Openings & Closings in Houston: Beer-to-Go Improvements

Growlers, 1005 Waugh, found a buyer, and it's Jon Denman of the Drink of Ages radio show, which covers mostly beer and music (and sometimes tacos). The to-go beer shop is going to be renamed Drink of Ages and transformed into more of a bar than the beer shop it is currently. It will still offer growlers to go, and Denman hopes to feature some more unusual draft beers, including sours. The renovations will be taking place around March.

Beer fans, stay tuned: There's a Craft Beer Cellar coming to 907 Franklin, although no opening date has been announced yet. This nationwide chain sells bottled beer and, in some states, growlers (no word yet if Texas is one of those states). It's in the former home of Kitchen Incubator and The League of Extraordinary Brewers, and this is one of the first Texas locations of the beer store; a Dallas location is also coming soon.

Gourmet doughnut shop The Decked-Out Donut is now open at 22625 Highway 249 in Tomball with offerings like pineapple fritters and a dazzling array of colorful glazes and fresh fruit atop its decadent pastries. There's also a topping bar where you can deck out your own doughnut, as well as letter-shaped doughnuts; who needs a birthday cake when you can spell out your birthday wishes with everyone's favorite breakfast sweet?

Conservatory, an underground beer garden and greenhouse, is set to open on March 1 underneath Prohibition Supperclub & Bar, 1008 Prairie. The unique concept will host four food vendors: El Burro & the Bull barbecue, Myth Kafe Greek fare (which will close its current downtown location at 1730 Jefferson), Samurai Noodle ramen, and a collaboration between Melange Creperie and Southside Espresso for a cafe concept. Conservatory is owned by Ahn Mai and Lian Pham, who also own Prohibition. Read more in Laura Furr's article for the Houston Business Journal.

The Salt N Pepper Group's new whiskey bar at 506 Main, Boots 'n Shoots, promised an opening by Valentine's Day in a recent CultureMap article by Eric Sandler. The bar is Texas-themed and purportedly offers every Texas-made whiskey. You'll also find whiskey cocktails on the menu, plus an upstairs club space for country-style partying.

Danny Evans, owner of Little Woodrow's, is bringing another hangout spot to Houston with Kirby Ice House, soon to be found at 3333 Eastside. In an interview with Sandler, he says that the new icehouse will be slightly nicer than Little Woodrow's with a rustic, vintage atmosphere, and it's on track to open by April. The backyard will feature games and a food-truck pad, and don't worry – your pooch is welcome, too.

A new Vietnamese eatery has begun its soft opening at 502 East 20th in The Heights; Nam Eatery is open for lunch and dinner and, while there are no reviews of the food just yet, the restaurant's Facebook photos of the mural-adorned space look totally stunning.

Howie's Tiki, a new tiki bar in Spring, is now offering tiki-themed beverages at 4334 FM 2920. Food service will be coming to the bar shortly, and, although we're not exactly sure what tiki-themed food looks like, we're excited to find out.

Gary Mosley, owner of the Creek Group (think Dry Creek, Onion Creek) recently purchased the newly vacant Wabash Feed and Garden building at 5701 Washington – don't panic, the feed store is just moving to 4537 North Shepherd. Mosley plans to open another Creek restaurant in the structure sometime around May, although the name hasn't been announced yet.

Favorite late-night joint BB's Cafe has announced plans for a Pearland location, which will be coming soon to 9719 Broadway this summer. BB's owner Brooks Bassler cut back the hours for the Katy location because the middle-of-the-night demand simply wasn't high enough; the hours for the Pearland location have yet to be determined. See Sandler's CultureMap article for more details.

The Middle Spoon, a Canadian dessert stop and cocktail bar, just opened its first location in the United States at 15911 City Walk in Sugar Land, where you'll find offerings like the Aphrodite's Weakness, a lime tart covered with whipped cream and raspberry sauce, and decadent loaded milkshakes. The eatery also offers light fare, such as paninis and salads.

Fried chicken eatery Chikin is open at 5700 Highway 6 with traditional homestyle offerings like coleslaw, fries, rolls, mashed potatoes and, of course, chicken. There's also something called chicken toes on the menu – a.k.a. chicken fingers. So far, reviewers have exclusively doled out five stars to the new establishment. They say the chicken is moist and you won't need any sauce to enjoy it.

Mikoto Ramen & Sushi Bar is undergoing construction at 12155 Katy Freeway in the Energy Corridor's Tully Shopping Center. There's no word out on the details yet, but a tip told us that it looks like Mikoto is aiming for a spring opening.

A new food truck has hit the streets; El Guajillo is slinging tres leches, churros, enchiladas, mole and other traditional Mexican fare on the streets of Houston. Follow the truck's Twitter (@El_Guajillo) if you want to track it down for some pambazo sliders or corundas.

Finally, the newest Newk's Eatery is now open at 2712 Eldridge, where you'll find fast and delicious food, such as pizzas and sandwiches.

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

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