Restaurant News

Openings & Closings

The Heights and its surrounding areas have seen some big changes over the last week, starting with the big news that 11th Street Cafe is finally closing to make room for a bigger and better restaurant on the corner of 11th and Studewood. The food at 11th Street hadn't been good in a very long time, but its excellent location kept it alive. Moving in? The third Ruggles Green location. We're still waiting to see what's going to become of the Ruggles in Montrose right now, though.

Down the street, BB's Cajun Cafe has moved into the old 6th Street Bar & Grill location at White Oak and Studewood, and is finally celebrating its grand opening this weekend. Unlike its location in Montrose, this BB's has a full bar -- you'd think it'd be the other way around, given the Heights's history with alcohol -- and it's celebrating in part by offering plenty of Hurricanes along with the crawfish boil it's hosting this Sunday, June 26 from 3 to 10 p.m.

Also opening soon is the Whole Foods on Waugh and Dallas, meaning that the parking lot at the Kirby location will hopefully be a smidge less congested once it opens on June 22. We're taking a sneak preview of the store this afternoon and will have photos for you soon.

Back across I-10, efforts to revive the now-closed King Biscuit Cafe have come to a standstill according to Swamplot: "One reader tells Swamplot that remodeling work came to a halt 2 weeks ago, and that [Sarah] Fitzgerald spent all of last Thursday moving out of the building. The signs -- one of them advertising the availability of owner financing -- were posted over the weekend."

And in continuing bad news, Octane has closed its doors after only a year in operation. Considering we placed it on our list of Most Disappointing Restaurant Openings last year, it doesn't come as a huge surprise. Here's hoping that -- as Swamplot commenters have speculated -- Pink's Pizza expands into the space that Octane vacated.

Last but not least, summer just got a lot cooler: The Eatsie Boys are opening an ice cream truck. While we wait for more news on that hot item, listen to this recent radio interview with Eatsie Boys co-founder Ryan Soroka about the food truck movement in Houston and how the Boys have used social media to their advantage.

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Katharine Shilcutt