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Openings & Closings: November 2010

Zelko Bistro and Katz's have some new fried pickle competition in the new Natachee's.
Zelko Bistro and Katz's have some new fried pickle competition in the new Natachee's.

It's been a while since we've done a monthly roundup of openings and closings, but we're getting that train back on track now, and what a month to pick for that re-railment. November was busy, both in terms of openings and closings as well as in terms of chefs coming and going.

Openings:

Aroma Pizza Cafe 6285 Bissonnet, 832-460-0194

Blue Moose Lodge 5306 Washington Avenue, 713-861-5525

Cafe Bretagne 20240 Park Row Drive, Katy, 281-646-8869

Dolce Vita Pizzeria 1701 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 281-465-4420

Double Cross Lounge 114 West Gray, 713-526-3423

Hoggs n' Chicks 8817 Highway 6, Suite 200, Missouri City, 281-778-4644

J'Ouvert 3030 Travis, 713-521-131

Kathleen's Mexican Restaurant 6965 Barker Cypress, Suite D, Katy

Kraftsmen Cafe 611 West 22nd, 713-426-1300

Moreno's Bar-B-Que 1425 NASA Parkway, 281-461-0202

Natachee's Supper 'n Punch 3622 Main, 713-524-7203

Otto's Deluxe Grille 23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard, Suite D10, 281-394-5886

Piola 3201 Louisiana, 713-524-8222

Teriyaki Experience 9774 Katy Freeway, 713-827-1201

Toyama 2802 S. Shepherd, 713-528-8527

TQLA 4601 Washington Avenue, 281-501-3237

 

Closings :

Agora (which burned down the day before Halloween) 1712 Westheimer

Badfish Bar & Grill 9719 Broadway, Pearland

Banzai Sushi 550 Texas

Bibas Greek Pizza (re-opening, sort of, as Bibas Diner at 607 West Gray) 5526 Memorial Drive

Cafe Rose 800 West Sam Houston Parkway

Chances (longtime lesbian nightclub closing to become "a high-end restaurant" with "a superstar chef") 1100 Westheimer

Dessert Shoppe 512 West 19th

Fabio's Italian Bar & Grill (moving to a larger location on West Alabama next year) 212 Westheimer

Fins 2810 Westheimer

James Coney Island 815 Dallas

Koffee and Stuf'd Biscuit Co. 6400 Highway 6 North

The Muffin Man (with a story that must be read to be believed) 2310 Converse

Chef Moves:

Jeff Axline Departed as executive chef at BRC Gastropub for Austin's Lakeway Resort and Spa. Owner Lance Fegen filling in until a replacement is found.

Michael Dei Maggie Departed as executive chef at Caffe Bello. Currently "laying low," according to Dei Maggi.

Michael O'Connor Hired as sous chef at Vic & Anthony's, after leaving Reef.

Jason Robinson Departed as executive chef at The Inn at Dos Brisas. James Beard Award-winning chef Craig Shelton took his place.

Seth Siegel-Gardner Hired as sous chef at Kata Robata to replace Philippe Gaston, who is now at Reef.

L.J. Wiley Departed as executive chef at Yelapa Playa Mexicana, but remains on as a partner. Plans to open his own restaurant in the future.


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