Openings and Closings: 2009 Edition

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The year gone by marked some very exciting restaurant openings (such as Haven, Branchwater Tavern, Yelapa Playa Mexicana and Stella Sola) and some equally important closings (such as Cafe Annie, Bedford, Las Alamedas and Felix Mexican Restaurant). To close out the year, Robb Walsh recapped his favorite restaurant openings of the past decade as well as the biggest losses to the Houston restaurant scene in the last ten years, with many people chiming in on both posts.

Below, a review of all the restaurants in Houston that opened, closed or moved in the past year, in alphabetical order.


III Forks, 1201 Fannin 1905 Pizza Bar, 2228 Texas Drive, Sugar Land 3 Olives, 22764 Westheimer Parkway 901 Postoffice, 901 Postoffice, Galveston

Abhiruchi Indian Cuisine, 14045 Westheimer Alicia's Mexican Grill, 26326 Highway 290, Cypress Andalucia Tapas & Taverna, 1201 San Jacinto Angus Grill, 6106 Westheimer Argentina Cafe, 3055 Sage, Suite 130 Armond Bakery, 12151 Westheimer, #L

Bar-B-Que Blues, 5404 Almeda Basil Grill, 7952 Westheimer Bistro Alex, 800 W Sam Houston Parkway Bistro LeCroy, 2021 Strand St, Galveston Block 7 Wine Company, 720 Shepherd Drive Bodega's Taco Shop, 1200 Binz Bombay Pizza Company, 914 Main, Suite 105 Boudreaux's Cajun Kitchen, 9774 Katy Freeway Boudreaux's on the Bayou, 6310 Heards Lane, Galveston Bullrito's, 12719 FM 1960 Buon Cibo Italian Grill, 3202 Marina Bay Drive, #J, League City Branchwater Tavern, 510 Shepherd The Broken Spoke (new managment/menu), 1809 Washington Byrd's Market & Cafe, 420 Main

Calliope's Po-Boy, 2130 Jefferson Candelari's, 2617 W Holcombe Canopy, 3939 Montrose, Suite C Cafe Balkan, 10846 Westheimer Cafe Beirut, 3223 Hillcroft Cafe Ginger, 1952 West Gray Cafe Rose, 800 W Sam Houston Parkway Cafe Yasmeen, 11920 Highway 6 South, #1300, Sugar Land Capital Q, 1228 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston Cajun Boiled Crawfish, 19640 Kuykendahl, Spring Cajun Family Restaurant, 25282 Northwest Freeway, #150, Cypress Celebrity Cupcakes, 2343 University Boulevard, Suite B The Chelsea Grill, 4621 Montrose Chez Roux, 600 La Torretta Boulevard, Montgomery Chicago Style Deli, 13080 Highway 105 West, Conroe Chopin Mon Ami Restaurant, 1508 39th Street, Galveston Ciao Bello, 5161 San Felipe, Suite 100 Clary's Seafood, 8509 Teichman, Galveston Coffee Bistro, 109 Meadow Parkway, League City Crush Wine Bar, 20 Waterway, Suite 200, The Woodlands

Da Vinci Ristorante Italiano, 6455 S Fry Road, Katy Dario's American Bistro, 14315 Cypress Rosehill, Cypress Di Bella's Italian, 1902 31st St, Galveston D'Vine Wine Bar, 25202 Northwest Fwy #100, Cypress

Eddie V's, 12848 Queensbury Edojin Sushi, 12344 Barker Cypress, #210, Katy The Egg & I, 557 W. Bay Area Boulevard, Webster Ephesus Mediterranean Grill, 510 S Mason Road, Katy

Five Guys Burgers & Fries, multiple locations Fleming's, 788 W Sam Houston Parkway N, #120

Georgia's Farm to Market, 12171 Katy Freeway Giacomo's Cibo e Vino, 3215 Westheimer Grimaldi's, 20 Waterway Avenue, The Woodlands Guadalajara del Centro, 1201 San Jacinto Gumbo Bar, 2105 Post Office, Galveston

Ha's Kitchen, 13480 Veterans Memorial Drive Haven, 2502 Algerian Way Hearsay, 218 Travis Hebert's Hot Tails Crawfish Boil, 5025 Louetta, Spring Hibachi Grill & Buffet, 3703 Garth Road, Baytown Hot Pot City, 8300 W Sam Houston Parkway Hubcap Grill, 9591 South Main

Jeannine's Bistro, 106 Westheimer Johnny D's Cafe, 301 W Parkwood, Friendswood Juan and Lefty's Mexican Cantina, 17381 Highway 249 Juan Mon's, 1901 Taft

Kata Robata Sushi & Grill, 3600 Kirby Khun Kay Thai Cafe, 1209 Montrose Kiz Pan Asian Kitchen, 430 S Mason Rd, #113, Katy

La Magia Cafe & Pizza, 3699 Highway 6, Sugar Land La Trattoria Tuscano, 4223 Research Forest, The Woodlands Laurenzo's Grill, 4412 Washington Avenue Little Big's, 2703 Montrose Little Big's, 1600 Zoo Circle Drive in Hermann Park Lola, 1102 Yale Louisiana Creole Cafe, 3717 Dowling Loving Hut, 2825 S. Kirkwood Luigi's, 2328 Strand St, Galveston

Managua, 7818 Bellaire Boulevard Mango's, 403 Westheimer Mantra Fine Indian, 15295 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land Mashawi Lounge, 13525 Westheimer McCormick & Schmick's, 1201 Fannin Merche, 21208 Northwest Freeway, Cypress Meson 1910 Mexican Cuisine, 15202 Mason Road, Katy Mia Bella, 1201 San Jacinto Mucho Mexico, 1310 N Wayside Drive My Pizzeria, 9222 Louetta

Natto, 1818 Hamilton Neeta's Indian Cuisine, 6688 Southwest Freeway

Off the Hook Seafood, 16203 Westheimer #105 Olympia at Pier 21, Pier 21 at Harborside Drive, Galveston The Original Louisana Kitchen, 10400 S Post Oak #E Orioli's Prime Steaks & Seafood, 5322 FM 1960 West Our House, 11919 Crosby Lynchburg Road, Crosby

Pampa Grill & Market, 10111 Hammerly Pecker's Pizza, 3307 Spring-Stuebner Road Peli Peli, 110 Vintage Park Boulevard, #P, Cypress Pho Tan Loc, 11603 Highway 6 South, Sugar Land Pico's Bakery & Taqueria, 5710 Bellaire Boulevard, #A Poscol, 1609 Westheimer Pradaria Steaks & Churrascaria, 10694 Westheimer Pronto Cucinino, 791 Town and Country Boulevard, #146

Que Cafe & Coffee Bar, 408 20th St, Galveston

RA Sushi, 12860 Queensbury Ray's Franks, 1302 Nance RDG + Bar Annie, 1800 Post Oak Boulevard Rice Thai Kitchen, 9401 Katy Freeway The Rockwood Room, 5709 Woodway Drive Ruby Tequila's, 2616 Louisiana Ruggles, 903 Westheimer Ruggles Green, 2311 W Alabama, #C

Sabine River Café, 10001 Westheimer, #2520 Saffron Kabob House, 5711 Hillcroft, #B2 Saigon One, 11830 Bellaire Boulevard, #C Saint Dane's Bar & Grille, 502 Elgin Sawyer Park Sports Bar, 2412 Washington Avenue Seppia Grill Wine Bar, 2800 Sage Road Sharky's, 1660 W Lake Houston Parkway, Suite 104, Kingwood Shogi Hibachi Express, 15955 City Walk, Sugar Land Shuck Daddy's, 1511 Shepherd Smashburger, multiple locations Spicy Pickle, 11611 Katy Freeway Stella Sola, 1001 Studewood Straits, 800 W Sam Houston Parkway N, Suite 940 Strata Restaurant & Bar, 122 Vintage Park Boulevard, Cypress Sushi Choo Choo, 12149 FM 1960 Sushi Raku, 3201 Louisana Susie's Cakes & Confections, 12280 Westheimer, Suite 6A Suzybee's, 12914 FM 1960

Table Seven, 700 Durham Taco House, 5001 Broadway Taisho Japanese Grill & Bar, 16100 City Walk, Sugar Land Tasti D-Lite, 1707 Post Oak Blvd Tasti D-Lite, 3974 Westheimer Tesar's, 1701 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands Three Brothers Bakery, 4036 S. Braeswood Tinto's, 2015 West Gray, #J Tremont Cafe at the Tremont House, 2300 Mechanic St, Galveston Trios Downunder, 10535 Westheimer Trophy Room, 22225 Katy Freeway, Katy

Udipi, 557 S Mason Road, Katy

Valentino in the Hotel Derek, 2525 West Loop South Vin Bar in the Hotel Derek, 2525 West Loop South

W Grill, 4825 Washington Avenue Wolfie's, 22522 Highway 249

Yao Restaurant, 1201 Fannin Yard House, 700 Town & Country Boulevard Yelapa Playa Mexicana, 2303 Richmond Yukino Sushi, 5959 Richmond, Suite 160

Zaxby's, 8103 Louetta, Spring Zoe's Kitchen, 5779 San Felipe

On the next page, closings. CLOSINGS

55 Degreez Wine Bar, 7316 Louetta, Spring 713 Restaurant & Lounge, 100001 Westheimer

A Taste of New Orleans, 3719 N Fry, Katy Allie's Steakhouse and Piano Bar, 402 Grand Parkway, Katy Aloha Hawaiian BBQ, 1803 N Fry, Katy Andros Deli & Mediterranean Cafe, 3828 Fondren The Angel and Ox Pub Irish Pub & Restaurant, 22758 Westheimer Parkway, Katy

Bamboo Restaurant, 27830 State Highway 249 Bangkok Room, 914 Main Bedford, 1001 Studewood Bertani Ranch Steakhouse, 12810 Telge Road, Cypress Big Daddys Smokehouse & Grill, 3145 Highway 6, Hitchcock Big Island Hawaiian BBQ, 2150 S Highway 6, Katy Bistro 829, 829 S Mason Road, Katy Bizzy Cafe, 5571 Highway 6 North Boudreaux's Cajun Meats, 23930 Westheimer Parkway, Katy Burgerdog, 5601 Memorial

Café le Jadeite, 1952 West Gray Cafe Saigon, 9607 Broadway, Pearland Cafeteria Cappocetti, 2620 Sage Camille's Sidewalk Cafe, 7316 Louetta, Spring Catfish Willy's, 2435 Texas Parkway, Missouri City Charlie's Texas Grillery, 1440 W Gray China Cafe, 6180 Highway 6 North Cleve's Chicken and Rice, 12519 North Freeway Cold Stone Creamery, 510 Gray St Collins Chop House & Whiskey Bar, 300 Main Como Se Dice, 1660 W Lake Houston Parkway, Kingwood

Daily Grind, 4115 Washington Avenue DaniVens Steak & Seafood, 4940 Fairmont Parkway, Pearland Debby's Steak House, 13080 Highway 105, Conroe DJ's Olde-Timey Burgers, 7918 Kirby Drive

Fito's Mexican Seafood, 720 W NASA Road 1, Webster Fox Sports Grill, 5175 Westheimer

Garnaxas Tapas Bar, 5213 Cedar Good To Go Cafe, 2409 Falcon Pass

India-Grill Restaurant, 9110 Jones Rd Isla Coqui, 1801 Durham

Java Pi Cafe, 2271 Northpark Drive, Kingwood Jeff's Eatery, 440 Benimar Jimmy Wilson's Seafood, 12109 Westheimer JJ Ichiban Buffet, 5700 Highway 6 North John & Joe's Eatery Shack, 345 Dulles Ave, Stafford

Kilgore's Pub & Grille, 211 FM 1960 Kitchen on the Bayeaux, 10943 Scarsdale, #A Kuala Lumpur Malaysian, 7818 Bellaire Boulevard Kyoto Japanese, 25701 I-45 North

La Choza Cafe & Grill, 14045 Westheimer La Jaliscience, 1307 Yale La Mansion Mexican, 9330 Broadway La Strada, 322 Westheimer Las Herraduras Mexican Restaurant, 3104 FM 528 Rd, Webster Little Island Grill, 6383 Westheimer Los Cucos Seafood and Steaks, 811 Avenue D, Katy Luby's, 1014 Baybrook Mall, Friendswood Luby's, 6223 Bellaire Blvd Luby's, 5215 Buffalo Speedway Luby's, 6125 Central City Boulevard, Galveston Luby's, 4511 FM 1960 West Luby's, 8440 Gulf Freeway Luby's, 6704 Highway 6 South Luby's, 8801 North Loop East Luby's, 941 N Shepherd Drive Luby's, 1518 Willowbrook Mall

Mak Chin, 1511 Shepherd Mama Ninfa's, 9401 Katy Freeway Mama Ninfa's, 6154 Westheimer Memorial Grill, 14510 Memorial Mikado Japanese, 5709 Woodway Drive Moksha Indian Fusion Cuisine, 9415 Broadway, Pearland Mucho Mexico Los Molcajetes, 1310 N Wayside Drive My Amigos Mexican Grill, 2441 FM 646, Dickinson

Noble Roman's Pizza, 11603 Highway 6 South, Sugar Land

Onion Patch, 10111 Hammerly Out of Africa, 14019 Southwest Freeway, #204, Sugar Land

Pan Y Agua, 3215 Westheimer Panchero's Mexican Grill, 4603 Garth Road, Baytown Panchero's Mexican Grill, 17756 Katy Freeway Paw Paw Bar & Grill, 12151 Westheimer Rd Paul's Pizza Shop, 21150 Kuykendahl Rd, Spring Pepper Chino, 4444 FM 1960 Rd W Peppers Steak & Seafood, 220 Gulf Freeway, League City Pollo Bravo, 890 S Mason Road, Katy

RainDrop Chocolates, 810 Waugh Rickshaw Far East Bistro, 2810 Westheimer Romano's Pizza & Italian, 14520 Memorial Ruby Tuesday, 16549 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land

Sandy's Market, 12171 Katy Freeway Sam's Boat, 7637 FM 1960 Sam's Boat, 26710 Interstate 45, The Woodlands Sam's Boat, 2752 Sunrise Blvd, Pearland Saute, 2303 Richmond Singha Thai, 12102 Westheimer Sirenuse Euro Bistro, 24 Waterway Avenue, Suite 175, The Woodlands Sizzler, 6062 FM 2920, Spring Sizzler, 6945 Industrial Parkway, Rosenberg South Philly Steaks, 3602 Scott Southlands Brazilian Steakhouse, 18736 Highway 249 Sultan Mediterranean Grill, 12280 Westheimer Sushi Thai, 1302 Nance Star River Chinese, 2929 Southwest Fwy

Tacone Flavor Grill, 2228 Texas Drive, Sugar Land A Taste of New Orleans, 3719 N Fry Road, Katy Texadelphia, 5535 Memorial Drive Thai Racha, 1005 Dairy Ashford Thai Racha, 10085 Long Point The Family Table, 17045 Stuebner Airline, Spring Thyme Table Cafe, 11660 Westheimer Timpano Chophouse & Martini Bar, 610 Main Tio Pepe, 5213 Cedar Tito's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 1801 S Dairy Ashford Tookie's, 1202 Bayport Boulevard, Seabrook Tony's Boiled Crawfish, 11830 Bellaire Blvd Truffles Chocolate, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands Tung's Hunan Palace, 1212 FM 1960 Twisted Fig, 20680 Westheimer Parkway, Katy

Valentino's Seafood, 1503 W Bay Area Boulevard, Webster Vegas Grill, 20931 Gulf Freeway, Webster Victor's Oxtail Homestyle Cooking, 25602 Interstate 45 #101, Spring Village Express Asian Cuisine, 9296 Westheimer Vivian's Southern Cuisine, 5405 FM 1488, Magnolia

The Wine Spot, 937 S Mason, Katy Wings-Pizza-N-Things, 3010 N Fry Rd, Katy

Yatra Brasserie, 706 Main

Zig's New York Deli, 1200 McKinney, #374

On the next page, restaurants that moved. MOVED

Azzarelli's: Now located at 17754 Katy Freeway, #B (all other locations closed)

Beaucoup Bar & Grill: Now located at 3102 Old Spanish Trail (location on Elgin as Beaucoup Wings-n-Wings closed)

Cava Bistro: Now located at 300 Main (other Main Street location closed)

Huynh: Now located at 912 St. Emanuel (location on Milam closed)

Jenni's Noodles: Now located at 2027 Post Oak Boulevard (location on Jefferson closed)

Jungle Patisserie: Now located at 9110 Bellaire Boulevard (location next door closed)

Kelly's Grill: Now located at 7030 Addicks Clodine Road, Suite 101 (location in Sugar Land closed)

Las Alamedas: Soon to be located at Katy's La Centerra shopping center (Memorial location closed)

Late Nite Pie: Now located at 302 Tuam (location on Elgin closed)

Olive Garden: Now located at 9750 Katy Freeway (Memorial City Mall location closed)

Thelma's: Now located at 3755 Southmore (Live Oak location closed after fire)

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