This past week, Eater posted that Prohibition in the Galleria area would be closing; however, in an updated post, Darla Guillen reported that Prohibition is actually moving to a building downtown. The new location will be at the McCrory Building on Prairie. The bar is holding a Closing Party on Saturday, December 21. The night will include a prix fixe dinner and a show by The Moonlight Dolls, as well as bottles of Champagne and a social-hour menu.
Commenter Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah informed us in last week's openings and closings report that Taste of Lebanon has closed. After calling the restaurant (no answer) and visiting it (no furniture inside), we can confirm that Taste of Lebanon has officially closed.
That's it for the closings announcements for this week. Let's take a look at the openings.
Ramen Jin opened softly on Thursday, December 12. Eater's Darla Guillen reports that the restaurant will focus on ramen bowls, serving six different types, including tonkotsu, miso, cold sesame, curry, veggie and tonkotsu shoyu. While the stars on the menu are the ramen bowls, Ramen Jin also offers edamame, tempura fish cake, seaweed salad and other snacks, as well as mini rice bowls.
Fat Cat Creamery will finally open its Heights store on Saturday, December 14, according to a tweet on Sunday, December 8. Now fans of Fat Cat Creamery don't have to frequent Revival Market, Black Hole, or other coffee shops and restaurants to satisfy their sweet tooth. The permanent location at 1901 Shepherd will serve ice cream, old-fashioned sodas and coffee, in addition to other items.
Bar Lei Low, the cocktail bar from Elizabeth and Russell Theode of Down House, is inching closer to its opening date. Eater reports that the owner is hoping to open its doors before we ring in the New Year.
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Bradley Ogden's Funky Chicken is in the soft-opening stage and is serving lunch and dinner, but the restaurant's grand-opening celebration will take place on Wednesday, December 18. This comfort food restaurant seems to have already grabbed the hearts (and stomachs) of Houstonians with its fried chicken, chicken pot pie and chicken sandwiches.
Max's Wine Dive will open its Fairview location in January. Eater notes that the "branch" is already seeking employees. The comfort-food restaurant is also expanding outside of Texas and will set up shop in Atlanta, Chicago and Denver next year.
After the recent grand opening of El Big Bad, its sister restaurant, El Gran Malo, has announced that it will move to a new location in the Heights this coming March, according to Eater. The owners of El Gran Malo, Lea McKinney and Steve Sharma, are currently looking for the restaurant's new home.
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.