Openings and Closings

In addition to the plethora of ethnic cuisine available in Houston, we now have a new entry on the ever-expanding list: Australian food. While Oz isn't exactly known for its culinary heritage (Vegemite aside), Trios Downunder is looking to change that. The new fast-casual restaurant at 10535 Westheimer offers a menu of healthy items like potato wedges and wraps built with laffé, a flatbread similar to naan. As the first Trios Downunder franchise in the United States, it's committed to buying all ingredients from local suppliers in order to establish good footing here.

Also new in fast-casual dining is Spicy Pickle at 11611 Katy Freeway, the first Houston location of the popular Denver-based sandwich franchise. Spicy Pickle prides itself on offering fresh Italian artisan breads and high-quality meats and cheeses for its sandwiches, panini and pizzas. And, of course, the chain claims to have the world's best spicy pickle - but that's up to you to decide.

A little birdie gave us news about the newest restaurant to open in Highland Village, which will be three stories and located above the Cole-Haan store on Westheimer. It's simply called Up. Guests will take an elevator to the aerie restaurant, which is reported to have one of the best views in the area. That's not all -- a top-notch (and top-secret) chef has been recruited to run the kitchen...

News from B4-U-Eat confirms that 3 Olives, the newest restaurant from the owners of Bistro 829, is set to open within the next few days in Katy. Located at 22764 Westheimer Parkway, the restaurant replaces Azzarelli's and will be the little sister to the 3 Olives location on Westheimer (Road, not Parkway).

Recently out of business are Pan Y Agua (3215 Westheimer); Allie's Steakhouse and Piano Bar (402 Grand Parkway) in Katy; Jeff's Eatery (440 Benimar); My Amigos Mexican Grill (2441 FM 646) in Dickinson; and Cleve's Chicken and Rice (12519 North Freeway).

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