Openings and Closings in Houston: Eight Row Flint Ready With a Lesson in Whiskey

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Chef Kris Jakob has left his namesake restaurant at the Culinary Institute LeNôtre, Kris Bistro, in order to strike out on his own with partner Sky Lyn Gibbons. They have already begun work on their new concept, Brasserie 1895, a restaurant that will focus on dishes cooked in a wood-burning oven or on a wood-burning grill. The new restaurant will be located in Friendswood near Baybrook Mall and is set to open in March. Read our entire article about Jakob's latest adventure.

We knew that Phoenix-based Steak 44 was planning to open a Houston location, but we didn't know that the new restaurant, to be located in the River Oaks District, would be called Steak 48 instead. The steak- and seafood house will feature traditional menu items from the brand as well as some dishes unique to the Texas market. The restaurant anticipates a late spring opening.

Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale, has been in its soft opening for a few weeks, but the bar is now fully open and ready to give you a lesson in whiskey. You'll find a food truck permanently parked just outside to sling you tacos and other Tex-Mex favorites– with a twist, of course. The menu includes brussels sprouts tacos with radishes, charred onions and queso fresco, as well as Berkshire pork tacos with tamarind, charred scallions, cabbage and lime.

Hot Toppings Pizza is now open at 7705 Westheimer, where you can find build-your-own pizzas and salads, as well as local craft beers and a wide variety of hot sauces with which to compliment your food. Although many fast casual pizza eateries have opened up lately, this one stands out because it's locally owned and hopes to become a hometown favorite through fresh ingredients and quality service.

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