As several of our commenters pointed out last week, Josephine's Italian Ristorante (1209 Caroline) appears to be closed for good. Although no one has been answering the phone at the old downtown restaurant -- say what you want about the food, it's always been a charming Lady and the Tramp-type place even on its worst nights -- a sign posted on the front door claims that the restaurant is "temporarily closed" for "mandatory repairs." No date was on the sign, however, leading to speculation that the temporary closure may indeed become permanent.
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BB's Cafe (509 Louisiana) has officially opened its second location in downtown, and shared some pictures of the new space and its signature Cajun dishes on the restaurant's Facebook page. This new BB's Cafe is located right across the street from the Alley Theatre, but don't expect to get a pre-show meal there: The restaurant is only open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Sundays, for now. You can still get your late-night grillades and grits fix at the original location on Montrose, however.
Earlier this week, we told you that the Ruggles Green (800 W. Sam Houston Parkway) at CityCentre is now open, but warned you that although the food is [mostly] tasty, the noise levels from the concrete, high ceilings and dozens of children was nearly deafening. Proceed with caution.
At 13 Celsius (3000 Caroline), owner Ian Rosenberg has made a few changes to the wine bar's food and coffee menus. The new coffee menu offers more than just the typical cappuccino or espresso. You can also get a cubano, a macchiato or even a selection of cold, non-alcoholic Italian beverages. The revamped food menu lists several new appetizer and panini options as as well as an expanded meat and cheese selection. Sadly, my favorite sandwich -- the bresaola with arugula and truffle horseradish -- didn't make the cut onto the new menu, but old favorites like the España with chorizo are still there.
And finally, congratulations to Philippe Gaston, the sous-chef to master Manabu Horiuchi at Kata Robata, who is leaving under truly amicable conditions to become the new sous chef at Reef. We wish the best of luck to Gaston in his new role.