Restaurant News

June 2012 Openings & Closings: Nightmares and Dreamscapes

Correspondence this week from the "It Was Only a Matter of Time" department confirmed that The Moghul's has closed. After one disastrous visit to the place, I was never inclined to go back -- and it appears the restaurant left other guests with the same impression.

Moving into the spot, however, is another restaurant which I'm already wary of: Harvest Live Grille & Bar, whose move into the former Moghul's (and former Champps) space will mark its second location in Houston. I've only had one meal so far at its Fountainview location and came away terribly unimpressed, but -- unlike The Moghul's -- not so blatantly offended that I won't return to try its all-organic menu at some point in the future.

In other vaguely disappointing news, Bennigan's is reopening in Houston. And just after I finished beaming with pride over the fact that virtually none of Consumer Reports' top nine U.S. chains are located here. Just terrific. More Bennigan's. It's like waking up from a pleasant dream only to find that you haven't actually woken up and are actually now in the midst of a nightmare BECAUSE BENNIGAN'S.

However! There is good news on the horizon...

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Katharine Shilcutt