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As they seem wont to do nearly every year or so, Late Nite Pie (302 Tuam, 713-529-5522) has shut down once again. Boarded up windows and a sign indicating that the restaurant has been closed for non-payment of rent greeted diners last night, while calls from the Houston Press to the restaurant have gone unanswered, the phone ringing off the hook. This isn't the first time that the pizza place has been shut down for sketchy reasons, and it likely won't be the last. Either that, or Late Nite Pie has finally shut down for good. Could it be?!

In other closing news, La Trattoria (6504 Westheimer, 713-782-1324) is closing this week after 28 years in business. Owner Carlo Molinaro sent out an email to friends and patrons yesterday that read, in part:

After 28 years, I will be closing La Trattoria Cucina Italiana after dinner service this Saturday, December 18, 2010. Thank you for all your support over the years that made this boy from Verona, Italy, a very happy Houstonian. I look forward to welcoming you to my next adventure in 2011.

The closure of La Trattoria seems to line up with a Twitter update from My Table Magazine on December 10 that indicated two old-school Houston restaurants would be closing soon:

Hope it's just an ugly rumor: Two high-profile (but unrelated) Houston restaurants plan to shutter right after the first of the year. Damn!

Could La Trattoria be one of those high-profile restaurants? And if not, what are your guesses for which restaurants those could be?

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In brighter news, there were openings all over the city this past week, from The Woodlands all the way down to Pearland. Up north, Schilleci's New Orleans Kitchen (9595 Six Pines Drive, 281-419-4242) opened at The Woodlands' Market Street development, which food blogger H-Town Chow Down reported on earlier this week.

Down in Pearland, Pizza Parlor (2810 Business Center Drive, 713-340-3025) is now open, while Double P Bakery (6531 FM 1488 Road, Suite 313) has also opened its doors in Magnolia. Cheers to them both!

In closer news, the long-awaited Barcadia (2600 Travis, 713-523-2525) will finally have its grand opening tonight -- think of it as a nicer Joystix with fewer games but far better food and booze. We took a sneak peak at it earlier this week and gave the giant Jenga and Connect Four games on the patio a huge thumbs up, along with the Skee-ball and draft beer inside. Take a look for yourself in our slideshow.

And don't forget: If you want to check Barcadia out for free -- as in, you don't pay for any drinks or food -- head out to our grand opening party there tonight from 8 to 11 p.m. There's no cover and free valet, plus FREE GAMES, so you really have no excuse not to attend. See you at Mortal Kombat.

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