Restaurant News

Openings & Closings: EaDo Gets a Wine Bar, Alvin Gets a Craft Beer Bar

The big news this week was the shuttering of Cabo's, the downtown Tex-Mex restaurant famous for its second-story patio and extra-strong margaritas. (I myself have not one, but two tales of woe relating to those margaritas' sneaky strength.) The Chronicle reported that the nearly 15-year-old business closed earlier this week, but that the owners could not be reached for comment. Cabo's, along with popular restaurants like Berryhill Tamales, helped popularize the now ubiquitous fish taco.

Also closed this week, although only temporarily, is Resie's Chicken & Waffles near Northwest Mall. According to Resie's Twitter account, an "unexpected electrical fire" forced the restaurant to close for repairs. The popular wings and waffles joint is working with its insurance company to reopen as soon as possible, but also notes that a second location on Greens Road is close to opening.

In openings this week, Calliope's Po-Boy on Jefferson in EaDo is getting a new neighbor: Dionisio, a brand new wine bar. More than just a wine bar, though, Dionisio is also a winery. It specializes in fruit wines, such as a blackberry Cabernet Sauvignon or a blueberry Pinot Noir, both for $30 a bottle. In addition to wines by the bottle and glass, Dionisio also has a small menu of light bites: cheese, fruit, hummus and the like. I wonder what a Calliope's po-boy will taste like drunk on fruit wine...

In other openings, B4-U-Eat reports that Bulldogs Sports Pub & Grill in Magnolia and Gordon Street Tavern in Alvin are both up and running.

The Gordon Street Tavern is a craft beer bar -- yes, in Alvin! -- from the same owners of The Barbed Rose Steakhouse & Seafood and its little sister restaurant, the Burger Bar, both of which are also in downtown Alvin.

Owner Roy Schneider seems determined to turn Alvin's quaint small-town square into a culinary destination, and he's been off to a good start with The Barbed Rose since it opened. The Gordon Street Tavern is located almost directly next door, and Schneider has plans to open yet another concept in the same area in the next few months: Il Manzo Rosso, or The Red Steer, serving Italian food and wine.

Finally, to reiterate for the record, Double Trouble Caffeine & Cocktails is not closed despite rumors to the contrary. Swing by and get a jolt for yourself if you don't believe me.

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Katharine Shilcutt