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Openings & Closings: Houston Gets First Fresh Market; Food Network Star Coming Soon

Exciting news all around this week! In my hunt for opening and closing news, I only found one place closing its doors, but several new joints have opened in its wake. Hey, the more food, the merrier.

Champions Forest-area Ba Mien Bistro, which had been closed for two weeks to fix the air conditioning in the sweltering kitchen, reopened on Thursday with a new cooling system and a few other upgrades to the back of the house. Houstonia's Gastronaut reported that fans of the Vietnamese restaurant had taken to social media to lament the restaurant's brief shuttering, but they can once again complain about traffic and the weather because Ba Mien is back serving up its signature macarons and heavenly pho.

Also exciting was Wednesday's debut of The Fresh Market, the first such location in Houston. According to Gastronaut, the grand opening celebration offered a slew of free goodies that are similar to what one might find at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. The Fresh Market's first store opened in what was formerly a Rice Epicurean location, and three more Fresh Markets are scheduled to open in other former Rice Epicurean spots later this summer. Look out for grand opening celebrations at the following spots: Wednesday, July 24 at 12516 Memorial; Wednesday, August 7 at 3745 Westheimer; and Wednesday, August 21 at 5016 San Felipe.

Swamplot reports two new bars have taken up residence and should be opening later this year. The former Broken Spoke Cafe at 1809 Washington, which was destroyed in a fire last year, will be turned into a bar called Caddyshack. Broken Spoke's owner Roy de la Garza is not listed as a partner in the LLC that's set to open Caddy Shack.

Another new bar on the horizon is Little Dipper, which tweeted a photo of its new TABC license in the window of a space next to Goro and Gun downtown. Eater Houston reports that this upcoming bar is owned by the same people who own Antidote Coffee and the bar, Poison Girl, as well as Black Hole Coffee House. Little Dipper seems poised to be the alcoholic sister bar to Black Hole, as with Poison Girl and Antidote.   B4-U-Eat's newsletter informs us that National chain BurgerFi opened its first Houston burger joint in the Woodlands this week. Though its a chain, BurgerFi claims to be changing the way people think about the burger by focusing on all natural, grass-fed beef and environmentally sustainable business practices. That's all well and good, but we really want to know how its burgers are. Taste test coming soon.

Food Network Star runner-up Suzie Jimenez is moving to Houston to open an Indian/Latin American fusion restaurant in West Ave in Montrose. The restaurant, called Trenza, will open in September and will feature appearances by other Food Network stars such as Guy Fieri. CultureMap reports that Jimenez has already created a tentative menu, which is up online. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Finally, we have uncovered vague news about one closing. According to B4-U-Eat's newsletter, Omaha SteakHouse at Sheraton Suites has closed, and a new restaurant called Sage will open in its place this Fall.

If every week featured only one closing and several openings, I'll be one happy eater.


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