Restaurant News

Openings & Closings: Green Seed Grows Roots

Starting off the week with two bits of good news: Green Seed Vegan has moved out of its food truck confines and into a space of its own. The new spot at Wheeler and Almeda is conveniently located just down the street from Green Seed's former digs in the Third Ward, and it also means you'll be able to sit down and eat your Dirty Burque instead of taking it to go. I'm hoping Green Seed will still offer its terrific vegan Saturday brunch in the new spot, too.

And in southwest Houston, Alief has just welcomed a new restaurant from former child actress Cherie Johnson (of Punky Brewster and Family Matters fame, among other TV shows), reports Albert Nurick at H-Town Chow Down. Datt's It will be owned by Johnson and two other women -- all Houstonians -- and aims to serve the economically disadvantaged community by offering good food and good jobs. Expect standard American fare like burgers, hot dogs and fried chicken as well as a Sunday brunch.

Meanwhile, Mike Ricetti at the Examiner is reporting that Perbacco is temporarily closed. The hole-in-the-wall Italian joint downtown apparently suffered some water damage but will be open again in April.

Midtown's newest (only-est?) craft beer bar Mongoose versus Cobra is getting ready for its big debut, and a source says that in addition to some amazing brews on draft -- many of which have never been seen in Houston before -- there will also be Prosecco on draft. Prosecco on draft. The mind boggles.

It was confirmed this morning that Trader Joe's will be moving into two Houston locations in addition to The Woodlands location already announced. Swamplot has mock-ups of all three future stores, including the ones in the old Alabama Theater and a new store to be built at Woodway and Voss.

The rumors were true: The Pappas family did indeed purchase Mama's Cafe on Westheimer and plans to revamp the now-closed restaurant into a totally new concept -- sources say to expect some updated Southern classics when the new place opens. The only problem? A derelict kitchen that's in desperate need of repair, which could take six to nine months.

Blind item of the week: A much-maligned Montrose restaurant located in an old house will soon be changing to a new concept, along with a new chef, menu and name (although the ownership will remain the same). Cast your guesses below, and watch EOW for more information on this changeover in weeks to come.

Last but not least, we have a few new food trucks to welcome to the scene and one to bid farewell (sort of): The Modular will no longer be serving late-night grub at Grand Prize Bar. Instead, Joshua Martinez will be helping GPB owners Ryan Rouse and Brad Moore open the bar's kitchen to serve food full-time; the "tin can" itself is still out and about at spots like GPB's sister bar, Big Star. And in the meantime, welcome these newcomers to the streets: St. John's Fire, Flip 'N Patties and NOLA's Creole2Geaux.

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Katharine Shilcutt