Eater Houston has published information that indicates Morgan Weber and Ryan Pera, the guys behind Revival Market and Coltivare, are possibly opening a new restaurant at 1030 Yale. It seems like a solid lead, considering that Weber filed a business permit with the same address. (There's a link to the permit image on Eater Houston's web site.) It's currently the site of a closed gas station. After an inquiry by the Houston Press, their public relations representative said no further information is being made available at this time.
Eater Houston also discovered in industry trade magazine QSR that famous New York food cart operators The Halal Guys are coming to Houston. They've signed an agreement for five franchise locations and are partnering with a company called Fransmart to go global with their brand. Fransmart is also behind the rapid growth of Five Guys Burgers and Qdoba Mexican Grill.
Yelp has several new restaurants listed and we researched them to get some additional information. An Indian vegetarian restaurant called Saravanaa Bhavan (8350 Westheimer) opened on December 20. It is part of an international chain of and is located near Fogo de Chao on Westheimer. It is only the second location in Texas. The first opened in Dallas in 2012.
A Los Cucos Signature Café has opened in The Heights at 1111 Studewood near 11th Street. What is a Signature Café? Apparently, it is an upper-scale Los Cucos that offers gluten-free Mexican food. Early consumer reviews indicate they like the fajitas and delicacies like Fried Stuffed Avocados but think the prices are high.
MOD Pizza's Galleria location has opened at 5777 San Felipe. The concept lets guest pick from a variety of toppings. Their custom pizza is then baked on the spot. There are also suggested combinations for those who don't feel like thinking too hard. Four more MOD Pizza locations are planned for the Houston area.
Bahama Buck's is a franchise operation that specializes in shaved ice and other frozen, non-alcoholic concoctions. While that's a very summertime type of name, they're serving winter treats like eggnog smoothies and candy cane shaved ice, too. They've opened a location in 11300 Katy Freeway. There are three other locations that are in suburban areas: Texas City, Missouri City Katy and Cypress.
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North Harbor Bistro (a decidedly ambiguous name) opened at 10920 Fry in Cypress. Their menu looks pretty much like the menu of every other Chinese restaurant in town. However, there are some dishes, like Szechwan garlic shrimp and dumplings, that may merit closer evaluation.
Who is the soup for? It seems to be Pho Us according to the name of the new Vietnamese soup and banh mi house at 5553 Highway 6. It's also offering a very standard menu, with phở đặc biệt, bánh mì thịt nướng and bún thịt nướng chả giò, but as in so many classic dishes, it's all about the execution.
Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q has added a fifth Houston-area location in the little town of Richmond at 20500 Southwest Freeway. It opened on December 11. A quote on the Rudy's web site is from Terri Vela, the Richmond City Manager, who says she, "anticipates the addition of Rudy's is just the beginning of numerous businesses coming to the best kept secret in Fort Bend County."
That's it for the first 2015 edition of Openings & Closings. We hope you're having a wonderful New Year so far. Don't forget to send your tips on new or closed restaurants to firstname.lastname@example.org.