Openings and Closings in Houston: A Trifecta Of Long-Awaited Openings

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After much ado, Stoked Tacos & Tequila is finally open at 2416 Brazos and serving unusual Mexican-street-food-style dishes, like guacamole with pumpkin seeds and radishes on top, as well as mashed potato taquitos with pickled veggies. The spot also has a large covered patio and a walk-up taco window for those of you on the go.

Houston's first food hall, Conservatory, is open at 1010 Prairie, right next to its sister concept, Prohibition Supperclub. Imagine a cafeteria-like space with different counters, each of which serves food from a different restaurant, and that's the basic idea of Conservatory. The featured counters are Myth Café, El Burro & The Bull, Melange Creperie and Samurai Ramen. For more details, check out Phaedra Cook's first look article; also, don't expect to see the food hall on the street, because it's entirely underground.

From the folks that brought you Little Woodrow's now comes Kirby Ice House at 3333 Eastside, just a few blocks from Kirby. The concept only serves beer and features a large backyard with games and plenty of spots to lounge with friends.

The Whitehall Hotel at 1700 Smith, formerly known as the Crowne Plaza Downtown, has been renovated and re-opened, and it has a new restaurant inside called Edgar's Hermano. The fare is Mexican-meets-American-South, and it looks like the drinks might be pretty good, too.

As anticipated, Kiran's at 4100 Westheimer closed this week. Stay tuned; owner and chef Kiran Verma intends to reopen the restaurant in a freshly-built location in Kirby Grove, 2525 Richmond.

The previously mentioned Fajitas A Go Go, brought to you by the same mastermind as Tacos A Go Go, is now open at 5404 Kirby. The restaurant specializes, obviously, in fajitas, and it's geared toward takeout, although there is some space to dine there, too.

Food truck Bop Bowl is on the road and serving up bowls filled with your choice of meat, plus rice, lettuce, noodles, carrots and onions. The menu also includes sides like kimchee fries and dumplings.

Anonymous Artisan Bites & Coffee Bar, 9920 Highway 90-A in Sugar Land, is ready to serve you fresh pastries, cakes, cookies, spinach or cheese pies and, of course, coffee. The food menu consists of mostly Greek dishes, such as walnut spice cake, Greek donuts drenched in honey, and spanakopia; we're pretty interested in the Greek coffee, too.

There's a new German restaurant in Texas City because Stuttgarden Tavern opened this week.  The tap list is quite respectable, and the menu is full of traditional German offerings and pub fare like Jaeger pork schnitzel, a wide assortment of burgers and house-made bratwurst.

Favorite bubble tea haven Teahouse Tapioca & Tea has a new location at 16801 El Camino Real in Clear Lake.

Express Rolls, a grab-and-go sushi and Asian fare eatery, has opened its sixth location at 4848 Beechnut. The grand opening celebration will be on April 20 with half-price food all day, plus giveaways.

Folks in Cypress have a new dessert eatery to try out; Angels' Churros N Chocolate is open at 7168 Barker Cypress. Reviewers have raved about the coffee, gelato and Japanese-style ice cream, too.

Here are a few sundry openings for you: The Cajun House at 6015 Hilcroft, Singapore Cafe at 3149 Highway 6 in Sugar Land, Strings Noodle at 9889 Bellaire and Yoyo's Hot Dog, a nights-only hot dog stand at 2306 Brazos.

Finally, here are some restaurants that are coming soon.

Goode Co. will have a self-described "Texas BBQ, Kitchen + Cantina" eatery in the new Six Pines III development at 8865 Six Pines in Shenandoah near The Woodlands.

Fast-food burger joint Checkers has announced plans to open a dozen Houston locations in the next year.

Astros star Craig Biggio is partnering with the Marriott Marquis (the gargantuan, extravagant hotel coming soon to 1777 Walker) to create Biggio's, a double-decker sports bar inside the hotel that will serve craft brews and classic bar food. Check out Eric Sandler's CultureMap article for more details.

Eater Houston reports that San Antonio's The General Public will expand to 797 Sorella in CityCentre; the concept features fancy, hip food and an expansive craft cocktail program.

Last week, we reported a new bar coming soon to the former Copa Cabana spot at 114 Main; a reader tip tells us that the bar will be called Red Sparrow, and the owners are putting in another bar, The Study, just down the street at 110 Main in the Raphael Building.

That's it for this week's openings and closings! Did we miss something? Leave us a comment or send us an email and we'll check it out!

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