Restaurant News

Openings and Closings in Houston: Good News for Good Dog

While we were very sad to see Brick & Spoon at 1312 West Alabama close its doors in August, we're not complaining about the new tenant in its space. Good Dog Houston, a gourmet hot dog food truck turned brick-and-mortar, will open its second stationary location in the Midtown building next March. Don't forget to swing by for a Guac-A-Dog if you're spending the day at The Menil Collection just down the street.

Biskit Junkie's Oak Forest location at 2925 West T.C. Jester is now closed after just a few months in business. Originally, it seemed that the restaurant would maintain its original location while also expanding to its new location at 403 Westheimer in the former Mango's space, but management announced via Facebook that the "Oak Forest location served its purpose well as a test sight [sic] and test kitchen," but business will all be moved to the new Montrose location.

Austin-based juice bar JuiceLand announced this week that their first Houston location will be opening in January at 3206 White Oak. The juice bar, which also serves vegan grab-and-go meals, will share a space with Black Swan Yoga. JuiceLand has locations across the country, including one in Brooklyn, New York, and has earned many accolades for its fresh, high-quality juices.

Newk's Eatery opened its third Houston location last week at 9448 Katy Freeway in Bunker Hill, and there's another location on Eldridge Parkway which is aiming for a January opening. Newk's has a lengthy menu that includes salads, pizzas, toasted sandwiches and fresh soups, and the brand is hoping to grow to 10 fast-casual restaurants in East Texas by 2019.

The Houston Chronicle's Greg Morago reports that Moe's Southwest Grill has opened another Houston location at 15718 Texas 288 in Pearland. The fast-casual burrito eatery hails from Atlanta and has franchises across the country where you can find tacos and burritos filled with traditional Tex-Mex fixin's.

Andrea Waguespack, also of the Chronicle, says that Axelrad Beer Garden at 1517 Alabama has begun its soft opening, with a grand opening coming in January. Axelrad focuses on local craft beers, and you can find out what they're slinging on TapHunter, since the taps will change often. However, their Facebook page recently reported that they are closed until further notice due to plumbing issues, so keep an eye on that for updates.
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Alexandra Doyle