisiana, Suite 206 (in the tunnels) Tiny's No. 5, 3636 Rice Boulevard Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse, 12000 Southwest Freeway, Stafford

August:

Aldo's Cucina Italiana, 18450 I-45 South, Shenandoah Antonia's Cucina Italiano, 4849 Sweetwater, Sugar Land Beck's Prime, 115 West 19th Street Beef O Bradys, 145 Oyster Creek Drive, Lake Jackson Ben's Beans, 1302 Dallas Black Walnut Cafe, 23233 Cinco Ranch Boulevard, Katy Bootsie's Heritage Cafe (closed and reopened, under Bootsie herself), 112 Commerce, Tomball The Blue Fish, 5820 Washington Cafe Luz, 907 Franklin Carl's Jr, 11131 Broadway, Pearland Coppa Ristorante Italiano, 5555 Washington Avenue The Counter, 9595 Six Pines, The Woodlands El Gran Malo, 2307 Ella El Rancho Seafood & Oyster Bar, 2323 N. Fry Road, Katy Felix 55, 5510 Morningside Drive Ninja Japanese Cuisine, 1800 FM 359, Richmond Orchid Thai Fusion, 17817 FM 529 Petite Sweets, 2700 West Alabama Radical Eats, 3903 Fulton Ranch Bakery, 5431 Barker Cypress Tejas Grill & Sports Bar, 1200 McKinney Tookie's, 1202 Bayport Boulevard, Seabrook Vida, 4218 San Felipe Zoe's Kitchen, 6700 Woodlands Parkway, The Woodlands

September:

Babylon Cafe, 2352 S. Dairy Ashford Big 6 Bar-B-Que, 5006 Bennington Bon Baguette, 2518 W Holcombe Celaya Mexican Restaurant, 3234 E. Broadway, Pearland Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse, 5865 Westheimer Clary's (reopened after fire), 8509 Teichman, Galveston Convivio, 700 Durham D'Amico's Italian Market, 2802 White Oak Drive, Suite 500 Dekker's Mesquite Grill, 8506 Syms, Fulshear The Diner (reopened after Hurricane Ike), 1017 61st Street, Galveston Joel's Mexican Grill, 2210 Highway 6 South Kim Son Cafe, 1701 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge, 7070 Allensby Lasagna House III, 16089 City Walk, Sugar Land Maggie Rita's Modern Mex, 111 23rd Street, Galveston Gigi's Cupcakes, 15850 Southwest Freeway, Suite 100, Sugar Land Pinkberry, 19325 Gulf Freeway, Suite 7, Webster Pollo Campero, 702 W. Bay Area Boulevard, Webster Qdoba Mexican Grill, 17400 Spring Cypress Road, Suite 100, Cypress Ripp's Grille, 14008 Memorial Drive, Suite F Rudy's Country Store BBQ, 21361 Gulf Freeway, Webster Sam's Burgers, Fries, & Pies, 1017 S. Dairy Ashford Tacos A Go-Go, 2912 White Oak Tavern on Milam, 3107 Milam

October:

The Bird & The Bear, 2810 Westheimer The Capitol at St. Germain, 705 Main, Suite B Celtic Gardens, 2300 Louisiana Chuyos Peruvian Fusion Deli, 2500 Marina Bay Drive, League City Coal Vines Pizza, 1550 Lake Pointe Parkway, Suite 100, Sugar Land Fattoush Mediterranean Cuisine, 5801 Memorial Drive Feng's Chinese Buffet, 5901 Westheimer, Suite N Line & Lariat at the Hotel Icon, 220 Main Mi Cocina, 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, Suite 304, The Woodlands Mia Bella Trattoria, 16535 Southwest Freeway, Suite 2510, Sugar Land Pho Binh Noodle House & Grill, 5901 Westheimer Pinewood Cafe, 6104 Hermann Park Drive Shepherd Park Draught House, 3402 N. Shepherd Drive Stockyard Bar-B-Q, 6504 Westheimer Straw Hat Pizza, 5205 Mason Road, Suite 100, Katy Super Chicken, 414 N. Sam Houston Parkway East, Suite E

November:

Beyond Burger, 10510 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Texas City BlackFinn American Grille, 1910 Bagby, Suite 100 Blu Water Fish Market, 6127 Highway 6, Missouri City Brews Brothers, 2404 Strand, Galveston Diego's Cantina, 1531 Highway 6, Sugar Land Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 15929 City Walk, Sugar Land Houston Texans Grille, 12848 Queensbury, Suite 208 (CityCentre) It's Ribs, 11035 Jones Road Liberty Kitchen and Oyster Bar, 1050 Studewood Local Foods, 2424 Dunstan Louisiana Homestyle Kitchen, 16950 Ella Boulevard Molto Bene, 8817 Highway 6, Suite 200, Missouri City Nabi, 1517 Westheimer Rotondo's Giant Hoagies, 2402 Bay Area Boulevard, Suite A Phoenicia Specialty Foods, 1001 Austin Portugallia, 12126 Westheimer, Suite 98 Santa Barbara French Bistro, 8209 Broadway, Suite 102, Pearland Sharky's American Grill, 1140 Eldridge Parkway, Suite 100 Sundance Cinemas, 510 Texas Turkish Kitchen, 2109 Highway 6, Suite B, Sugar Land Weng's Wok, 1140 FM 3083 North, Suite 1400, Conroe Wine Down Bistro, 707 Bradford, Kemah Wingaritas, 6991 Highway 6 South

December:

Double Trouble, 3622 Main, Suite D G3 Great Greek Grill, 15810 Southwest Freeway, Suite 400, Sugar Land Jus' Mac, 16525 Lexington Boulevard, Suite 160, Sugar Land Piqueo Restaurante & Bar, 13215 Grant Road, Cypress Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana, 14028 Memorial Drive The Refinery: Burgers & Whiskey, 702 W. Dallas Roost, 1972 Fairview Sushi Wabi, 3953 Richmond Torchy's Tacos, 2411 S. Shepherd Triniti, 2815 S. Shepherd

 

Closings

January:

Bull Dog Burritos, 3335 College Park, The Woodlands Cava Bistro, 300 Main Cielo Mexican Bistro, 300 Main Figaro's Pizza, 17135 Westheimer Meson 1910 Mexican Cuisine, 15202 Mason Road, Cypress Pappa La Rosa Flying Pizza, 16227 Lexington Boulevard, Sugar Land Pappas Seafood House. 6894 Southwest Freeway Patsy's on Six. 2209 Highway 6 Polk Street Pub, 1201 San Jacinto Rockfish Seafood Grill, 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, Woodlands Sabores de Mexico, 13726 Highway 249 Simposio, 8401 Westheimer Tilted Kilt Pub, 2000 Highway 6 South

February:

Basil Grill, 7952 Westheimer Bella Luna, 3010 North Fry Road, Katy Cajun Shack, 2500 Marina Bay Drive, League City Cajun Tails, 11037 FM 1960 Cupcake Cafe, 16525 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land Dave's Rib Shack, 5102 FM 1960 El Fresh Taco, 19901 Kingsland Idyl Hours Tea Room, 12639 Kluge, Cypress Polo's Signature, 3800 Southwest Freeway, Suite 124 Swampy's Cajun Shack, 406 W. Grand Parkway, Suite 400, Katy Tamarind Indian Bistro & Market, 202 Sawdust, The Woodlands Vino 100, 6700 Woodlands Parkway, Suite 210, The Woodlands

March:

6th Street Bar and Grill, 2701 White Oak Al-Amir Cafe & Hookah Bar, 12645 Whittington Basil Grill, 7952 Westheimer Bella Luna, 3010 North Fry Road, Katy China View, 11113 Katy Freeway Dave's Rib Shack, 5102 FM 1960 Dolce Vita Pizzeria, Spring The Elegant Hogg, 1900 S. Kirkwood Frozen in Thyme, 16750 Highway 3, Suite B, Webster Ponte Vecchio Ristorante Italiano, 507 Dallas, Suite B Ruthie's Mexicana, 5022 Highway 90A, Sugar Land Tamarind Indian Bistro & Market, 202 Sawdust Road, The Woodlands Terlingua Texas Border Cafe, 920 Studemont

April:

Buffalo Grille, 3116 Bissonnet (moved to 4080 Bissonnet) China First Dumpling, 128 1st Street West, Humble Chispas Del Tiempo, 1540 Airline Drive Edomae Sushi, 12225 Westheimer, Suite H Fuji Hana, 7316 Louetta, Spring Italian Cafe Amore, 11910 Louetta Kathleen's Mexican Restaurant, 6965 Barker Cypress Mingalone Italian Bar & Grill, 540 Texas Pete & Shorty's, 17790 Katy Freeway Phil's Texas Barbecue, 110 South Heights Sabine River Cafe, 10001 Westheimer, Suite 2520 Spalato Gelateria, 22758 Westheimer Parkway, Suite 200, Katy SouthStreet Dining, 24914 Kuykendahl, Suite F, Tomball Tart Cafe, 4411 Montrose Thai Spice Asian Bistro, 13602 Bellaire Washington Grill (to become Hughes Hangar), 2811 Washington

May:

Caffe Bello, 322 Westheimer Catalan (to become Coppa), 5555 Washington Avenue El Colonial Mexican Restaurant, 6991 Highway 6 South Patu's Thai Village, 2420 Rice Boulevard Phil's Texas Barbecue, 110 South Heights Udipi Cafe, 4632 FM 1960

June:

3 Oaks Wine Bar, 601 East Main, League City 11th Street Cafe, 748 East 11th Street (to become Ruggles) Al's Lone Star Steakhouse, 14600 Cypress North Houston, Cypress Bibas Diner, 607 West Gray Cafe Red Onion, 1111 Eldridge Parkway Casa Dominguez, 4548 Bissonnet (moving to 5213 Cedar) Coco's Yakitori Sushi Bar, 1111 Westheimer Dragon Seafood, 9430 Richmond El Colonial Mexican Restaurant, 6991 Highway 6 South Ha Ha Chinese Restaurant, 4369 Highway 6 North Heights West, 2307 Ella Boulevard Hunan Downtown, 812 Capitol Judge's Bar and Grill, 113 6th Street, San Leon (now Bubba's Shrimp Palace) King Biscuit Cafe, 1606 White Oak Mackey's Bar and Grill, 20801 Gulf Freeway, Webster Ocean Star Buffet, 12266 FM 1960 Octane Coffee Lounge, 3402 North Shepherd Pub Hub, 20095 Katy Freeway, Katy The Enclave Sports Grill, 1140 Eldridge Parkway Tierra Luna Grill, 17062 Saturn Lane  

Closings, continued

July:

Bibas Diner, 607 West Gray Bootsie's Heritage Cafe, 112 Commerce, Tomball Byrd's Market & Cafe, 420 Main Casa Rico's, 1620 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands The Enclave Sports Grill, 1140 Eldridge Parkway, Suite 100 Expressions Fine Chocolate, 3535 Wilcrest Extreme Pita, all locations except the University of Houston main campus location Formosa Bistro, 14838 Park Row Hunan Downtown, 821 Capitol La Vista, 12665 Memorial Drive Starfire Grill, 3801 Bellaire Boulevard and 2412 Bay Area Boulevard

August:

Antone's Famous, 2424 Dunstan Americas, 1800 Post Oak Boulevard Cafe Under the Oaks, 615 East Main, League City Chabuca's Steaks & Rotisserie, 316 West NASA Road 1, Webster City Eats, 4003 Rustic Woods Drive, Kingwood Freshii,1531 Eldridge Parkway Green Apple Cafe, 3145 Highway 6 Habaneros Mex-Grill, 3017 Milam Manvel In-laws & Outlaws BBQ, 20321 Highway 6, Manvel Matt's Restaurant and Lounge, 3202 Marina Bay Drive, Kemah Moreno's Bar-B-Que Restaurant, 1425 NASA Parkway Pagoda Vietnamese Bistro & Bar, 4705 Inker Pavani Express, 943 S. Mason Road, Katy Red Balloon Cafe, 4410 Westway Park Boulevard, Suite 300 Sweet n Namkin, 10736 West Bellfort Sweet Tea Cafe & Tea Bar, 325 West 19th Street Whollie! Guacamole Mexican Cocina, 23110 Kuykendahl, Tomball

September:

Bambolino's, 1504 Airline Bricks Burgers, 6250 Highway 6, Suite B, Missouri City DJ's Restaurant and Sports Bar, 12033 Highway 6, Fresno Eldorado Jack's, 1000 Marina Drive, Montgomery Hill Bar & Grill, 33111 Haley Road, Waller Great Khan Mongolian Grill, 5672 Highway 6, Missouri City Greatfull Taco, 2411 S. Shepherd Java Drip Cafe, 317 Gentry Street, Spring JB's Steakhouse & Grill, 11300 Huffmeister Road and 6013 FM 1960 Kofa Cafe, 20514 Highway 6, Manvel Kona Grill, 16535 Southwest Freeway, Suite 200, Sugar Land Krystal Hamburgers, 1623 FM 1960 Latina Cafe, 1972 Fairview Little Red Barn Hamburgers, 10609 Grant Road Mia Bella Trattoria, 2006 Lexington Mumbai Spice, 12102 Westheimer My Pizzeria, 9222 Louetta, Suite 100, Spring Pete & Shorty's, 17790 Katy Freeway and 16549 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land Ransom's Steakhouse and Saloon, 300 Stewart Drive, Montgomery Ruby Tequila's, 2616 Louisiana Saffron Moroccan Cuisine, 2006 Lexington Saucyritos, 303 Memorial City Way Shmos Bistro, 1500 Research Forest Drive, Suite100, Shenandoah Sunrise Grill, 24641 I-45, Spring

October:

Burger Girl, 17117 Highway 249 Capital Q, 1228 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston ERA Restaurant & Bar, 809 Congress La Parranda Mexican Restaurant, 14243 Stuebner Airline Molto's Food & Cafe, 306 Main, Suite E Old Heidelberg, 1810 Fountain View Pie Garden, 1325 Broadway, Pearland Renegade Chicken, 7069 Beechnut Tomo Japanese Restaurant, 1517 Westheimer Voice at the Hotel Icon, 220 Main Yelapa Playa Mexicana, 2303 Richmond

November:

Cafe Bretagne (scouting for new location), 20240 Park Row Drive, Suite J, Katy Cafe Moustache, 507 Westheimer Cafesitos Restaurant Bar & Grill, 3750 S. Mason Road, Suite 100, Katy Chanterelle Bistro and Wine Bar, 5115 Bellaire Boulevard El Rey Taqueria, 233 Main The Fruit Pallette (scouting for new location), 2413 Rice Boulevard Jack's Place, 26710 I-45, Oak Ridge North Laurier Cafe & Wine, 3139 Richmond Mongolian Cafe Steak & Grill Buffet, 5050 FM 1960, Suite 106 Moriah Kafe (formerly known as Aroma Classique), 3406 Mangum Pierson & Company Bar-B-Que (closed temporarily), 5100 T.C. Jester Smokin' Mike's Real BBQ, 11134 Highway 6 South, Suite 128, Sugar Land

December:

The Breeze, 6316 Stewart, Galveston Cafe España, 7519 Westheimer El Señor Fish Mexican Grill, 8502 FM 1960, Humble Fajita Ritas Baja Grill & Cantina, 5200 Louetta, Spring Just-Eat, 13602 Bellaire Boulevard La Mia, 5801 Memorial Drive Sapori Ristorante Italiano, 12225 Westheimer, Suite B Tavern on Milam, 3107 Milam



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