Openings and Closings

Two restaurants on the west side of town fell victim to the wrecking ball this week: the Olive Garden (1000 Memorial City Mall) in the Memorial City Mall parking lot off Gessner, and the McDonald's (14450 Memorial) off Tully. Both chain restaurants had been around since the 1980s and both had hosted countless families throughout the years.

But they also have something else in common (besides serving cheap food): Both restaurants are being rebuilt. The Olive Garden's new building is already open and operational in the new Village Plaza off Bunker Hill, on the other side of I-10. And the McDonald's is also scheduled to rebuild a bright and shiny new restaurant on the site of the demolished one. Score one for unnecessary use of resources!

Also closed this week is the popular Bistro 829 (829 S. Mason Road) in Katy. Despite excellent reviews from area residents and an equally popular sister restaurant -- 3 Olives -- in Katy's Villagio development, the nearly three-year-old restaurant shut its doors this weekend. A phone call to 3 Olives verified that the Bistro's closure was permanent and that there were no immediate plans for the restaurant at this time.

Meanwhile in Cypress, the brand new Cajun Family Restaurant (25282 Northwest Freeway, #150) opened this week. The restaurant will serve all the standard Louisiana fare like boudin, gumbo and boiled shrimp, and will also have generous happy hours Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and all day on Sunday.

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