Openings & Closings: Adios 1252 Tapas in Uptown & Hello Taco in The Woodlands

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While it's not a restaurant, it's still a notable closing. B4-U-Eat, an online Houston restaurant guide, announced its own closure on Monday, February 17. For the past 23 years, B4-U-Eat has provided Houstonians with a variety of updates for restaurant openings and closings, reviews and events listings. B4-U-Eat will certainly be missed by many Houston residents.

Mary Lee Donuts, located on the Gulf Freeway, was gutted after an early-morning fire on Friday, February 14. CultureMap reports that no one was inside the 25-year-old restaurant at the time of the fire and that investigators believe the source of the blaze was a fryer or the exhaust system.

The 1252 Tapas Bar in Uptown Park closed on Monday, February 17, but CultureMap notes that the owner is set to open a new restaurant in the same location this summer. Over the past summer, 1252 Tapas in Vintage Park shuttered; now the Uptown Park location has said adieu, leaving the original location in The Woodlands all by itself. Sometimes the original is the the one that works.

Thanks to a tip from one of our readers, we now know that Thai Sticks on Montrose Boulevard closed on Saturday, February 15. The reader told us that a server informed their table that Saturday was the last day Thai Sticks would be in business. We called the restaurant several times and no one answered during normal serving hours, but the voice mail system still works.

Coffee drinkers get excited, because another coffee shop is opening in the near future, and it is brought to you by Boomtown Coffee's Matt Toomey and Charlotte Mitchell, as well as Goro & Gun/Bad News Bar's Brad Moore and Ryan Rouse. CultureMap notes that The Honeymoon will open at 300 Main Street sometime in April. Along with coffee drinks, The Honeymoon will serve cocktails and baked goods -- it's meant to have a New Orleans style and vibe. Justin Burrow of Bad News Bar has created the cocktail menu and chef Amanda McGraw will make the baked items, according to Eater.

Nothing Bundt Cakes opened another location in Pearland, this one at 11041 Shadow Creek Parkway, and will hold a grand opening on Monday, February 24. Head to this location on Saturday, March 1, for a chance to win free bundlets (mini bundt cakes) for a year; the first 50 guests to purchase something in the store will receive a free bundlet every month for one year.

The Woodlands will welcome a new Mexican restaurant in the middle of March. Hello Taco is a concept from husband and wife Armando (originally from Mexico City) and Susan Ocampo. The restaurant will feature a menu of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tortas and salad bowls prepared with a variety of meats and seafoods (chicken, carne asada, blackened fish, shrimp, etc.). Nothing on the menu will be fried and the restaurant promises to not use any lard. Oh yeah, and the guacamole is made several times a day, and flour tortillas are made fresh daily as well. Hello Taco will open at 25114 Grogan's Mill Dr.

Punk's Simple Southern Food will also open in March. Eater reports that the restaurant will focus on dishes inspired by the Gulf Coast, more specifically with ingredients ranging from Texas to Mississippi, as well as Georgia and North and South Carolina. You can get a sneak peak at the restaurant on Saturday, February 22, during the First Annual Street Carnival, a pre-opening party from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. Enjoy traditional carnival fare and cocktails, and make donations to Texas Children's Hospital Cancer Center. General admission is free.

Did we miss any openings or closings? Let us know in the comments section and we will be sure to include them in next week's report.

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