Restaurant News

Openings & Closings: Do You Want Doughnuts With That Ice Cream?

The Daily Review Cafe closed due to water issues, according to the Houston Chronicle's Syd Kearney, but it seems like things have been going downhill for the restaurant for a while. Recently, Yelp reviewers have been giving the River Oaks cafe many poor reviews, saying it was "awful all around" and that patrons waited nearly 45 minutes to be served their food. One reviewer even remarked that the restaurant needs Food Network's "Restaurant Impossible" to help them with their struggles. There's no news as to whether the restaurant has closed for good, or if it is only temporary.

Thanks to commenter justthefacts, from last week's openings and closings report, we now know that Papa Joe's BBQ in Memorial City on Kingsride Lane has closed. The restaurant's website states that a Starbucks will be taking its place.

Waldo's Coffee House closed last summer, but the space has been replaced by a new coffee shop from the same owners. Boulevard Coffee opened on Heights Boulevard this past week and showcases an expanded patio for concerts and outside seating (it's dog friendly, too) and a kitchen in which chef Steven Hernandez makes pastries, kolaches, cookies and sandwiches each day.

On Friday, March 14, Hello Taco, a family-owned Mexican restaurant, opened in The Woodlands on Grogan's Mill Road. Hello Taco is a fast-casual restaurant serving a variety of tacos, burritos, tortas, quesadillas and bowls, all with a choice of chicken, shrimp, fish or carne asada. The flour tortillas and guacamole are made fresh daily.

Way Good Food Truck held its grand opening on Sunday, March 16. The food truck serves sandwiches and burgers, such as classic cheeseburgers and grilled cheese sandwiches, and an inventive potato chip-crusted fried chicken breast sandwich with lettuce and pickles; the truck also offers small bites, such as hummus and pita chips, stuffed jalapenos, brisket nachos and fried mac and cheese balls.

Apparently doughnuts and ice cream don't have enough sugar on their own, so Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins teamed up to open a combo restaurant in Katy on Tuesday, March 18. This is the first Dunkin' Donuts to open in Katy, and the first Dunkin' Donuts - Baskin-Robbins hybrid to open in Katy as well. Can you say, chocolate cake doughnut with a scoop of Gold Medal Ribbon ice cream on top? Don't worry, my stomach hurts just thinking about that, too.

Clear Lake now has its very own Salata. The salad bar opened on Thursday, March 20, and continues its grand-opening celebration today from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. complete with free samples of various items such as Salata's soups, lemonade and veggie kabobs; Customers who purchase a salad or wrap today will receive a free tea or lemonade coupon.

On Saturday, March 22, Ragin Cajun will open its fifth location, this one in The Woodlands. The grand-opening celebration begins at 11 a.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. The event is also a fundraiser for Hope: The Will Herndon Fund for Juvenile Batten Disease Research; Ragin Cajun will donate 15 percent of all the proceeds from the grand opening to the fund.

It's been nearly half a year since MF Sushi was forced to close due to an early morning fire, but as announced on the restaurant's Facebook page, MF Sushi will reopen on April 20. CultureMap's Eric Sandler spoke with Alex Kinjo, brother of chef Chris Kinjo, about the reopening. Kinjo tells Sandler that the restaurant has been completely remodeled; the only thing that stays the same is the sushi bar and the small alcohol bar, but other than that, MF Sushi's interior will be quite different from what it was before the fire.

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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Molly Dunn
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