In a press release, patriarch and owner Gary Adair said, “I had my first meal at Los Tios in 1975 with my mother and father. It was beyond comprehension at the time that I would be lucky enough to one day own Los Tios and even further beyond my imagination that I would one day be opening a flagship Los Tios with my own children."
The redesign of the space will be done by Aaron Rambo, who most recently oversaw the remodel of Hotel Amparo in San Miguel de Allende. Inspired by classic Mexican haciendas, the interior will feature vibrant colors and terracotta tile. There will be a large patio for chip dipping and rita sipping al fresco.
Adair Concepts' most recent venture, Betsy's at Evelyn's Park, opened this past fall. There is another concept in the works for the Wells Fargo Plaza downtown set to debut in fall 2019.
The laid-back vibe of 77 Degrees will be evident in the four levels of cabana-style seating and Caribbean-inspired tapas and cocktails. The spectacular view of the Houston skyline will remind guests where they are. A glimpse at the menu shows red snapper ceviche with plantain chips and Guacamole 77, made with avocado, diced mango, lime and pomegranate seeds.
Katsu Bar and Noodle, 15556 Cutten, opened January 22. The build-your-own katsu and noodle concept comes from California and has taken over the space that was once the Poke Bar and Vertskebap, two other build-your-own restaurants.
Diners choose their protein (chicken, pork, beef, fish or shrimp) and the katsu is then fried to order. The noodle bar offers hot or cold udon and, oddly enough, spaghetti Bolognese or Alfredo. Curry rice and onion rings make for a diverse menu, as well.
The beverage options include milk teas, fruit teas, slushes and smoothies, plus boba.
Kokoro, 409 Travis, is a new Japanese sushi concept from former Uchi chefs Patrick Pham and Daniel Lee. They are expected to open their sushi counter at Bravery Chef Hall, when it finally opens. The much anticipated and long-awaited chef-driven food hall and dining destination has a possible opening curtain of late February to early March, according to Eater Houston.
Izakaya WA, 2015 West Gray, softly opened January 11, with a grand opening January 18. The new River Oaks restaurant is the second location for the Japanese tapas-style restaurant. There are shareables like tako wasabi, a dish of spicy marinated raw octopus, and panko fried oysters. The skewered meats can be ordered fried or grilled and make a perfect pairing with the selection of Japanese beer and sake on offer.
Lunch specials run Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with sushi combos and teishoku, which consists of a small dish, miso soup and rice.
True Texas Boil House, 10100 Beechnut opened January 25. The seafood restaurant is attached to an H-E-B grocery store. You can grab a crab or shrimp boil to take home after shopping or dine-in with some fried shrimp or catfish.The boil house is open Friday through Monday.
The Tex-Mex restaurant has the usual favorites like fajitas and enchiladas, but things get colorful here with the red-shelled Diablo tacos and the ultra-blue Shark Bite cocktail. Margarita fans can even add a Jarritos soft drink to their margarita for more color (and sugar).
The restaurant serves both red and green salsa, which makes everyone happy. To be even happier, try Maria Rita's happy hour, which runs Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. That will tempt you to the south side of town.
Poke Fresh, 507 Dallas, opened five weeks ago in downtown Houston. The decor is contemporary and clean at this new eatery, with comfortable, white upholstered chairs and bar stools set around single and communal tables, with banquettes along the wall.
It offers create-your-own poke bowls and sushi burritos, plus ramen if you don't want to poke. The desserts might tempt you to extend your lunch hour, or you can take one to go. Just don't put it in the office fridge. You know how Sharon is, the little thief.
Irish Cowboy, 2300 Louisiana, closed January 1. The pub/ice house took the place of Celtic Gardens in 2016. Its popularity waxed and waned with the highlight being its large outdoor beer garden and its low point being the sometimes surly service. Tina Bammel, Director of Operations at Salt N Pepper Group (Pub Fiction, Shot Bar), said that another concept is in the works, according to CultureMap Houston.