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Openings & Closings: Famed New Orleans Steakhouse Coming to Houston

Openings & Closings: Famed New Orleans Steakhouse Coming to Houston
Photo courtesy of Doris Metropolitan
Photo courtesy of Doris Metropolitan

Critically-acclaimed steakhouse Doris Metropolitan is bringing its elegance to the former Triniti space at 2815 South Shepherd later this year. The restaurant is known for its in-house butchery, dry aged meats, and Israeli-inspired side items. According to the Houston Chronicle, Doris Metropolitan's partners Itai Ben Eli, Dori Rebi Chia and Itamar Levy opened the first location in Israel in 2003 under the name Doris Katzavim (Doris Butchers). Today there are locations in San Jose, Costa Rica and in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Entrees include steaks similar to other high-end steakhouses in town, ranging from USDA Prime beef cuts of bone-in New York strip, tenderloin, ribeye to Japanese A5 Wagyu, along with entrees such as veal cheek, Chilean sea bass and lamb chops. It’s the list of exotic appetizers like sweetbreads with poblano yogurt and cured fish bruschetta with charred eggplant cream that set Doris Metropolitan apart.

click to enlarge La Vista will reopen in the Lazybrook/Timbergrove area by late 2017. - PHOTO COURTESY OF LA VISTA
La Vista will reopen in the Lazybrook/Timbergrove area by late 2017.
Photo courtesy of La Vista

Later this year, La Vista will reopen at 1805 West 18th in the Lazybrook/Timbergrove area between 610 and TC Jester. Back in December, the longtime Houston favorite announced plans to close to rebrand and relocate from its former home of almost two decades in the Three Fountains Shopping Center.

According to the release, chef and owner of La Vista and Fat Butter Concepts Greg Gordon said that he’s “thrilled for this new chapter in my career and personal life.”

Plans are to “explore and bring innovative ideas to this concept so we become more relevant in our new neighborhood. We’ve got some fresh, exciting plans such as a full bar and great patio to really make this a standout neighborhood spot,” said Gordon.

La Vista will open in a former Pizza Hut building across the street from Hughie’s Tavern & Vietnamese Grill and will have 40 parking spots.

Patten Sommers has been announced as the new executive chef of Nordic-themed Ship & Shield in Midtown. Owner Hans Gerner said in a release that “this is a major step that enables us to present interesting new takes and upgrades on traditional Norwegian and Scandinavian fare while maintaining our focus on accessible, affordable mainstream food.”

Sommers was formerly the chef de cuisine at Triniti and started his career at Stella Sola in 2010 while still enrolled at the Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston.
Ship & Shield’s kitchen is open Wednesday through Saturday, from 3 to 10 p.m. and until 9 p.m. on Sunday through Tuesday, with a late-night menu available on weeknights until midnight and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

click to enlarge Newk's Eatery is opening in Town Center in Sugar Land in May. - PHOTO COURTESY OF NEWK'S EATERY
Newk's Eatery is opening in Town Center in Sugar Land in May.
Photo courtesy of Newk's Eatery

A Sugar Land community forum reported that a Newk’s Eatery is opening in Town Center in May. The casual restaurant features fresh-tossed salads, artisan pizzas, toasted sandwiches, kettle batch soups and desserts. This store will be the fifth location to open in the Houston Metro area.

Osio Culinary Group brings SumoMaya Mexican Asian Kitchen to River Oaks District in June. The Scottsdale, Arizona-based restaurant combines Asian flavors with Mexican and Latin American culinary traditions, with an emphasis on high-quality ingredients and creative cocktails. Executive chef Eiji Takase and his kitchen staff make everything from scratch and all dishes are designed to be shareable.

There will be live DJs booked on the weekends and during the week the restaurant will maintain a high-energy vibe, according to the press release.

SumoMaya will open at 4444 Westheimer, suite C180 for lunch and dinner, Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday, 3 p.m. to midnight and Sunday, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. The “Social Hour” happens Monday through Sunday, from 2 to 6 p.m.

Chef Jason Hill of the now shuttered Luv Me Tenders announced on Facebook that he is the new executive chef at The Del at 6565 Del Monte and Voss.

“I am honored to help lead this great concept to the next level. Please join me on this next journey in my career and the restaurant,” said Hill.

The Del is a family-friendly neighborhood restaurant and bar that serves modern American fare including burgers, sandwiches and salads.

click to enlarge Two Bowls Bun Bo Hue is scheduled to open June 1. - PHOTO COURTESY OF TWO BOWLS BUN BO HUE
Two Bowls Bun Bo Hue is scheduled to open June 1.
Photo courtesy of Two Bowls Bun Bo Hue

Signage is up at 13080 Bellaire, suite A for Two Bowls Bun Bo Hue, a new Vietnamese joint serving up delicious bowls of bun bo hue, spicy beef noodle soup. Instagram posts have been teasing followers for months and a representative told the Houston Press to expect a June 1 opening.

Last week, an employee at Julep spilled the beans to the Press about a very special pop-up event with Julep owner and cocktail extraordinaire, Alba Huerta, and a couple of famous chefs.

Chefs Enrique Olvera (featured on Chef’s Table) and Daniela Soto-Innes (who honed her craft at Brennan’s, Triniti and Underbelly) will be joining forces with Alba Huerta at Ecclesia Houston on Friday, May 5, for a one night only affair to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston. The BIG Pop-Up will feature a sweet and savory multi-course tostada tasting with Tequila Ocho pairings created by Huerta.

Paper City noted that Olvera, who runs Pujol in Mexico City, is currently the only chef with two restaurants on the 2017 World’s Best Restaurants list and Soto-Innes, who oversee's Overa's restaurant Cosme in New York, is one of only three women to be included. She also won the James Beard for 2016 Rising Star Chef of the Year.

General admission tickets are available to the public for $150; the VIP option is $225, which includes an after-dinner reception featuring a meet-and-greet session with the chefs, coffee from Greenway Coffee Company and fresh handmade churros.

Austin-based Schlotzsky’s is celebrating a grand opening on April 27 at 1521 Bay Area in Clear Lake. According to a press release, starting at 10 a.m., the first 100 guests who purchase a CinnaPack of six Cinnabon Classic rolls will receive one complimentary small sandwich per week for an entire year at the Clear Lake location.

Schlotzsky’s offers 15 different signature sandwiches served on its famous “Fresh-from-Scratch” oven-baked sourdough buns, as well as gourmet pizzas, artisan flatbreads, fresh-tossed salads and a variety of soups and desserts.

click to enlarge Jax Grill launches new happy hour specials for the summer. - PHOTO BY GARY WISE
Jax Grill launches new happy hour specials for the summer.
Photo by Gary Wise

Happy news about all new Happy Hour specials now available all summer long at Jax Grill. At both the 1613 Shepherd and 6510 South Rice locations, diners can enjoy deals on buckets of beer, beer-ritas, frozen margaritas, and weekend-favorites — mimosas and frozen bellinis.

Both restaurant locations feature classic American fare and seafood and have been popular neighborhood staples for more than 20 years. New extended happy hour times lasting through the end of summer are: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Florida-based ice cream chain Twistee Treat announced plans to open 40 to 50 Houston locations over the next five years. Houston Business Journal reported that the company hopes to open eight of those stores by the end of 2017.

Twistee Treat ice cream parlors are cone-shaped and small spaces by design, without indoor dining and usually connected to an outdoor patio.

click to enlarge A new Shipley Do-Nuts will open Katy in October. - PHOTO COURTESY OF SHIPLEY DO-NUTS
A new Shipley Do-Nuts will open Katy in October.
Photo courtesy of Shipley Do-Nuts

The Chronicle’s retail wrap reported news of a Shipley Do-Nuts heading to The Shops at Woodcreek. The retail center near FM 1463 in Katy will open in October.

Shipley has been supplying 60 varieties of tasty doughnuts and kolaches for Houstonians since the 1940s. Today there are more than 250 franchised locations throughout the Southeast in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas.

The report also noted a Cici’s Pizza to open in Cross Creek Common at FM 1463 and South Fry in Fulshear, a Bush’s Chicken slated for 20311 FM 529 in Cypress and an eatery called Viet’s Express to break ground as part of a new retail center at 403 West Gray next to Ship & Shield in Midtown.

CultureMap Houston reported that Jonathan JJ Jones, of Max’s Wine Dive, Beaver’s and El Big Bad fame, is now the executive chef for both the Houston and Austin locations of Cane Rosso. The Dallas-based pizza chain’s owner Jay Jerrier said that, "JJ brings a lot to the table on the more boring aspects of cheffery: labor management, recruiting, sourcing, and operations.” With 33 years of restaurant experience behind him. Jones has had plenty of experience in Italian cooking, his first restaurant was an Italian eatery called Café Chiasso.

Le Colonial is launching chef Nicole Routhier’s new spring-summer menu this month and a new social hour menu of bar bites and cocktails will debut upstairs in the lounge.

The new items feature in-season asparagus, spring lamb, mango, peas, wild strawberries, coconut and fresh herbs. A couple of the dishes include suon cuu nuong, coriander-crusted, grilled Australian lamb chops served with a creamy mint sauce and stir-fried Chinese broccoli and a Vietnamese favorite called bo bit tet, which is a pan-seared, Vietnamese-style USDA Prime ribeye with roasted garlic, cremini mushrooms and basil butter, sliced and served with mesclun green and Vietnamese frites.

That's it for this week's restaurant openings and closings! Leave us a comment or send us an email to let us know if we missed something.
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Cuc Lam is a freelance food writer for the Houston Press and local pop-up chef. She enjoys teaching cooking classes and hosting dinner parties when she is not writing.