Openings & Closings: House of Pies Shutters Temporarily, Good Dog Preps For Brick-And-Mortar & A Look At 2014

There weren't any permanent closure announcements this week, but two restaurants are now temporarily closed -- one because of a fire, and the other because of a brick-and-mortar expansion.

The roof of the House of Pies on Kirby caught on fire late on Wednesday night, forcing the pie shop to temporarily close its doors. Kaitlin Steinberg reports that the electrical blaze broke out around 10:45 p.m. in the restaurant's ceiling. Khaled Khalaf, whose family owns the restaurant, told Steinberg there were approximately 70 customers in the building at the time; no injuries were reported. "We'll reopen as soon as possible," Khalaf said. "Most of the damage is on the outside. It's an easy fix. It's just the roof." According to manager Greg Smith, House of Pies will be open by Thanksgiving.

Good Dog Houston announced on Facebook that the food truck would be temporarily closed for the next couple of weeks as the owners prepare to open a brick-and-mortar location in the Heights. The permanent store will be at 903 Studewood. Eater reports that Good Dog will also serve non-hot dog dishes, such as the duck dish the owners, Amalia Pferd and Daniel Cabellero, brought to a Lucky Dog event. The store will also serve local craft beer and locally produced wine.

Aaron Webster closed Tasti-D-Lite in Highland Village a few months ago so he could open a completely new restaurant concept, Drexel House. Eater reports that Webster's restaurant will open by the end of this week. Drexel House is located on Westheimer in River Oaks and will serve modern takes on pizza, soup, salad and sandwiches, as well as fancier small plates such as rib eye, scallops and lamb. Eater reports that the restaurant was designed by Julia McGarr, who also designed Brasserie 19, Coppa Ristorante Italiano and Coppa Osteria. Drexel House's menu will be written on a chalkboard wall, and there will seating on the patio and at the bar.

Although Flora & Muse in CityCentre closed last week, the shopping area welcomes two new restaurants: Capital Grille and Seasons 52.

Eater reports Capital Grille will open on November 14, and the Houston Chronicle announced that Seasons 52 will open on Thanksgiving Day, November 28. CityCentre is the second Houston location for both of these restaurants.

B4-U-Eat's weekly newsletter notes that Sam's Bar & Grill opened on Monday, November 4 at 6357 Westheimer. The website still says "Coming Soon"; however, we do know that it's a sports bar, so we expect the classic offerings of hamburgers, fries and beer.

After months of anticipation, Trenza has finally opened its doors to the public. Last week, chef and owner Susie Jimenez held a red carpet grand opening, but now the Latin-Indian fusion restaurant is ready to serve Houston. Jimenez's menu reflects the name of her restaurant - which means "braid" in Spanish - as she blends Latin cuisine with Indian cuisine. Menu items include curried dusted tostada with chorizo black beans, cabbage slaw and crumbled feta cheese; turmeric potato crunchy tacos with apple cilantro slaw; and sizzling saffron shrimp with garlic, ginger, lemon zest and crostini.

Grace's will be the newest restaurant from Johnny Carabba, but it won't serve any Italian dishes. Carabba tells CultureMap's Marcy De Luna that he has already done that, so instead the restaurant will serve comfort food dishes, such as chili with cornbread, rib eye sandwiches and braised short ribs. Carabba plans to open Grace's on Kirby in December.

Several restaurants announced plans for openings in 2014, including Bonefish Grill. Construction began on Thursday, November 7, in The Woodlands; this will be the restaurant's 200th location in the country. According to a press release, it will open in the spring of 2014.

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ will open in January of next year at 510 Gray. B4-U-Eat's weekly newsletter says it will be similar to U R Cooks -- for anyone who remembers this restaurant from the 1980s -- a place at which you grilled your own steak. The only difference is that Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ will have more options, including seafood and vegetables.

Eater reports that construction for Vinoteca Poscol's new location will be complete in February of next year. The restaurant and wine bar will have the same menu, according to Eater.

Jonathan's The Rub is also moving to a new location next year, and it's going to be a much large space. CultureMap reports the new building will be just a few blocks down the road from the current location, and will seat 150 inside, 50 on the patio and 20 at the bar. Chef and owner Jonathan Levine tells CultureMap that he believes the restaurant has outgrown its current location in the Memorial area and that he wants to have enough seating for reservations. Expect the new doors to open on August 1.

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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