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Openings & Closings: New Concepts from Beloved Chefs, Opening Soon

Adios, Azteca's.
Adios, Azteca's.
Photo by Robert Z. Easley

Let's pull the Band-aid off and list the bad news first: Jeannine's Bistro officially closed this past week after a temporary closure became permanent. On its Facebook page, the Belgian restaurant posted the following farewell:

We've sadly decided to close, and wanted to thank all our friends & patrons for their support during the past 4 years. You were the reasons we were here & want you to know that you were appreciated. We will miss you all, as well as our staff tremendously!

Meanwhile in the Shepherd Plaza area, Azteca's closed quietly over the weekend. Moving trucks were spotted outside the Tex-Mex restaurant on Sunday, and the phone has been forwarded straight to voicemail. No word on why the restaurant, well-known for its patio and inexpensive margaritas, closed its doors or if it plans to move elsewhere. Azteca's has not yet returned a call for comment.

In happier news, the Heights saw more activity this week as Ruggles Green finally reopened at the corner of 11th and Studewood after extensive renovations to the old structure that houses the restaurant. The restaurant will also feature extended hours, as Charlotte Aguilar reported in The Leader: "Ruggles Green's biggest change in the Heights will be to offer a weekend breakfast," she wrote, "not available at its other locations."

Not too far away, the refurbished D&T Drive-Inn is almost open following a change in ownership. Chris Cusack, who also owns nearby Down House, took over D&T in January and plans to unveil its new look in a few weeks. "Down House bartender Jason Moore will run D&T, which will feature 55 craft taps," writes Eater Houston editor Eric Sandler, who also reports D&T will have a small food menu.

Chronicle real estate reporter Nancy Sarnoff gave foodies plenty to discuss earlier this week when she revealed the list of tenants set for a new Rice Village development. "A half dozen restaurants will open soon in Hanover Rice Village," Sarnoff wrote, "the high-end apartment and retail complex at 2455 Dunstan." Among them are pastry chef Chris Leung's ice cream shop -- Cloud 10 Creamery -- and two new concepts from restaurateurs Charles Clark and Grant Cooper: Coppa Osteria and Punk's Simple Southern Food.

Greg Morago at the Chronicle has more on those last two restaurants, but you'll need to get through the Chron's paywall to read up on what the second location of Coppa and Punk's are bringing to the mix.

Finally, chef John Sheely -- owner of Mockingbird Bistro -- shared photos on Facebook this week of his newest project: Osteria Mazzantini, opening this year in the Galleria area at 2200 Post Oak Boulevard. When asked how long the build-out would take, Sheely replied: "120 days to opening."



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