The greatly anticipated second Houston-area Pappas Bros. Steakhouse location at 1200 McKinney is now ready for business. You'll find the same carefully crafted menu, wine list and high standards of service at the new location; also, need we mention the dry-aged beef? If you haven't experienced it yet, add it to your to-do list straightaway.
In other excellent steakhouse news, Craig Hlavaty of the Houston Chronicle says that the new Killen's Steakhouse location at 6425 Broadway in Pearland will open on November 9. The old location, 2804 South Main, will become Killen's burger joint fairly soon, although it can't come soon enough for the cult following that Killen's meats have garnered.
Here's the moment you've been waiting for: Krispy Kreme is open at 8611 Westheimer. After what seems like an eternity of rumors and delays, you can finally get those fresh-off-the-conveyor-belt glazed donuts without driving a very, very long way. There are three more Houston-area locations in the works, and the location at 5611 Highway 6 will open on November 17.
Izakaya at 318 Gray is now open for lunch on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The new midday menu includes combo meals with sandwiches, tacos or wraps and two sides, various don and soba noodle dishes and a fairly long raw list, including lamb heart!
The short-lived dinner service at Revival Market at 550 Heights has come to an end as Agricole Hospitality, including the soon-to-come Eight Row Flint, has found its time is needed elsewhere to advance the restaurant group as a whole. However, you can still book private events at Revival in the evenings, as well as have the food brought to you with catering options.
CultureMap's Eric Sandler reports that the Hollister Grill, 1741 Hollister, has closed after six successful years, including a brief venture into a Washington-area second location. A landlord dispute and street construction were the main factors that led owner Chuck Pritchett to the decision to throw in the towel. You can still find Pritchett at his popular clothing store, the Village Clothier.
Skinny Rita's Grille is adding a second location at 607 West Gray in the former Eleven XI location, says the Houston Chronicle's Greg Morago. The second restaurant will have the same light, fresh and healthy Tex-Mex menu that the first does, and the plan is to have this Rita's up and running by mid-December.
A reader tip told us that Spicy Eggs, an Indian restaurant at 3330 Hillcroft, is now open and serving up all kinds of dishes, like samosas, nachos and –you guessed it– eggs. There are boiled eggs, omelettes (including masala), fried eggs and egg desi courses. They have more traditional fare as well, including rice, chicken and seafood dishes.
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Austin-based Asian franchise Mama Fu's has announced plans to open more than a dozen new Houston locations over the next two years, as well as a renewed focus on takeout and delivery options. For a taste of what's to come, check out the current location at 1574 West Gray in River Oaks.
Finally, here's your monthly roundup of October's openings and closings around town. If you know of something we missed, leave us a comment or send us an email; we'd love to hear from you!
Bistecca Steak House, 224 Westheimer
Class 502, 9889 Bellaire
Cooking Girl, 315 Fairview
Corkscrew BBQ, 26608 Keith
The Del, 6565 Del Monte
The District, 610 Main
d'marcos pizzeria, 14642 Memorial
Dunkin' Donuts, 1525 Bay Area and 6127 FM 2920
Fig & Wasp Test Kitchen, 4105 Washington
Foreign Correspondents, 4721 North Main
Hunky-Dory Tavern, 1801 North Shepherd
Etta's, food truck
Lee's Fried Chicken & Donuts, 601 Heights
Leon's Lounge, 1006 McGowen
Menchie's Frozen Yourt, 13421 Westheimer
Method at The Marque, 798 Sorella
Miayabi Sushi, 4502 Highway 6
Oka Uptown, 2200 Post Oak
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, 24515 Katy Freeway
Piada Italian Street Food, 1930 Highway 6
Pollo Campero, 9979 Beechnut
Snap Kitchen, 19325 Gulf Freeway
State of Grace, 3256 Westheimer
The Stuffed Baked Potato Factory, 6362 MLK
Dosi Restaurant + Soju Bar, 2801 South Shepherd
La Fisheria, 4705 Inker (new location at 213 Milam)
Majorca Bistro & Tapas, 207 Gray
Witchcraft Tavern & Provision Co., 1221 West 11th (renovations)