Restaurant News

Openings & Closings in Houston: Best Greasy Spoon Diner Shutters Unexpectedly

Beloved Airline Drive diner Triple A Restaurant, 2526 Airline, suddenly closed this week, owing in part to a failure to renegotiate the restaurant's lease. The diner had many fans, including many restaurant critics, and was awarded last year's Best Greasy Spoon designation in our Best of Houston awards.

Houston's first Bonchon, a popular Korean-style, twice-fried chicken eatery, is now open at 24437 Katy Freeway in Katy, and another location will soon follow suit at 11200 Broadway in Pearland. Not a fan of fried chicken? The menu includes other options, too, such as bulgogi wraps, fried octopus dumplings and pork potstickers.

Austin-based burger haven Hopdoddy Burger Bar will open its first local outpost on Monday, May 30, at 4444 Westheimer in the River Oaks District. The menu includes a slew of gourmet burgers, loaded fries, craft beers, cocktails and milkshakes. Be sure to try the Goodnight for a Good Cause burger, a cheddar-, barbecue sauce- and onion-loaded affair, because $1 of each one purchased at the Houston location will go to the Texas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Also on Monday, May 30, Houston's own Jerry Built Homegrown Burgers will open another location, at 10403 Katy Freeway in Memorial, and will celebrate all day with $5 cheeseburgers, make-your-own ice cream sandwiches and half-off beer and wine. The grand opening day is June 4, and the first 100 customers that day will get one free burger per week for the next year.

Daddyo's Pizza at 5009 Antoine has reopened several months after a violent robbery that left the owner with a fairly serious shoulder injury. Two of the three robbers have been identified and charged with aggravated robbery, while one is still at large. More important, however, is that there's now delicious pizza to be had, and a great deal of very happy Daddyo's fans.

As previously mentioned, the original Christian's Tailgate, at 7430 Washington, is now closed, although the other locations are still going strong, and Mark's American Cuisine, at 1658 Westheimer, will end standard meal service on Sunday, May 29, although it will remain open for private events and catering.

Renovations have begun at Trevisio Restaurant, 6550 Bertner, which is now temporarily closed for meal service, although it will remain open for private events through the end of May. Fans of the eatery can also order catering service for ten or more people even during the renovations by calling 713-749-0406. If everything goes according to plan, the restaurant will reopen in October.

The Sitter family, owners of Pearland's popular King's Biergarten & Restaurant, are working on a yet-unnamed, similar concept that will open in The Heights at 2044 East T.C. Jester later this year. The details haven't been released yet, but beer and bratwurst will definitely be important parts of the menu.

Another German-style eatery, Landhaus Nikodemus, at 413 West Main in Tomball, has closed; soon to take its place is Wholly Crepe, a crêperie that was heretofore housed in Frosted Bakery just a block away. The new eatery will open on Saturday, May 28.

Piada Italian Street Food, a newcomer to the Houston food scene, has opened its newest location, at 10420 Louetta in Vintage Park. The restaurant's namesake dish is an Italian-style burrito with a crêpe-like wrapping that has its origins in the street food of Italy, and the menu also includes pastas and salads.

That's it for this week's opening and closing report! If we missed something, leave us a comment or send us an email to let us know. 
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Alexandra Doyle