Restaurant News

Openings & Closings In Houston: Fluff Bake Bar Opens Soon

It has been a long, tough slog since Rebecca Masson’s Kickstarter in December 2013 was successfully funded. More funding had to be secured, a lease had to be negotiated and construction and permitting always take longer than anyone ever expects. Fluff Bake Bar is finally almost here, though. A press release says it’s opening on Thursday, May 28 at 314 Gray.

During the day, expect a lineup of Masson’s “greatest hits,” including Veruca Salt cake (in both single-serving and full sizes), Fluffernutters and Hobnobs, as well as brand-new baked offerings.  In the evenings, diners will find a four-course tasting menu that incorporates three desserts and a mignardise. There are cheese and charcuterie options for those more in a savory mood. 

This is the most bizarre closing story of the year so far. Eleven:Eleven planned for Saturday, May 16 to be its last day of service. Eric Sandler of Culturemap Houston broke the news and quoted chef Kevin Bryant as saying the owner of the building at 607 West Gray planned to sell it.

We tracked down the owner of the building to see if a restaurant was replacing Eleven:Eleven. It turned out to be Noonky Inc., an investment company owned by the Bibas family. Patriarch Haritos Bibas is well-known for his prior restaurant in the same spot, Bibas’ One’s-A-Meal. Both Bibas and his son Stephanos deny having any plans to sell the building and said they were never informed that Eleven:Eleven was closing. Haritos Bibas implemented a landlord lockout of his tenant just hours after our call. A reader says she encountered Bibas while he was doing the lockout and putting a sign on the door and says he told her he’s reopening One’s-A-Meal.

The Westin at 1520 Texas in downtown Houston has finished renovating its in-hotel restaurant, Ballpark Cafe. The dining area has been redone in a neutral color scheme with an tree theme throughout. A large pair of sepia toned photos of oak trees adorn the buffet and there are real wood accents throughout the space. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Several restaurants expanded their hours and offerings this week. Newly-opened Crisp at 2520 Research Forest in The Woodlands now offers brunch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Urban Eats at 3414 Washington is rolling out its own brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. PESKA Seafood Culture at 1700 Post Oak in BLVD Place has started offering lunch daily starting at 11 a.m.

Carolyn Alburger for Eater Houston noticed photos on Facebook of the beautiful interior of Montrose bar La Grange at 2517 Ralph. It isn’t quite open yet, but it sure looks like the grand opening is right around the corner. The owners are a group of individuals who are also involved in Liberty Station, Cottonwood and Flying Saucer. The bar manager is Linda Salinas, whose long résumé includes Anvil Bar & Refuge, The Pastry War and Liberty Station.

That's it for this week's Openings & Closings. What did we miss? Leave a comment below or send a tip to [email protected] See you next week! 
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Phaedra Cook
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