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Openings & Closings in Houston: City Acre Arrives and Rumors of Kubo's Return

Good things come to those who wait, and, in this case, we've been waiting for about four years. It's finally time to see the grand debut of City Acre Brewing, 3418 Topping, which was originally set to open in October 2012. The slow-down was caused by (apparently excessive) red tape, but the beer garden and brewery pushed through and will victoriously open to the public on Thursday, July 7.

Chef Mike McElroy of The Durham House, 1200 Durham, is moving to Washington very soon, so owner Raj Natarajan Jr. decided to let The Durham House go with him. The restaurant closed for good this past weekend. Check out our rundown on the closure for more details.

The Corkscrew Wine Bar, 1308 West 20th, announced its immediate closure this week because of issues with the extension of its lease. However, in the send-off Facebook post, the bar's management said that they hope to reopen close to the original location as soon as possible.

Charles Bishop and Lyle Bento of Southern Goods have announced plans to open a more casual restaurant called 60 Pioneers at 911 West 11th in the Heights. It should open in August or September, just about a year after Southern Goods' opening. The new space will have a large patio where dogs will be welcome, as well as an extensive bar and plenty of parking. Check out Greg Morago's article in the Houston Chronicle for more details.

While there's no official second location yet, The Original Ninfa's On Navigation has begun looking for one somewhere in the suburbs. The company has scouted in The Woodlands, Katy, the Energy Corridor, Cypress and maybe Willowbrook; here's to hoping the second location is somewhere near you. Visit our feature article on the subject to learn more.

Tout Suite's second location, a fancy kiosk within Memorial City Mall, is now open at 303 Memorial City Mall. The offerings are mostly drinks and pastries, but there are a few sandwiches and other cafe-type dishes as well.

Popular sushi eatery Kubo's, formerly at 2414 University in Rice Village, closed in March, but a Facebook comment (possibly from the owner) said that it isn't truly closed at all, but simply moving to a new location on Washington Avenue. We don't have any details yet, so stay tuned, Kubo's fans.

If you've been to Tookie's Burgers, 1202 Bayport, then you probably love Tookie's Burgers. (Hello, wine-marinated patties!) The Seabrook eatery expanded last week with a seafood joint called – you guessed it – Tookie's Seafood, which is just down the street at 1106 Bayport. Look at Darla Guillen's report in the Houston Chronicle for more info.

Bar Bleu, a lounge and hangout spot at 2506 Robinhood in Rice Village, is now open; the grand opening party is Friday, July 1 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., and guests are encouraged to wear blue and enjoy the complimentary champagne to celebrate the occasion.

The 26th Houston-area location of ALDI opens on Thursday, July 7 at 8650 Barker Cypress. The grocery is celebrating with giveaways, including free reusable tote bags, product samples and a grand prize of free produce for a year.

Adriatic Cafe Italian Grill, 17402 Northwest Freeway, is arguably the most beloved Italian eatery in Jersey Village – so beloved that it's already expanding after just a few years in business. The cafe announced a second location coming soon near the intersection of Highway 249 and Northpointe. It's being constructed from scratch, but they hope to have it up and running in December.

Swamplot's Christine Gerbode In The Know Houston web site noticed that Hughes Hangar, the recently closed bar at 2811 Washington, appears to be transforming into an event venue called Hughes Manor. It's not exactly clear what the new concept is, so we'll keep you posted.

She also In The Know Houston saw that Cloud 10 Creamery has appeared on plans for the new Heights Mercantile development on 7th Street.

Build-your-own pizza joint Blaze Pizza announced another location coming later this summer, to 1507 West Bay in Webster.

A few Houston hot spots have extended their hours: Revelry on Richmond, 1613 Richmond, is now open for lunch on weekdays, and KUU Restaurant at 947 Gessner, now serves lunch on Sundays, which features a four-course, prix fixe menu as well as the regular dinner menu.

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

Now, it's time for a look at all the restaurant openings and closings in June.


ALDI, 6751 Bissonnet
BB's Cafe, 9719 West Broadway in Pearland
Brookstreet Bar-B-Que, 2600 Montrose
Cane Rosso, 1835 North Shepherd
The Centurion Lounge, George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Daily Juice, 811 Louisiana
Desi Express, 5838 New Territory in Sugar Land
Fix Coffeebar, 415 Westheimer
Hello Tealicious, 969 East Nasa Parkway
Jaxton's Bistro, 9955 Barker Cypress
Juan Parrilla, 6134 Richmond
Killen's Burgers, 2804 South Main in Pearland
La Argentina Gelato, 3750 South Mason
Liberty Kitchen, 3715 Alba
Local Foods, 5740 San Felipe
Mama Fu's Asian House, 28818 Cinco Ranch
Mayuri Express, 21145 Tomball Parkway
Namson Noodles, 2111 Fanin
Niko Niko's, 1040 West Sam Houston Parkway North
Peter Chang China Grill, 1315 West Grand Parkway South
Piada Italian Street Food, 10420 Louetta
Pho & Crab, 11660 Westheimer
Popfancy Pops, 303 Memorial City Way
Ritual, 602 Studewood
Simply Viet, 10830 West Bellfort
Steak 48, 4444 Westheimer
Sub-Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt, 15810 Southwest Freeway
Taerna, 4444 Westheimer
TEAholic, 10613 Bellaire
Tularosa Southwestern Grill, 1522 Kingwood

Georges Bistro, 219 Westheimer (under new management)
Sushi Hana Japanese Kitchen, 1638 South Mason

Alma Latina, 2203 North Shepherd (plans to reopen after fire damage is repaired)
Kitchen 713, 4515 Canal (plans to relocate)
Zelko Bistro, 514 East 11th

Whole Foods Market, 11145 Westheimer to 11041 Westheimer
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