Openings & Closings in Houston: A Stand-Alone Restaurant for Asia Market

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An email from Asia Market on February 23 shared the joyous news that after years of being part of a grocery store-restaurant combination, the restaurant part is finally getting its own building. Asia Market has long been known for its shamelessly spicy curries and is a favorite of Thai food aficionados and industry professionals alike. The new location will be at 4822 Fulton right next to the Metro Red Line station, making it easy to get to from downtown and other stops on the line. Check out the new building and the interior demolition in progress here. The grocery store will remain in the existing location at 1010 West Cavalcade.

A press release from Arturo's Uptown Italiano confirmed that its last day of business is March 1, thus clearing the way for Tex-Mex place Añejo. That's a new concept from Lasco Enterprises, which also owns The Tasting Room and Max's Wine Dive.

Arturo's owner and longtime Houston restaurateur Bill Sadler says he's "happily moving on to my next career as a gentleman farmer and guest lecturer." It's something of a second retirement for Sadler, who took a break in Port Aransas in 2001 after having spent years running several Houston restaurants, including Café Noche and The Blue Agave.

Eater Houston followed up on a tip back in December that Morgan Weber and Ryan Pera of Revival Market and Coltivare had plans for a new place. They duo have finally announced details. They're turning an old Citgo gas station into an ice house. Greg Morago at the Houston Chronicle says it will be called 8-Row Flint Icehouse and Tacos. It will serve "frozen drinks, pre-batched cocktails, whiskey shots and beer coupled with a menu of tacos, chips, queso and guacamole."

North Italia opens on March 3 at 1700 Post Oak at BLVD Place. The Houston Chronicle has a first look at the menu, which includes house-made pasta, pizza, sandwiches and small plates. The restaurant offers modern Italian fare and will use locally-sourced ingredients. The executive chef is Jonathan Wills, who spent 10 years in kitchens at Marriott hotels in several different areas of the country, including New York City.

Say goodbye to French restaurant Bistro des Amis at 2347 University in Rice Village. However, it won't be empty for long. Eric Sandler at Culturemap Houston reports that longtime Arturo's general manager Shanon Scott will soon be opening his own place called Sud Italia Ristorante. He hopes to be open by mid-April.

Checking in on the new Yelp listings for Houston, there are a few new places open and ready for business:

  • Beaucoup Bar & Grill, 6356 Richmond
  • Kaung Kaung San Restaurant, 5757 Ranchester
  • Cajun Fuze, 3702 FM 1960

That's it for Openings & Closings In Houston this week. What did we miss? Post a comment below or email us at dish@houstonpress.com.

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