Openings and Closings: Dim Sum Delights Coming Next Year
There are some big changes coming to the Armadillo Palace, but its trademark armadillo will stay just where it is.
Hakkasan Group, an international restaurant and nightclub group, is teaming up with the Simon Property Group to bring a Yauatcha location to the Galleria area. This Chinese dim sum restaurant has a Michelin star and six locations overseas; a new Honolulu location next year will be the first in the United States, followed by the one in Houston. It will be a large, swanky restaurant and bar with a dim sum bar in front of the kitchen, and the teas and desserts shouldn't be missed. The restaurant is set to open in late 2016, and we're wondering if it can fill the hole in our hearts where Yum Yum Cha used to be, albeit at a somewhat heavier price point.
Bernadine's, the newest Treadsack offering at 1801 North Shepherd in The Heights, is promising a December 3 opening. There's no menu online just yet, but the restaurant is described as Gulf Coast cuisine, and many of the photos online involved plenty of oysters. We've also heard rumors of a raw bar, barbecued crab and fresh boudin. Graham Laborde, a Louisiana native turned Houstonian, is the master chef behind Bernadine's, and he recently spent lots of time as the operations manager for Black Hill Meats, not to mention his years of experience in Louisiana restaurants.
Cult burger favorite Bernie's Burger Bus has opened its second brick-and-mortar in Katy at La Centera, 2643 Commercial Center Boulevard, much to the excitement of Katy residents. Eric Sandler of CultureMap says that the new location is bigger than its predecessor but very similarly decorated, and the menu has the same schoolyard burgers, fries and shakes that Houston has come to love from the food truck version of Bernie's. Next summer will bring yet another location to 2200 Yale in the Heights.
Goode Co.'s Armadillo Palace at 5015 Kirby is going to be undergoing extensive renovations and expansions over the next few months, but fear not– the space will remain open during the construction. By early next year, it will feature new indoor and outdoor stages, a beer garden and the Orange Blossom cocktail bar, named for Leon Selph's tune, "The Orange Blossom Special." They'll also release a new, higher quality menu with Gulf seafood, Mexican dishes and fresh barbecue. Don't worry about the enormous mirrored armadillo sculpture, because it's not going anywhere.
Classic Houston cantina El Tiempo has announced another (yes, another!) location, which is set to open in February 2016. It's housed in the former Trios Mexican Grill building at 21810 Kingsland in Katy. The ninth location at 12440 Northwest Freeway is currently in the permit process and should open in May of next year.
Luca Manfé, winner of MasterChef Season 4, has opened his new food truck, The Lucky Fig, which features farm-to-truck ingredients, many of which are local or organic. Manfé is an Italian, and the fare, such as homestyle meatballs and risotto balls, reflects his roots. You can follow the truck's progress on Facebook in order to track down your next street meal.
Finally, there's a new Fuzzy's Taco Shop coming to Fourth Ward at 138 West Gray. It doesn't appear that an opening date has been announced yet, but we'll let you know as soon as it's ready to serve you fresh, hot tacos.
That's it for this week's restaurant openings and closings! If you know of something we missed, leave us a comment or send us an email.
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