Openings & Closings: Changes at Brian O'Neill's & MAM'S Snoballs Gets a Permanent Location

The week of Christmas was a slow one for restaurant openings and closings (as is expected).

Eater reports that Brian O'Neill's will be temporarily closed after the holidays while owners Brian Young and Colm O'Neill revamp the pub with a new name and a new image. According to the current general manager, Leo Vela, the pub will be completely different in terms of appearance and will offer a much better selection of beer and wine. Brian O'Neill's will throw a farewell party on New Year's Eve with favors, Champagne, drink specials and breakfast burritos after midnight; the event costs nothing but a $5 cover fee. Eater reports that the new menu (crafted by a "big-name" chef) will include items such as a leg of lamb and tuna tartare. The relaunch date will be announced soon, but Vela and the owners hope to premiere the revamped pub as quickly as possible.

Word spread earlier this year that the Courtyard on St. James Place would close in December. After 22 years, the wedding venue/event hall/restaurant has officially closed.

Even though Prohibition shuttered after its Blowout Closing Party on December 21, the restaurant and bar will reopen at a new location downtown in 2014.

Thanks to a tip from commenter Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, we now know that Mancuso's Italian Table is closed temporarily. The restaurant's website home page states, "NOTICE: We will be closed for business until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. Have a safe and happy Holiday season!"

The Woodlands Waterway has seen lots of restaurant growth recently. On December 16, Kona Grill opened in The Woodlands on the Waterway Sqaure. This marks the second Houston location and the first Woodlands location for Kona Grill. The Waterway area now houses BurgerFi, Morton's Grille and The Refuge Bar & Bistro.

MAM'S House of Ice Snoballs officially opened its brick-and-mortar. B4-U-Eat's weekly newsletter reveals that the snoball truck opened at its storefront on West Cavalcade. In addition to the sweet snoballs, MAM'S will also serve Frito pies, Cleburne corn and pocket pies at its new home.

B4-U-Eat's newsletter also notes that Suzie Wong's World opened in Katy on Friday, December 27. This is the second location for the Chinese 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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