Openings & Closings: Family-Friendly Restaurants, Labor Day Openings & More

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What a month it has been for openings and closings! Fortunately, we haven't seen many restaurants leave the Houston dining scene, but we are in store for a ton of anticipated fall openings. We will get to that in a little bit, so let's start with the the openings and closings from this week.

Habibi Cakes officially opened in the Spring Branch area and already has a review on Yelp, with pictures of the new establishment. The bakery specializes in cupcakes, cakes made with fondant and ice cream. Unlike most bakeries, Habibi Cakes offers "Decorating Parties" where you and your friends can decorate cakes and cupcakes in the store. The hands-on classes will show you how to use certain tools to decorate cakes and cupcakes and will give you tips on using fondant, edible glitter and tools to write with on your cakes. Each person in the party will get to decorate a two layer round cake and take it home after the party is over.

Looking for authentic Indian meals and desserts? Well, Jyoti Sweets offers both. At this Indian restaurant on Clay Road you can feast on a variety of samosas, raita, curry, masala and Indian desserts, such as mango kulfi (ice cream) and kheer. The restaurant also serves baked Indian sweets aside from the desserts offered on the regular menu, like a variety of barfi, which is a confectionary made from condensed milk and sugar.

According to the B4-U-Eat Newsletter, Mexseaco Bar & Grill opened on Monday, August 26 on Pearland Parkway. The Tex-Mex restaurant will combine the flavors of South Texas and Mexican-American cuisine; the menu will also feature locally-caught seafood and a wide variety of Mexican beers.

The old Heights location of D'Amico's will be replaced by City Oven on September 3, according to Eater. The restaurant will serve 15 beers on tap and roughly nine wood-fire baked pizzas. With football season underway, this could be a new hang out spot to watch the Texans games while enjoying pizza and beer.

For those of who you enjoy dining at Ibiza, Coppa and Brasserie 19, you will need to check out the highly anticipated casual version, Coppa Osteria, opening September 2. Charles Clark and Grant Cooper have taken the concepts from the previously mentioned restaurants and made a more causal restaurant featuring a pizza drive-thru window, house-made pasta and even charcuterie boards, according to Eater. This Italian restaurant will make you feel at home with the backyard-setting and family-friendly atmosphere.

Osteria Mazzantini will also open on Labor Day, September 2. But, until then, the restaurant's bar will be the only section open, serving just items off of the bar menu and cocktails, according to the B4-U-Eat Newsletter.

Following the trend of family-friendly atmospheres and delectable cuisine, Allo French Rotisserie plans to open in the middle of September. Eric Goldner of Hubbell & Hudson in The Woodlands is bringing a French bistro with a relaxing and casual dining experience to Vintage Park in the coming weeks. In brick-and-mortar news, Good Dog Hot Dogs food truck will open a permanent location in the Heights next month. While they will still serve hot dogs in the food truck, the brick-and-mortar location will feature non-hot dog entrees and even local craft beer, according to Eater.

During all of this hustle and bustle of restaurants opening, Flamingo Steak & Seafood in Galveston shut its doors last week, but only to reopen with a new name, new venue and new menu. The restaurant will now be called Flamingo Bar & Grill, according to B4-U-Eat. We aren't sure what the newly remodeled restaurant will look like or serve on the menu right now. More information to come.

The only other closing reported this week is Sweet Lola Yogurt Bar, which will close at the end of September. In an announcement posted on Facebook, Lola says that the yogurt bar will keep customers informed on plans for 2014. We aren't sure if that means the yogurt bar will reopen or will move to a new location, but either way, this is the last month for Sweet Lola Yogurt Bar in Midtown.

In coming soon news, two new restaurants will open in Upper Kirby. Swamplot reports that a former catering company's location at 3030 Audley Street is under renovations to become a restaurant named Audley Street CafeLuigi's Cucina Italiana (Owner, Luigi Ferre, decided to keep the name of his Galveston restaurant). The soon-to-be restaurant is just around the corner from Lamar High School.

Food Network Star contestant Susie Jimenez will open Trenza next to Pondicheri in Upper Kirby on October 5. Jimenez's restaurant will be a fusion of Indian and Latin cuisine.

Unfortunately, CK Steakhouse, a concept created by Ricky Craig from Hubcap Grill and Ronnie Killen of the soon-to-open Killen's BBQ, will not open this fall due to setbacks in building the restaurant. Eater reports that Craig and Killen planned to simply renovate the location on West 19th Street, but will have to build from the ground up instead. CK Steakhouse will now open in spring 2014.

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.

Head to the next page for the openings and closings from this month... Openings:

3rd Floor, 2303 Smith St, Ste 300, 832-384-1960 Bambu Desserts and Drinks, 13411 Tomball Parkway, 832-230-8281 Barton's Sports Grill, 32350 State Hwy, Ste 10, 281-259-7144 Bawarchi Biryani Point, 6439 Westheimer Rd, 713-714-8197 Bite Macarons, 5172 Buffalo Speedway, Ste B, 713-664-2483 BurgerFi, 1501 Lake Robbins Dr, The Woodlands, 713-389-5823 Capriotti's Sandwich Shop, 2228 Texas Ave, Sugar Land, 281-242-4300 City Oven, 2802 White Oak, 713-868-3400 Crawfish 4 You, 3602 Bellaire Blvd, Ste A1, 281-564-6500 Daddio'z Pizza, 18003 El Camino Real, 281-619-8119 Dunkin Donuts, Terminal E IAH Fielding's Wood Grill, 1699 Research Forest, Suite 130, The Woodlands French Fry Heaven, 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr, Ste 6515, 281-298-5568 Fusion Taco, 801 Congress, Ste 101, 713-237-8805 Greek Isles Restaurant & Grill, 5200 Louetta, Spring, 281-257-4775 Greenz Restaurant, 1200 McKinney St, Ste 325, 713-255-2800 Grub Burger Bar, 799 Town & Country Blvd, Ste 200, 713-827-7157 Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ, 510 West Gray, Ste A Habibi Cakes Bakery, 10011 Long Point Rd, Ste B, 713-370-2253 Honey Bee Teahouse and Fast Food, 9715 Bellaire Blvd, Ste B, 832-831-6406 Inside Scoop Frozen Yogurt, 15810 SW Fwy, Ste 300, Sugar Land, 281-277-0415 Jupiter Pizza & Waffle Co., 16135 City Walk, Sugar Land, 281-313-1008 Jyoti Sweets & Indian Restaurant, 16211 Clay Rod, Ste 128, 281-859-5000 Kung Fu Tea, 9889 Bellaire Blvd, Ste 222, 832-831-9288 La Balance Cuisine, 20681 Westheimer Pkwy, Ste 10, 281-206-7974 La Blanca Cafe, 4420 Almeda, 713-689-8081 Mama Fu's Asian House, 1574 West Gray, 832-581-77019 McHugh Tea, 5305 Bissonnet St., Ste D, Bellaire, 713-498-4759 Mexseaco Bar & Grill, 1853 Pearland Pkwy, Ste 135, Pearland, 832-486-9611 Mr. Peeples Seafood + Steaks, 1911 Bagby, Ste 100B, 713-652-0711 Musas Sports Bar, 1531 Hwy 6, Ste 300, Sugar Land, 281-240-0396 Onaga, 2946 S Shepherd Dr, 713-526-6888 Pho Cao Van, 12319 Bellaire Blvd, Ste 600, 832-243-1200 Radical Eats, 507 Westheimer, 713-697-8719 Sammy's Mexican Kitchen, 22756 Westheimer Pkwy, Ste 100, Katy, 281-995-3599 Spring Roll Express, 435 El Dorado Blvd, Ste 8, Webster, 713-598-1458 Tekila Mexican Grill, 2920 Tidwell Rd, Ste J, 832-582-7411 The Black Sheep Bistro, 326 Main St, Spring, 832-616-3035 The Fresh Market, 12516 Memorial Dr, 713-647-0023 The Pastry War, 310 Main St, 713-555-1111 Unami Sushi, 1029 Hwy 6, Ste 1010, 281-741-4652 Wild Alaska Tavern, 12126 Westheimer, Ste 124, 832-406-7141 XYZ Drink Stop, 11209 Bellaire Blvd, Ste C-14A, 281-741-4652


Diego's Cantina, 1531 Highway 6, Sugar Land Don Julio's, 2520 NW Freeway, Cypress Doneraki, 2903 Woodridge Dr #300 Dulce Spoon Ice Cream and Desserts, 10011 Long Point Rd, Ste B Farm to Market Restaurant, 1522 Kingwood Drive Farrago World Cuisine, 318 Gray St @ Bagby Flamingo Steak & Seafood, 6028 Heards Ln, Galveston Kublai Kahn, 3017 Milam St. Pho Quyen, 313 Rankin Rd, Ste D River Oaks Coffee House, 3601 Westheimer Sawyer Park, 2412 Washington The Brooklyn Cafe, 3091 College Park, Conroe The County Line BBQ, 13850 Cutten Road Zunum, 1620 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands

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