Restaurant News

Openings and Closings in Houston: Food in a Furniture Store and Goodbye, Big Woodrows

Favorite Cajun sports bar Big Woodrows, 3111 Chimney Rock, has gone from undergoing renovations to permanently closed. The website and Facebook say that, after agreeing to repair the building over the summer, the landlord refused to go forward with the repairs as promised, and Big Woodrows has been forced to close for the time being. It seems that the iconic eatery may be reincarnated in the future, but only time will tell.

Six years after losing its former lease, Mr. C's Irish Pub has found new life at 1570 South Dairy Ashford. Although the bar has been open for a few months, there's an official grand opening celebration planned for Friday, August 28 that includes a free buffet from Carrabba's and an all-day happy hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. While you're there, you can find television sports, darts, Golden Tee and a restored 1965 Super Sonic bowling machine.

Brick & Mortar Kitchen is up and running in the new Gallery Furniture at 7227 West Grand Parkway South. It's owned by Mattress Mac's daughter and son-in-law, and the theme is Southern fare with local ingredients. Be sure to check out the duck confit pizza, fried quail and popcorn milkshake! And yes, the restaurant has its own set of doors, so you don't need to traipse through the furniture store, but you want to anyway— there's a toucan in there!

Fast-casual pizza chain Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza has opened up a second Houston location at 9650 Westheimer, and the Yelp reviews look pretty stellar. The pizza joint is yet another of the many new Chipotle-style, build-your-own chains where employees make the pizzas in front of customers and then send them through a super-hot oven for three minutes. Made-to-order pizza has never been so blazing fast!

Another fast-casual brand, Burger 21, is expanding into Houston; the burger-and-shake joint hasn't announced any Houston locations yet, but it's opening stores in Frisco and McAllen later this year.

On September 2, Sprouts Farmers Market will open its new Pearland store at 2718 Old Chocolate Bayou. At 7 a.m., the doors will open, and the first 200 shoppers in line will get 20 percent off of their purchases. Also, every 15th shopper that day will get a Sprouts coupon book. There are more freebies in store for the weekend of September 5 and 6, so check out the Facebook page for more info.

In other grocery news, there's a new ALDI in Alvin at 2373 Bypass 35 South. The discount grocery keeps prices low through stocking a limited number of items and mostly its own brand— it's the popular Trader Joe's-style grocery format. ALDI is hoping to open 11 new Houston stores this year.

The Owl Bar, which we mentioned last week, is now officially open at 2221 West Alabama, although the Facebook page hasn't been updated with an opening notice. Yelpers were disappointed by the draft selection but found the indoor and outdoor seating areas plenty spacious. There are also large T.V.'s for showing sporting events— hello, Texans watch parties!

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Alexandra Doyle