The big news this week is that beloved family eatery Cleburne Cafeteria, 3606 Bissonnet, burned to the ground on Monday night, just weeks before its 75-year anniversary. Even worse, owner George Mickelis used the restaurant as an art gallery for his late father's paintings, most of which were destroyed in the fire. Mickelis intends to rebuild the restaurant in the same location, although it may take a long time to clear away the remnants of the structure and build a new one in its place.
Saloon Door Brewing is open at 105A Magellan Circle in Webster and throwing a grand-opening weekend celebration from April 29 to May 1. The brewery serves food, too, and has weekend beer-pairing specials, such as milk stout with Cuban-style pork sandwiches and baked beans for just $12.
According to Greg Morago of the Houston Chronicle, the second location of Houston's famous Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen will open the week of May 2, at 5172 Buffalo Speedway, with much the same menu as the original Post Oak location. Keep an eye on the deli's Facebook page for opening details.
Popular barbecue joint The Brisket House unveiled its third location this week, at 3301 Cypress Creek Parkway; Syd Kearney of the Chronicle says that pitmaster Wayne Kammerl plans to expand the menu at this location to include not just barbecue favorites but also Southern fare like chicken-fried steak and fried catfish.
Bellissimo Ristorante, 1848 Airline, opened its second location this week, at 14520 Memorial in the Energy Corridor, and, for a limited time, is waiving the corking fee to help you celebrate the grand opening with your favorite bottle of wine.
In sundry openings news, Grand Imperial Chinese Restaurant at 27131 Cinco Ranch in Katy is open, as is another location of popular pasta chain NAM: Noodles And More, at 132 West Bay Area in Webster, and a Pearland location of Pepperoni's, 2975 Kingsley.
Plans for a new development near I-10 and Mason in Katy have surfaced that include several restaurants; according to the renderings, there will be a Fadi's Mediterranean Grill, Apex Burger, Tom + Chee, NAM: Noodles And More, Kravin' Fruit Bar, JINYA Ramen Bar, and MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza in the development.
In other construction news, Swamplot spotted a Panera Bread in renderings of the revamp of 1705 West Gray in River Oaks.
That's it for this week's opening and closing report! If we missed something, leave us a comment or send us an email about it.