The Fourth of July weekend was filled with exciting openings and a surprising closing. Let's start with the closing of one of the 1252 Tapas Bar locations.
The Vintage Park location of 1252 Tapas Bar closed on July 6, but don't worry, the other locations in Uptown and The Woodlands are still open. In fact, 1252 has updated its menu and Urban Swank says there are several must-try dishes and drinks added to the restaurant's lineup, including the Montadito and blueberry lemondrop.The small plates restaurant announced its closure via Facebook on Tuesday morning, but didn't reveal the reason behind closing.
In exciting openings news, Camerata at Paulie's opened on July 3 just in time for the Fourth of July weekend. Eater Houston took a look inside the new wine bar on Westheimer from Paul Petronella, owner of Paulie's, noting its "sleek, industrial space that's dominated by the U-shaped concrete bar and a long community table." Order a variety of meat and cheese plates and choose from a list of nearly 100 wine bottles for an enjoyable time at the bar, or simply eat at Paulie's next door, then head on over to Camerata afterwards.
Over the Fourth of July weekend, Katsuya shuttered, but another Korean restaurant is on its way, according to Eater Houston. Donald Chang, owner of Uptown Sushi, Bluefin and Nara plans to replace the former Katsuya location with one of his restaurants, Nara, a Korean restaurant he started in the '90s. A press release notes that Nara will be the first Korean restaurant inside the 610 Loop. Chang spoke with CultureMap and says that the restaurant will only take up 6,800 square feet of the available 8,000, and will feature a fusion menu, as well as traditional Korean food to be reserved exclusively for a private banquet room.
Tierra del Fuego, originally from Puerto Rico, is opening its first stateside location in Sugar Land's Town Square this fall. The Argentine restaurant will serve Argentine-style meats, like beef, pork, chicken and fish, along with a multitude of salads, pasta, appetizers, desserts and a full-service bar. Customers will also have the opportunity to grill their own meats over a charcoal grill, as noted by Houston Business Journal. While Houston is full of Brazilian restaurants, it will be nice to have a change in cuisine-style with this Argentinian restaurant.
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B4-U-Eat's newsletter tells us that Portugalia will be replaced by the bar and grill, Wild Alaska Tavern, opening July 22. The former Portugalia location is being renovated to include a section for live music and a dance floor.
B4-U-Eat's newsletter also notes that the family-owned Ichiban Sushi & Tapioca restaurant opened its second location in Houston Chinatown on July 3. Frey's Backyard Cafe opened in Tomball on Tuesday, July 9 serving simple, classic meals and a giant burger named the "Big Jack."
Stick It Truck announced on Twitter that the food truck would be no more, however, the owners have decided to open a new concept, Third Coast. The new food truck will serve steak sandwiches inspired by Houston. Get ready for a revamped food truck and check out the Twitter account for sneak peaks at the new menu.
Another TopGolf location is coming next year in the Spring area on I-45. Swamplot reports that the second location will be across the freeway from the new Exxon building. Talk about the best lunch break ever.