Openings & Closings: Goodbye Zushi, Welcome Back MF Sushi, and Hello Allo

We heard of only one restaurant closing its doors this week (and it came without much of a shock).

It wasn't much longer after the Zushi on Memorial Drive at Westcott closed that the other Zushi location, in the Energy Corridor, shut its doors. Sushi Club of Houston President Carl Rosa reports on the club's Facebook page that the only remaining Zushi in Houston has officially closed. In one of the comments about the announcement, Rosa writes, "The management and ownership of the restaurant had no experience offering quality sushi and operating a restaurant. I worked with them for several months to establish a database and customer relationships ... but inevitably, I had to excuse myself from Zushi altogether. There was no strategy, no mission, no focus and no genuine interest. The owners were never there. They used to watch the entire restaurant from video cameras in their home. They would visit Zushi once every two weeks."

Now, let's move on to the openings from this week-- lots of anticipated restaurants either opened or announced they are veeeery close to serving customers.

Food Network Star contestant Susie Jimenez will hold a private soft opening on Saturday, October 26, for her Upper Kirby restaurant, Trenza. The eatery will officially open the following Saturday. Eater reports that some of her co-stars from Food Network Star will be in attendance at this weekend's soft opening.

The sister restaurant to Liberty Kitchen opened on Friday, October 18, but began serving lunch and dinner on Monday, October 21. Eater reports that Liberty Kitchen Bar & Oysterette will serve seafood with a Southern touch. There is an oyster bar in the center of the restaurant, which will be open all day. CultureMap reports that the restaurant has a menu that is larger than Liberty Kitchen's -- more oysters, more appetizers and a table-side prime-rib cart.

Little Dipper will open at the end of October; the bar concept comes from those behind Poison Girl, Black Hole Coffee House and Antidote Coffee. While the bar will be similar to Poison Girl -- look for a pinball machine and jukebox -- it will also have a few additional types of beer and wine. In fact, CultureMap reports that the team is working with a former Oxheart sommelier, Justin Vann, to develop the beer and wine list at Little Dipper.

Lowbrow Bar held a soft opening on Thursday, October 24. Eater reports that the bar, from the Free Press Summer Fest founder and Free Press Houston publisher, Omar Afra, will represent Montrose -- "just swanky enough and just sleazy enough." Eatsie Boys' Chef Matt Marcus was brought in as the culinary adviser and consultant. Lowbrow's online menu shows breakfast being served all day, including burritos and Cheddar biscuits with gravy, as well as "Not Breakfast" items, such as a pastrami brisket sandwich and a chicken-fried black bean burger -- YUM. According to the bar and restaurant's Facebook page, it will be one of the few places in Houston that represents all local breweries with draft selections.

Eater tells us that Allô French Rotisserie, from the former manager of The Woodlands' Hubbell & Hudson Bistro, Eric Goldner, opened on Monday, October 21. It's not an upscale French restaurant. Rather, Allô is meant to be casual and family-friendly. The restaurant will serve a rotisserie of the day, every day, such as herb pesto lamb on Saturdays and roasted short ribs on Tuesdays, along with all-natural rotisserie chicken every day. Typical French bistro items will be served, including quiche, potato croquettes, French shepherd's pie and Croque Monsieur.

MF Sushi will reopen next month, as reported by B4-U-Eat. A fire that broke out on September 29 forced the acclaimed sushi spot to close, and we are happy to hear MF will be back in business in a few weeks.

Chocolat Du Monde reopened in its new location at 2428 Times Blvd. The European chocolate boutique was forced to close in July because of a rent increase. Chocolat Du Monde doesn't have all of its supplies yet, so call ahead to verify if they have the chocolates and sweets you are looking for.

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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