The much-anticipated reboot of Leon's Lounge at 1006 McGowen is almost here; Houston's oldest bar began its soft opening a few weeks ago, and the grand opening is coming soon. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates.
Eight Row Flint is preparing for an opening in mid-November, according to Greg Morago at the Houston Chronicle; the icehouse, located at 1039 Yale in a former Citgo station, will serve bourbon directly from barrels, large-batch cocktails and carbonated cocktails from behind a bar made from used bourbon barrels. There will be Texas-friendly bar bites, such as tacos, queso and guac, to help you wash down all that alcohol.
There's a new sushi spot at 2200 Post Oak; Oka Uptown is open and slinging sea urchin, Wagyu, sushi and more as fast as you can eat it. Look at the Facebook page for photos, plus shots of the swanky new space.
The Heights location of La Fisheria will be closed after October 31 in favor of the new downtown location at 213 Milam, where you'll still find all of the Mexican seafood dishes that you've come to love.
The District at 610 Main is now open and may seem familiar to regulars of District 7 Grill at 501 Pierce, which is from the same group. Offerings from this newer, more fine-dining style establishment include kale artichoke dip, braised beef short rib pappardelle and an Akaushi burger with aged white cheddar and truffle tarragon mustard aioli (say that five times fast).
Shakti Baum's new food truck, Etta's, is now on the road and serving up Southern-style fare, although it's still pretty limited to brunch as of yet. You can track its progress on Facebook to find those brunch spots and hopefully even more opportunities to try Etta's very soon.
The Stuffed Baked Potato Factory, 6362 MLK, is open and ready to serve you massive baked potatoes with names like The Funky Chicken, Cowabunga and The Cajun Coon Azz. You can also find sandwiches there, as well as mozzarella-filled boudin balls, so make sure there's plenty of room in your stomach before you go.
Italian restaurant and wine bar Enoteca Rossa at 4566 Bissonnet in Bellaire is aiming for a November 7 opening, according to the Facebook page. The website isn't live yet, so no word on the details of the menu, but there will definitely be pizza from a wood-burning oven and plenty of wine, so we're feeling pretty good about it.
The new Fogo de Chão in The Woodlands
is now open opens November 6; you can find all the gauchos and skewered meats you adore at 1900 Hughes Landing. It has a new lunch menu that's tailor-made for your lunch break, a bar with small plates and a patio space. The original location at 8250 Westheimer is celebrating its 16th anniversary with renovations that have brightened the space and added more buffets filled with delicious fare.
Katy has a new pie and coffee shop; Proud Pie opens November 2 at 3522 South Mason, and there you'll discover treats like the sweet-and-tart Wonkaberry pie, a variety of chocolate pies made with Ghirardelli chocolate and specialty lattes like butter pecan and cinnamon bun. They also serve frozen blended beverages sans caffeine, iced tea mocktails and a variety of gourmet hot chocolates.
Old Town Coffee Parlor at 200 North Elm in Tomball will open for business soon; currently, you can find its coffee at pop-ups around the area, and you can follow its progress on Facebook. This coffee shop specializes in craft coffees, especially local roasters, made in small batches to please your inner coffee connoisseur.
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It's only been open for about a week, but Miyabi Sushi, 4502 Highway 6, is already making its customers very happy– free appetizers and ice cream are always well-received. The reviews on Yelp describe the sushi as fresh and delicious, and its enthusiastic five-star rating appears to be hard-earned.
UB's Pizza and Mediterranean Pies will open soon at 1226 Museum Square in Sugar Land; the build-it-yourself pizza joint specializes in a kind of Lebanese flatbread called manakeesh, a refreshing take on the popular customize-your-own-pizza concept.
Another restaurant that's nearly here is Yai's Thai Kitchen, 7035 West Grand Parkway South in Richmond. It's a traditional-style Thai eatery with a few modern twists, such as duck curry with tomatoes and bamboo, three-sauce fish filets and classic Tom Yum soup. Check out the website for its progress, to find one of its many pop-up offerings or to check out the daily specials.
That's all for this week's openings and closings! If you know of one that we missed, leave us a comment or send us an email.