Openings & Closings: Food Truck Parks Head Outside the Loop, The Reason Behind Hungry's Expansion & More
Since there aren't that many closings in comparison to most other weeks, let's get the sad news over with first.
Yummy Yummy for my Tummy opened at the beginning of June, but has decided to close its doors. In an announcement on Facebook on Wednesday, October 9, the Latin American restaurant off of Barker Cypress informed followers that the business is now closed, but that the owner has plans to reopen -- no date has been announced. They are still taking orders for pastries and cakes, though; simply send them a Facebook message for further information.
Torchy's Tacos on Shepherd is also closed ... but only until Saturday. B4-U-Eat's weekly newsletter says the restaurant will be closed while it undergoes renovation. We'll just have to wait and see what the remodeled Torchy's Tacos will look like.
It appears that the Swirll Frozen Yogurt location in the River Oaks Center on West Gray has been taken over by another frozen-yogurt franchise, Menchie's. The new sign is up on the storefront, but according to Menchie's website the location hasn't opened its doors yet.
Now on to the openings for the week!
Now you can enjoy Maggie Rita's in the tunnel during your lunch break.
Photo by Troy Fields
Maggie Rita's has officially opened inside the tunnel at 1001 Fannin. B4-U-Eat says this location, and the one at 600 Travis, are both owned by Tony Shanar, who has the rights to open five more Maggie Rita's in Houston.
Hungry's Bistro in Rice Village released a post on Facebook detailing its expansion project. Anyone who has driven by the restaurant on Rice Boulevard has probably seen the construction of a second Hungry's next door; this new, 9,000 -square-foot building will be the same restaurant, but with an upstairs second bar, just like the NextDoor Bar & Lounge inside the Hungry's on Memorial.
"...We thought it only fair for Hungry's on Rice to have its own space, this time called Upstairs, a second floor bar with an extensive wine menu, tastings and bites to enjoy during happy hour or later evening. Two private dining rooms upstairs and one downstairs will be available for your birthdays, special occasions, or corporate functions."
On Saturday, October 12, the folks behind Little Dipper are hosting a preview event for customers to check out the new downtown bar before it officially opens. Eater notes that Dawn Callaway, Miriam Carrillo, Scott Repass and Scott Walcott, who all established bar and coffee spots including Poison Girl, Black Hole and Antidote, have created Little Dipper to be similar to the casual, relaxed atmosphere of the previously mentioned locations - it will also have "serious booze and beer," according to Eater.
Bernie's Burger Bus is just one of the trucks that will be selling food at two new parks opening outside the loop.
Photo by Groovehouse
In food truck news, Houstonians can rejoice, because two more food truck parks are headed their way, and these two aren't going to be inside the Loop.
CultureMap Houston had reported that My Food Park HTX will open in the Energy Corridor on November 2; however, a recent announcement on the park's Facebook page states that the park will open on October 14 during lunch hours. Eric Sandler spoke with the park's owner, Liz Hale, who tells CultureMap that she thinks this one won't be hassled by city inspectors as much as other parks have been. Hale is also the owner of the dessert food truck Zeapod Cakery. Bernie's Burger Bus, Pho-jita Fusion and The Hungry Lumberjack are just a few of the trucks that will join Zeapod Cakery during the grand opening.
And if one food truck park outside the Loop wasn't enough, The Leader reports that Mangum Food Park will open in less than two weeks, more specifically on October 18. Brent Fisk and his girlfriend, Paige Hughes, decided to create the food truck park in this area to "cater to the area's businesses and residential communities," as reported by Charlotte Aguilar of The Leader. Bernie's Burger Bus, H-town StrEATS, Porch Swing Desserts, Speers Rolling Bistro, Cupcake and a Smile, POCKet to Me and Pho-jita Fusion are some of the food trucks that have already committed to the park.
The Houston Chronicle reports that previous Food Network Star contestant Susie Jimenez will officially open her new restaurant, Trenza, on November 1. However, she will have a red carpet opening on October 26, followed by a soft opening from October 27 through October 31. The Chronicle notes that Trenza means "braid," which encompasses the style of her restaurant's cuisine; Jimenez will "braid" flavors together in her dishes, such as Asian and Italian mixed with Mexican flavors; how about fried Mexican masa cakes with lamb vindaloo and fennel slaw? Or shrimp dumplings served with a cilantro and lime sauce.
Swamplot reports that the former location of Discount Liquor off of Almeda and Rosedale will become a take-out restaurant called Maxwell Street Grill... yeah, we know it's not on Maxwell Street. From the looks of Swamplot's photograph of the location, it appears that construction has yet to begin.
Fat Bao announced to Facebook followers with a photo of a "Now Hiring" sign that a second location will open in Sugar Land. CultureMap says the new venue will be twice the size of the Kirby location, allowing chef Pak Tsui to make broth for ramen every day, rather than on Mondays and Tuesdays only.
Did we miss any openings or closings? Let us know in the comments section and we will be sure to include them in next week's report.
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