Restaurant News

Openings and Closings in Houston: Another Tacos A Go-Go, Barringer Bar Reopens and British Food Coming Soon

After moving to its new location, Barringer Bar & Lounge is back, this time at 108 Main in the historic Brewster Building. The space was originally a dry goods store when it opened in 1872. It's probably safe to say that now the speakeasy-style establishment sells more wet goods than dry, especially with husband and wife Robby and Chieko Cook slinging cocktails from behind the 50-foot bar. 

Steak 44, a Phoenix-based steakhouse, has signed a lease in the River Oaks area for a location that will open in spring 2016. The restaurant offers steaks that are cut and aged in house, as well as extensive seafood options, including a raw bar. No word yet on the steakhouse's exact address.

Later this fall, the River Oaks District will also welcome Thirteen Pies, a wood-fired pizza and handmade pasta franchise that currently sports locations in Fort Worth and Atlanta, to 4444 Westheimer. The menu has twelve standard pizzas, and the notorious thirteenth pie is a special that changes daily, according to Greg Morago at the Houston Chronicle.

Lincoln Bar & Kitchen has opened at 5110 Washington, the old Brixx location, and it's boasting Wednesday night steak nights. Check out the bar's Facebook page for upcoming special events— it seems like there's a lot coming up at Lincoln!

Houston's classic burger joint Prince's Hamburgers appears to has closed its location at 3899 Southwest Freeway near Greenway Plaza, according to both the Houston Chronicle and Swamplot. The location hasn't been open for about a month now, and passersby have reported that the place appears to be cleaned out. Syd Kearney at the Chronicle is still waiting for official word from management.

Although Ahh, Coffee at 2018 Rusk had a soft opening a month ago, it's now officially open, says Eater Houston. The East End coffee shop brews Boomtown Coffee, makes sandwiches using Houston Dairy Maids cheeses and meats, and features baked goods from Kraftsman Bakery.  Check out the review mentioned in our recent summary of the Houston food blog scene.

On August 15, Hunky Dory Tavern will open at 719 West 18th in the Heights and bring some much-needed British cuisine to the neighborhood. It boasts a swanky dining room and a casual pub space, and chef Richard Knight, former co-chef at Feast, will be blending modern American influences with traditional British fare. There's a prix-fixe weekend brunch with rooster beanz on toast— which is, you guessed it, rooster testicles. 

According to Bruce at Chili Bob's Houston Eats, Acacia Food Mart, a specialty Turkish grocery at 11821 Wilcrest, has closed. There's no confirmation of this on their website or social media, however.

The Ginger Mule Tonics & Meals is now open in Sugar Land Town Square at 2228 Texas Drive, according to Cara Smith at the Houston Business Journal. It's the fourth collaboration between Robert White and Victor Litwinenko, whose projects have always been located in the square. This one features cask-conditioned beer and Southern comfort food, like braised pork belly.

The taco craze continues as Tacos A Go-Go plans to open a new location at 3401 West TC Jester in the former Roznovsky's Hamburgers space, says Laura Furr at the Houston Business Journal. The restaurant's two current locations are practically cult-classic taco shops, and the outer loop location will probably be no different. There's no word on when the new location will open.

The Houston Business Journal also says that there's another Union Kitchen location coming soon, this time in Ella Plaza, at 3470 Ella. It will be the flagship restaurant for the new plaza and the fourth location of the restaurant. Once again, there's no public knowledge of an opening date at this time.

There's another location of the ever-popular Frenchy's Fried Chicken open at 11788 West Sam Houston Parkway where you can experience a true Houston classic with Southern sides. The original Frenchy's was opened as a poboy shop in 1969, and the franchise has blossomed to locations all over Houston.

In other fried chicken news, the Golden Chick is planning to come to Houston. The Dallas-based fast food chain plans to open 80 franchises by 2025, with one or two opening in the next year, says Cara Smith at the Houston Business Journal. There's no word yet on the exact locations of those first few stores. 

That's all the openings and closings for this week— that we know of. If you know something we don't, leave a comment or send us an email and let us know!
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Alexandra Doyle