Openings & Closings In Houston: Yum Yum Cha Is Calling It Quits After a Decade

After a decade in business, Yum Yum Cha is closing because the landlord won't give them a lease longer than six months.
After a decade in business, Yum Yum Cha is closing because the landlord won't give them a lease longer than six months.
Photo by Robert Z. Easley

Bartender Linda Salinas of newly-opened La Grange made a scream heard all the way across the Internet when she went to Yum Yum Cha at 2435 Times and discovered a sign that says that it is closing. After a decade in business, the restaurant’s last day is June 15.

We called and spoke with owner Lisa Mak, who says that the landlord is unsure what he’s doing with the building and will not renew their lease longer than six months. Mak says that’s just an impossibly short term to be able to plan a restaurant operation around. A new location is being considered, or perhaps some pop-up dinners, but Mak says a final decision has not been made on those options yet. The little café in Rice Village has been a reliable spot for dim sum that will be missed.

This was the sad sight that greeted bartender Linda Salinas when she went to dine at Yum Yum Cha.
This was the sad sight that greeted bartender Linda Salinas when she went to dine at Yum Yum Cha.
Photo by Linda Salinas

Saint Arnold is no longer the only Houston brewery with its own restaurant. Karbach Brewing Co. has opened one now, too. Eric Sandler of Culturemap Houston included some details in a recent roundup of new restaurant openings. It’s open Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

Speaking of breweries, there’s a new one slated to open east of downtown. Joe Martin of the Houston Business Journal says it’s from Sigma Brewing Company LLC and will be at 3118 Harrisburg. They’re hoping for a winter 2015 debut and will include a 1,200 square foot tap room. There will not be food in-house but, hey, that sounds like a good opportunity for some food trucks. Maybe they’ll make some arrangements in the future.

This dish of uni, egg dashi, king crab, proscuitto crumbles and homemade pasta with caviar is just one of many delights that await on Cureight's tasting menu.
This dish of uni, egg dashi, king crab, proscuitto crumbles and homemade pasta with caviar is just one of many delights that await on Cureight's tasting menu.
Photo by Chuck Cook Photography

The Woodlands now has an ambitious restaurant with a multi-course tasting menu and only 25 seats. There’s an equally-matched set of optional wine pairings, too. “Where is this place?” you might ask. You’ll never guess. It’s nestled deep inside Hubbell & Hudson Bistro. It’s called Cureight (or Cur8 for short) and is the brainchild of chef Austin Simmons. (Simmons was recently profiled in a Houston Press cover story about young, up-and-coming executive chefs.) Look for ambitious, beautifully plated fare that, while sophisticated, isn’t overly precious. Many courses feature protein, including the dry aged beef that is one of their most popular items. It’s only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

There’s a few new chain restaurant locations that will ensure there is enough salad for everyone. There’s a new Yelp listing for an Olive Garden in the West University area at 2929 Southwest Freeway #160. Don’t forget the breadsticks!

On the northwest side, a new Salata has a big grand opening celebration planned for its 43rd store (and the 22nd in Houston alone) at 1600 Louetta. A new feature is a drive-up window for guests to pick up orders. The first 43 guests in line starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 5 will receive a free salad or salad wrap and signature drink. The new location is also donating 15 percent of sales to the Spring ISD Education Foundation.

Now let’s take a look at all of the openings and closings in May 2015.

Openings
Ahh Coffee, 2018 Rusk
B&B Butchers, 1814 Washington
Barnaby’s, 1801 Binz
Bollo Woodfired Pizza, 2202 West Alabama
Del Frisco’s Grill, 1900 Hughes Landing
Fluff Bake Bar, 314 Gray
Gumbo Jeaux’s, 2155 Durham
Haveli, 5901 Hillcroft
Kim’s Teahouse, 10944 Westheimer
La Grange, 2517 Ralph
Le Cakery Boutique,1014 Wirt
Lincoln Bar & Kitchen, 5110 Washington
Mala Sichuan, 1201 Westheimer
Rustic Oak Wine Bar, 511 Richmond
Sichuan Queen, 9114 Bellaire

Closings
Eleven:Eleven, 607 West Gray 
Kahn's Deli, 2429 Rice
Mezzanine Lounge, 2200 Southwest Fwy #150
Outlaw Dave’s Worldwide Headquarters, 6502 Washington
Radical Eats, 507 Westheimer
Roznovsky's Hamburgers,  3401 West T.C. Jester

Closed and Reopened With A Different Concept
Dosi Restaurant + Soju Bar, 2802 South Shepherd

Remodeled and Reopened
Ballpark Café,1520 Texas
Russo’s New York Pizzeria, 604 Polk

Temporarily Closed For Flood Repairs
Brenner's On The Bayou, 1 Birdsall

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Related Locations

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Yum Yum Cha Cafe - CLOSED

2435 Times Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005

713-527-8455

yumyumchacafe.com

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Karbach Brewing Co.

2032 Karbach St.
Houston, TX 77092

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Hubbell & Hudson Bistro

24 Waterway Ave.
The Woodlands, TX 77380

281-203-5641

www.hubbellandhudson.com


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