Openings & Closings: May 2011

The Heights seriously needs to stop being so awesome, because I don't care how many great restaurants relocate to the neighborhood, I'm still not moving there. But I will keep wasting gas driving over there. (Side note: Dear restaurants, please come to downtown!)

Just in this week alone, Down House and BB's opened up and increased the area's cool factor by a power of 20. (And there's Heights Ashbury, too, which might be losing its vegetarian food but will retain its juices and smoothies.)

Down House is a coffee shop-cum-bistro that's serving breakfast and lunch in a repurposed bank building just off the main drag. Locally roasted Cuvee coffee is on tap, as is a cleverly cultivated selection of craft beers. Rave reviews have already come in from the Chronicle and The Loop Scoop; we're more than eager to check it out this weekend.

And replacing the run-down old 6th Street Bar & Grill is the third location of BB's Cajun Cafe (who is exempt from the above plea, its second location being on Lousiana in downtown). Super casual yet tasty Cajun is a no-brainer for this corner, which is directly across from the refurbed Fitzgerald's.

And while it's not technically the Heights, popular neighborhood restaurant Chatter's has opened a new location at 1275 Eldridge Parkway for all those Energy Corridor folks who don't want to make the drive inside the Loop.

In other, non-Heights related news, another Five Guys Burgers & Fries opened up way out in Magnolia. And El Colonial Mexican Restaurant quietly shut its doors last week after over 20 years in business.

Below is a list of all the restaurants that opened and closed in May. If we left any off, please let us know in the comments section.

 Openings

Arturo Boada Cuisine, 6510 Del Monte, 713-782-3011 BB's Cajun Cafe, 2701 White Oak, Bohicky's BBQ, 243 FM 2094, Kemah, 281-535-2000 Brasserie 19, 1962 West Gray, 713-524-1919 Buffalo Grille (new location), 4080 Bissonnet Brick House Tavern, 3502 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, 409-763-5649 Chatter's, 1275 Eldridge Parkway, Suite 100, 281-293-0001 Down House Friends Pizzeria, 7952 Westheimer, 281-888-9564 Greatfull Taco, 2411 South Shepherd, 281-888-2504 Heights Ashbury Coffeehouse, 242 West 19th Street, 713-862-7018 Jack's Place, 26710 I-45, 832-510-2050 Keeper's Japanese, 4654 Highway 6 South, Sugar Land, 281-242-0389 La Magnolia Trattoria Italiana, 18535 FM 1488, Magnolia, 281-259-9197 Mala Sichuan Bistro, 9348 Bellaire Boulevard, 713-995-1889 Ray's Real Pit BBQ, 4529 Old Spanish Trail, 713-748-4227 Saigon Music Restaurant, 11360 Bellaire Boulevard, 832-766-0344 Stir Crazy, 25 Waterway Avenue, The Woodlands, 281-296-3306 The Core of Texas Grill, 1826 Country Place Parkway, Pearland, 713-436-2233 Turquoise Grill, 16019 City Walk, Sugar Land, 281-937-7447

Closings

Caffe Bello, 322 Westheimer Catalan (to become Coppa), 5555 Washington Avenue Chispas Del Tiempo, 1504 Airline El Colonial Mexican Restaurant, 6991 Highway 6 South Patu's Thai Village, 2420 Rice Boulevard Phil's Texas Barbecue, 110 South Heights Udipi Cafe, 4632 FM 1960 Washington Grill (to become Hughes Hangar), 2811 Washington Avenue



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