Bernie's Burger Bus will soon ditch the bus in favor of a completely brick-and-mortar future.
Bernie's Burger Bus will soon ditch the bus in favor of a completely brick-and-mortar future.
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Openings and Closings in Houston: A Highly Anticipated Trio Is Ready for Action

Ford Fry's State of Grace at 3256 Westheimer is now full steam ahead, and his collaboration with chef Bobby Matos has produced a fine-dining approach to locally-beloved recipes, such as enchiladas, bone-in steak served in a pool of butter, shrimp toast and more. Fry says that many menu items were inspired by favorite Houston restaurants. Read Greg Morago's Houston Chronicle article for the full story.

The Heights' highly-anticipated Thai eatery, Foreign Correspondents, is now open at 4721 North Main, with chef PJ Stoops, a well-respected fishmonger and proponent of Gulf seafood, creating the fare. You'll find traditional Thai dishes on the menu, as well as rarities like fried Louisiana frogs with lemongrass, and Treadsack's Travis Hinkle created a Riesling-centric wine program to accompany the spicy Thai-meets-Gulf flavors.

Another steakhouse is vying for a spot in the Houston top-shelf steak scene; Bistecca Steak House, 224 Westheimer, is taking now reservations for its soft opening. The new eatery is from Abbas Hussein who also owns Sorrento Ristorante Italiano, and Bistecca will also serve Italian fare, especially from north and central Italy. Check out Eric Sandler's CultureMap report for more details.

Witchcraft Tavern & Provision Co. at 1221 West 11th, is closed for a complete makeover into Republic Diner + Sojubang, which will reopen on October 22. The new Korean menu will feature Korean-style barbecue, rice hot pots and twice-fried chicken. In a statement, Delicious Concepts CEO Ken Bridge noted that the change has been six years in the making, although it follows alarmingly close on the heels of a full-scale revamp of the Witchcraft menu.

Rumors of more Bernie's Burger Bus brick-and-mortar locations are true; the group announced that the second location at La Centerra, 23501 Cinco Ranch in Katy, will open on November 3. A third location is in the works for the Heights, which will hopefully open next summer. Owner Justin Turner says that the bus was a test for the storefronts, and, with the success of the brick-and-mortars, he plans to send the burger bus to a new permanent home in Austin's Midway Food Truck Park this month.

Latin-style chicken eatery Pollo Campero has expanded its presence in Houston with two new restaurants; the first, located at 9979 Beechnut, is now open, while the second at 393A Greens will open in November. The chain hails from Guatemala and focuses on authentic Latin recipes, sides and drinks.

Dave & Buster's will open its new Friendswood location at 704 Baybrook Mall Drive on November 16, the same day as Baybrook Mall's new expansion. D&B is known for its extensive arcade and play area, of course, but don't forget the food, such as the buffalo wing burger, and full bar, including adult snow cones and plenty of screens to watch the big game on. 

That's it for this week's openings and closings! If you know of something we missed, leave us a comment or send us an email.

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