Restaurant News

Openings & Closings

After a long, lonely winter without that little blue house, MAM's House of Ice has finally reopened in the Heights. Today, the MAM's crew is opening shop from noon to 6 p.m. but, as always, hours change from day to day. Follow the snoball house on Facebook and make sure you don't show up to an empty lot with a snoball-shaped hole in your heart.

Gugliani's continues its quest to take over every former Collina's location in town, adding the old Kingsride spot to its list (Collina's in Rice Village has been a Gugliani's for some time now). The family-owned Italian restaurant is slipping into the newly renovated strip center across the street from Memorial City Mall; it's a good location for them, considering owner Gregg Guggenheim is a Memorial boy himself. Look for it to open in April.

Elsewhere in west Houston, Buffalo Grille veterans Brock and Stacey Silverstein have just opened Pecan Creek Grille at 1510 Eldridge Parkway. With a concept very similar to that of the West U favorite, Pecan Creek will be serving breakfast all day long until 2 p.m. (and will likely have some wicked pancakes to back that up). And because this is the grand opening period, the restaurant is offering some great deals through its Twitter page.

Been wondering whatever happened to Albert Baffoni? The former owner of and chef at Simposio is opening his own place once again, Sapori. Look for it soon at 12225 Westheimer, across the street from the mighty Phoenicia.

In closings, we heard through the grapevine this week that China View has sadly closed. The wonderful Cantonese restaurant from Robin Luo now has a "for lease" sign on its shuttered doors, as reported by Eating Our Words reader Travis Graham. No word on why the restaurant closed or what Luo's plans are for now, but we'll keep you posted.

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Katharine Shilcutt