New month, new openings. April may bring showers, but the month hasn't brought us any notable closings yet, just lots of openings and announcements of openings.
Thien An has reopened at its new location, 2611 San Jacinto, according to CultureMap Houston. After closing in 2012, the Vietnamese restaurant has began cooking again, and the space is much larger than it was at its former location -- there's also a bigger parking lot.
The second Mercantile opened in Montrose, at 3321 Stanford Street on Saturday, March 29, according to an announcement from Eater. This new location comes just six months after the opening of the original location in Rice Village.
Feast closed last summer and has been transformed into Georges Bistro from Georges and Monique Guy. The restaurant opened on Thursday, April 3, according to the Houston Chronicle's Greg Morago. Expect French country cuisine from Georges Bistro.
After delays, Bradley's Fine Diner opened to the public on Thursday, April 3, at 5 p.m., according to a press release. The new establishment from Bradley Ogden Hospitality is in the same strip center as its other concept, Funky Chicken. This Americana restaurant features chef and owner Bradley Ogden's favorite dishes he has created during his 35-year career, like Bradley's Caesar Salad, served with a chive pancake (topped with a fried egg!) and avocado. Other menu items include slow-roasted Berkshire pork loin and cheek with organic cranberry beans, hazelnuts and wild fennel, as well as a strawberry-rhubarb pie with a lavender-honey crisp, lemon custard and buttermilk ice cream.
Midtown Mobile Cuisine, Midtown's first food truck park, will celebrate its official opening this weekend starting today, and continuing tomorrow and Sunday. Today, the food truck park will feature food and fashion trucks; Saturday will feature a Market Place from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., as well as showcase cars and motorcycle clubs beginning at 6 p.m.; Sunday the park will offer Sunday Jazz Brunch from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Eater Houston reports that the Heights is getting two new spots at which you can feast on crawfish. The first location, The Boot, which opened at 1206 W. 20th Street, serves all the Louisiana classics, like crawfish, boudin, gumbo and shrimp. The Boot also has an outdoor patio.
The second crawfish joint, Boil House, will open soon. According to Swamplot this location used to be an audio repair shop. If you want to know what Boil House will be serving, just check out the sign on the entrance's wall: "A hot pinch of authentic Louisiana flavor."
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The thirteenth Dunkin' Donuts in the Houston area will open on Saturday, April 5. The new location, at 10840 Scarsdale Boulevard, will be another hybrid with Baskin-Robbins. This grand opening will also feature the brand new PEEPS donuts for the spring season. These are flower-shaped doughnuts with pastel green or pink icing and pink or yellow marshmallow PEEPS on top.
But, these aren't the only new restaurants in the Heights. Eater also reports that Warehouse Bar & Chill, a restaurant specializing in gourmet burgers, will open in approximately one month at 3333 West 11th Street. From the looks of construction photos, Warehouse Bar & Chill will have an outdoor patio. Charles Canales, the owner of the new restaurant, tells Eater that there will also be 24 different taps forbeer, mostly local, and other imported brews.
Bambu Desserts & Drinks tweeted that the location set for downtown has moved to Greenway Plaza. But, don't think this will delay the opening. The new Greenway Plaza location at 3825 Richmond is set to open this month, as shown on the website's locations page.
No name or menu has been officially announced, but the Houston Chronicle reports that the Azuma Group will open an izakaya restaurant at 318 Gray in Midtown, the previous spot of Farrago. Morago writes that this concept was inspired by chef Manabu "Hori" Horiuchi of Kata Robata. He will not be the head chef , but he will be involved in the creation of the restaurant.
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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