Restaurant News

Openings & Closings: D'Amico's Heights Location Shutters But Will Reopen in Katy

Unfortunately a few popular restaurants closed their doors this week, but fortunately they have announced plans to reopen in different locations throughout Houston. Let's start with the beloved Italian eatery, D'Amico's.

Eater Houston reports that the Heights location of D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe closed after being in business for the last two years. You can still eat at D'Amico's in Rice Village, though. A statement from the restaurant explains that the owners have enjoyed being in the Heights, but have made the decision to move the restaurant to a more suitable location. D'Amico's is opening in Katy in the early fall as well as in Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Memorial and a few more areas later.

On its website, The Boiling Crab announced that the Houston location has closed as of Monday, July 1, however the seafood restaurant is looking for a new place to open in the Houston area.

Gastronaut reported that Taqueria La Macro is not closing for good. The Northside taqueria only shut its doors temporarily on Tuesday, July 2 to expand the restaurant; the restaurant reopens on Monday, July 8 and will be three times the size it is now.

As reported last week, The Palm is reopening on July 8. The Palm went under renovations and has expanded by 2,500 square feet coming out to 9,000 total square feet. The Houston Chronicle notes that the restaurant has undergone renovations for the last five months ‑ these renovations cost $5 million, too.

In coming soon news, Yucatan Taco Stand will take the place of the former Stella Sola on Studewood in October or early November. CultureMap Houston says that the new location of the taco stand will be the third location in Texas, with locations currently in The Woodlands and Fort Worth; maybe this street taco restaurant can overcome the cursed Heights location.

Killen's Barbecue pop ups have made many patrons eager for the restaurant to open officially. Chef Ronnie Killen told the Houston Chronicle that he hopes to start the construction process in the next week and to be officially open in a couple of months. Due to real estate delays, Killen's Barbecue has not been able to progress as quickly as expected, however things are starting to shape up for the barbecue restaurant. If you don't want to wait a couple of months to feast on Killen's barbecue, you can grab some of his tasty brisket on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11 a.m. Get there early because once the barbecue runs out, there's no more.

On Friday, June 28 Good Dog Hot Dogs announced on Twitter that the food truck will open its own brick and mortar location. Their brick and mortar location will be at 903 Studewood where Big Mamou used to be located. The two owners told Eater that they enjoy the Heights, in fact, they called it their hood. The brick and mortar location should be open around September and will have a larger menu with more hot dog specials, side dishes and Texas craft beer and wine options.

A few weeks ago, Roots Bistro shut its doors, but Gastronaut reports that Radical Eats will be opening its restaurant featuring a menu with non-vegan and vegan items in that location.

Just in time for the summer heat, Houston will have its very own tiki bar, serving up exotic cocktails. After a pop up inside Grand Prize Bar, the owners' unveiled their new concept, Lei Low, a tiki bar serving up "too-pretty-to-drink cocktails," as reported by CultureMap Houston. The tiki bar will open on North Main in about four months.

Grotto Italian Ristorante opened in Galveston on June 26, making this the third location in the Houston area. Houston Business Journal reports that the restaurant opened inside Galveston's San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center.

In a sad closing, Perry's Italian Grille on Pineloch held a farewell toast on June 29. Many patrons in the Clear Lake area did not want to see the popular restaurant go.

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Molly Dunn
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