Restaurant News

Openings and Closings in Houston: A New Heights Ice House Is Here

The new ice house from Morgan Weber and Ryan Pera of Revival Market and Coltivare is set to open on December 10; Eight Row Flint is in a renovated gas station at 1039 Yale in The Heights, and the casual location fits their vision perfectly. You'll find six different barrel-aged whiskies on tap directly from the barrel, including an Eight Row Blend from Woodford Reserve, according to Greg Morago at the Houston Chronicle. The establishment is only a bar, but the Eight Row Flint food truck will be parked on site to serve up hot bites while you enjoy craft beers, cocktails and, of course, whiskies.

A reader tip told us that the Michelin-starred steak, seafood and sushi restaurant Roka Akor has established a limited corporation filing as Roka Akor River Oaks, and the restaurant's website finally lists a forthcoming Houston location. Jakeisha Wilmore of  CheapEats in Houston let us know that address is 2929 Weslayan and it's part of the 2929 Weslayan apartment tower. 

Popular Texas sushi eatery The Blue Fish has signed a lease in the new Hughes Landing, 1900 Hughes Landing Road in The Woodlands. It's scheduled to open early next year with the same top-quality Asian fusion fare that fans of the Houston and Dallas locations have come to adore, such as rainforest rolls, uni rolls and cucumber-wrapped sushi.

Eric Sandler of CultureMap has two bites of good news for barbecue fans. First, Brookstreet Bar-B-Que has a location coming to 2600 Montrose early next year. The building is a former house which will be supplemented with a patio and a drive-through window, partially because of the smaller space. This will be the fifth restaurant in the Brookstreet chain, and the owners have hopes that it will be able to provide more catering services to the downtown and Medical Center areas. 

There's also a Pinkerton's Barbecue coming to 1504 Airline, says Sandler. Grant Pinkerton is an up-and-comer in the barbecue business, and this will be his first outpost of his own. He had plans to open a location in River Oaks, which fell through due to parking concerns, which won't be a problem with the new location. He's aiming to give the space an authentic Hill Country vibe and he hopes that it will be completed within about three months. 

Pena's Donut Heaven & Grill has announced a second location coming next spring at 10555 Pearland Parkway in the former Scooter's Coffee & Yogurt spot. Pena's is known for its collaborative efforts with Killen's Barbecue that produced brisket-stuffed kolaches, and they've just unveiled a glorious line of cronuts to take breakfast to the next level.

There's a third Houston-area Flow Juice Bar now open at 4444 Westheimer where you can find cold-pressed juices, smoothies and more. The new location will feature an updated menu, including a new post-workout smoothing called The NOX, which was designed for Equinox members. In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, customers can add extras to their juices and smoothies, like ginseng and aloe vera.

Yard House opens this Saturday, December 5 at Baybrook Mall in Friendswood with 130 beer taps, including about 30 Texas brews, and the Chalkboard Series, which features limited release craft brews. The fare includes classic American grill dishes, and be sure to check out the weekday happy hour with discount appetizers and more from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

That's all for this week's openings and closings! If you know of something we missed, leave us a comment or send us an email. Now, it's time for our round-up of all of the restaurant openings and closings in November.

The Barking Pig, 2307 Ella
Bernie's Burger Bus, 2643 Commercial Center Boulevard
Big City Wings, 5402 Highway 6 North
The Burger Joint, 2703 Montrose
Curry Sultan, 5350 FM 1960
Enoteca Rossa, 4566 Bissonnet
Express Roll, 10621 Broadway
Fogo de Chão, 1900 Hughes Landing
GUAD Texas Chef Mex, 2925 Southwest Freeway
iPic Theater, 4444 Westheimer
Killen's Steakhouse, 6425 Broadway
Krispy Kreme, 8611 Westheimer
Les Ba'Get, 1717 Montrose
L&L Chinese Sushi Restaurant, 3939 North Fry
The Lucky Fig, food truck
Miyako, 4601 Washington
Oba Japanese Cuisine, 4645 Highway 6
Omelette & Waffle Restaurant, 5711 Bissonnet
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, 1200 McKinney
Proud Pie, 3522 South Mason
Scrappy Brown's, 4830 Almeda
Spicy Eggs, 3330 Hilcroft
The Tipsy Dessert Bar, 5555 Morningside
Toasted, 3434 Ella

Hollister Grill, 1741 Hollister
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Alexandra Doyle