Bramble at 2231 South Voss is finally nearing its grand opening. The restaurant's Facebook page boasts of the all-clear from sundry inspectors and a series of so-called soundcheck dinners, which bodes well for a soft opening in the near future. It's chef Randy Rucker's big return to Houston, and, with more press coverage than you can shake a stick at, it's easily one of the most anticipated openings this year.
Eric Sandler at CultureMap says that it won't be long until the Museum District's latest addition, MF Sushi at 1401 Binz, is cleared for takeoff. It's the brainchild of chef Chris Kinjo, who abruptly left the restaurant's first, Galleria-area iteration last year. He just couldn't stay away from this project, though, and Sandler says that the new space is a huge improvement on the original location, with an unusual and luxurious sushi bar where patrons can watch their dishes form.
Yet another East Downtown restaurant will be opening its doors soon, and the name couldn't be easier to remember— EaDo's at 2024 Rusk. The place will have Texas barbecue, Tex-Mex and a full bar with fresh-squeezed juices. It's set to open in mid-summer, so keep an ear to the ground and an eye on their website for an opening announcement.
Sometime this month, food truck The Rolling Kitchen will hit the streets, offering Cajun classics created by chef Mike McElroy, a Houston local who has spent some time cooking in New Orleans. The concept is from the same group that brought you The Union Kitchen and Paul's Kitchen, and the new truck will feature some marketing elements familiar to the regulars of those establishments. McElroy is hoping that the truck will be found at Sassafras in Oak Forest at least a few nights per week.
The Pappas Bar-B-Q at 8560 Gulf Freeway in Monroe has reopened, according to its website. That makes 16 Houston-area locations, plus the location that nearly burned to the ground in September, which is still closed. If you're in the Monroe area, be sure to swing by for those loaded baked potatoes!
Biskit Junkie, a Southern chicken-and-biscuit sandwich eatery, is open for business at 2925 West T.C. Jester. One offering is a chicken biscuit with candied bacon and fried green tomato; the Yelp reviews warn that the food is quite rich, so make sure you're hungry when you go try it out!
Several sources, including J.C. Reid at the Houston Chronicle, are reporting that Corkscrew BBQ will be moving from a truck and patio in The Woodlands to a more permanent, brick-and-mortar location at 26608 Keith in Old Town Spring, which is set to open in September. Operations will end at the old location on August 1. The rustic new building has a wrap-around porch and a smoker with its own building in the back, which will be replaced with newer and bigger smokers soon.
Bryan at the Texas BBQ Treasure Hunt blog reports that BBQ Godfather is also making a move from The Woodlands, this time to Bernie's Backyard at 22318 I-45 North. The new location will be open for business on July 3, with the same well-loved barbecue and trailer as before.
Spring Water Cafe at 14520 Memorial has closed, according to its Facebook page. The eatery, known for its bagels, will reopen sometime soon, says the owner, but where and when are still up in the air. Keep tabs on that Facebook page for updates.
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That's it for the openings and closings in Houston this week! Find something we missed? Leave a comment or send us an email to let us know.
Here are all of the openings and closings for June:
Ahh, Coffee, 2018 Rusk
Barringer Bar & Lounge, 108 Main
Brooklyn Meatball Co., 1200 McKinney
Calabash Island Eats, 1515 Pease
Chocolate Wasted, 204 Telephone
Crescent City Beignets, 6383 Westheimer
Cureight, 24 Waterway
Frenchy's Fried Chicken, 11788 West Sam Houston Parkway
The Ginger Mule Tonics & Meals, 2228 Texas Drive
Karbach Brewing Co. Restaurant, 2032 Karbach
Lincoln Bar & Kitchen, 5110 Washington
Mein Restaurant, 9630 Clarewood
Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, 19824 Southwest Freeway and 20440 Highway 59
Olive Garden, 2929 Southwest Freeway
Pho Binh, 2916 White Oak
The Rice Box, 5 Greenway Plaza
Salata, 1600 Louetta
Simone on Sunset, 2418 Sunset
Songkran Thai Kitchen, 2248 Texas Drive
Sprinkles' Cupcake ATM, 4014 Westheimer
Tapester's Grill, 4520 Beechnut
Velvet Taco, 4819 Washington
Acacia Food Mart, 11821 Wilcrest
Beirut Fine Lebanese Cuisine, 4105 Washington (renovations)
Big Woodrow's, 3111 Chimney Rock (renovations)
Prince's Hamburgers, 3899 Southwest Freeway
Tapester's Grill, 4520 Beechnut
Texadelphia, 6025 Westheimer
What's Up Cupcake, 632 West 20th
Yum Yum Cha, 2435 Times