Openings and Closings in Houston: New Szechuan Restaurant Gets Glowing Reviews

The coming year will bring many good things, and one of them is another freestanding Niko Niko's location.
The coming year will bring many good things, and one of them is another freestanding Niko Niko's location.
Photo by Lennie Ambrose

Corkscrew BBQ's brick-and-mortar is now open at 26608 Keith in Spring, and they're slinging much-admired barbecue every day from 11 a.m. until it's gone (which appears to be somewhere between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., judging by their Facebook posts).

Mike Smith of the Houston Chronicle Prime Property blog reports that Niko Niko's is adding a new location near the intersection of the Beltway and I-10, which is expected to open early next year. It will be the fourth location of the eatery, although it's only the second complete stand-alone version.

New eatery The Del, 6565 Del Monte, describes itself as country-club casual and fairly unpretentious; you can check it out for yourself during its soft opening, which is going on now. It's open nightly from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and reservations are encouraged. News of its official grand opening should be coming soon on The Del Facebook page.

Cooking Girl is now open in the former Akamaru space at 315 Fairview, and all of the Yelp reviews are absolutely glowing— one even says that they enjoyed it better than Mala Sichuan, which is high praise indeed. Perhaps Cooking Girl will be in the running for best Houston Chinese food, and its mostly organic ingredients are an added bonus.

CultureMap's Eric Sandler reports that Fig & Wasp Test Kitchen, formerly Beirut Lebanese Restaurant, is now reincarnated and serving up Mediterranean food at 4105 Washington on Wednesdays through Saturdays. It's a dual-concept space that includes Fig, the restaurant which will feature monthly guest chefs, and Wasp, a bar and lounge that will also host special events, like a weekly salsa night.

On Friday, October 9, Class 502 at 9889 Bellaire will celebrate its grand opening with buy one, get one free bubble teas, hot teas, shaved ice and more. The drink stop is schoolhouse-themed, complete with desk-style seats and chalkboards all around. It's part of a burst of new bubble tea joints in the area, but who's complaining?

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt has unveiled a new location at 13421 Westheimer, and there will be grand opening festivities beginning on October 10. On Saturday, you can get free yogurt and a Menchie's T-shirt if you get there early, and on Monday, you can fill up your cup for just $1 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday is date night, and all yogurts are buy one, get one free. Check out the location's Facebook page for details on their daily specials.

There's a new Dunkin' Donuts now open at 6127 FM 2920 in Spring, which includes a Baskin Robbins location as well. It's complete with a drive-thru and updated interior design to make your experience even more enjoyable.

If you know of an opening or closing that we missed, leave us a comment or send us an email.

Finally, here's your list of the openings and closings in September.

Artisana Bread, 965 Pinemont
Asia Market, 4822 Fulton (relocation)
Around the Corner, 1510 Hutchins
Avesta Persian Grill, 2691 Wilcrest
Bagel Dots, 5533 Judalon
Black & White, 1001 Studewood
Chef Frank Triola's Cafe, 5740 South Wayside
Christian's Tailgate, 1012 Congress
Drew's BBQ, 819 Richmond
The Durham House, 1200 Durham
Fellini Gelata and Caffé, 794 Sorella
Gatlin's BBQ, 3510 Ella
JCI Grill, 6955 Gulf Freeway (renovation)
KA Sushi, 1901 North Shepherd
Lotus Seafood, 2825 South Kirkwood
The Lucky Fig, food truck
Mama Sumba Sports Bar & Grill, 9522 North Sam Houston Parkway East
Ninja Frog, food truck
Oddball Eats, food truck
Off The Vine, 2865 Dulles
Oxheart, 1302 Nance
Pappa Charlies, 2012 Rusk
Piada Italian Street Food, 5801 Memorial
Pie Five Pizza, 19325 Gulf Freeway
Pour Society, 947 North Gessner
Rico's Morning + Noon + Night, 401 Gray
Saigon House, 3101 Main
Salata, 2617 West Holcombe
Saltillo, 5427 Bissonnet
Sharetea, 9889 Bellaire
Signature Kafe, 3722 Main
Tarakaan, 2301 Main

Akamaru Japanese Restaurant, 315 Fairview
Bonnie's Beef and Seafood, 6867 Gulf Freeway
Commonwealth, 4601 Washington
Fire Station 11, 4520 Washington
Lillo & Ella, 2307 Ella
Ragin' Cajun, 2626 Research Forest
Teala's, 3210 West Dallas
Tipico Café, 5758 FM 1960
Überrito, 2245 West Alabama

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CorkScrew BBQ

24930 Budde Rd.
Spring, TX 77380


Niko Niko's

2520 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006


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