Restaurant News

Openings & Closings in Houston: Hans Bier House Leaves, Love Buzz Arrives

Creamistry ice cream parlor is part of the eruption of create-your-own food concepts; the eatery lets you choose the ingredients in your frozen treat, then uses liquid nitrogen to flash-freeze the dessert for you. The first Houston location is now open at 5000 Westheimer.

The InstantNewsWestU website reported on July 11 that Edloe St. Cafe, 6119 Edloe in West University, has closed. Founded in 1977, it was one of the oldest restaurants in the area and beloved for its Southwestern-style fare. Owner and chef E.I. Thomas was quoted in the article as saying, "In the end, it just wasn’t returning enough from the money and hours we were pouring into it."

According to its Facebook page, restaurant-club hybrid Tarakaan, 2301 Main, is "permanently closed." The concept lasted only about ten months and never seemed to find solid ground. It initially opened with chef Micah Rideout's pan-Asian menu. In February, owner Piran Esfahani announced Tarakaan was suspending food service indefinitely. (Rideout took the position of chef de cuisine at KUU afterward.) Oddly enough, on March 29, Esfahani announced the reintroduction of food service and a new menu under chef Rob Frias. Esfahani has so far not responded to our request for a statement on the closing. It does seem likely, though, that Tarakaan didn't find the loyal customers it needed to stay open.  

Chef Kris Jakob, formerly of Kris Bistro, has a new home at recently opened French-American concept Brasserie 1895, 607 South Friendswood, where you'll find wood-fired pizzas, freshly caught seafood, hand-made pastas and a variety of specials based on which seasonal ingredients are on hand. Joining Jakob in the kitchen are chef Christian Echterbille and pastry chef David Berg. The official opening is July 16.

In The Know Houston reports that the up-to-now unnamed ramen shop going into the new center at 1902 Washington (next door to B&B Butchers) will be Goen Ramen. The restaurant name was identified on site plans on developer Lovett Commercial's website. Other businesses slated for the same retail center include a new location of Austin-based restaurant Tacodeli and Australian brewpub Platypus Brewing. 

Popular bar Hans Bier Haus closes for good at the end of the day on Friday, July 15, although the owners are celebrating 21 years of business with potlucks at the beer house from 3 p.m. to midnight on Saturday and Sunday.

Love Buzz, a new lowbrow bar from the same folks who brought you Moon Tower Inn and Voodoo Queen, is open at 408 Westheimer and ready to sling you some Moon Tower Sudworks and a big slice of specialty pizza from its resident sub-concept, Nice Slice. You could always have your cake and eat it, too, by trying the bar's Bloody Mary, which is served with a celery stalk and a skewered slice of pizza. 

CultureMap's Eric Sandler reports that Rabih Salibi, owner of French bakery and cafe Flo Paris, has announced a second location, which will open early this fall at 5407 Morningside, the former Rice Village location of Mercantile coffee bar. Additionally, both locations will add beer and wine service, as well as an expanded, heartier menu created by chef Philippe Schmit.

A reader tip told us that the former 59 Diner at 17695 Tomball Parkway near Willowbrook Mall will soon be transformed into a Dimassi's Mediterranean Buffet, a family-owned, Texas-based restaurant that serves up fresh, traditional Mediterranean food.

Signs have gone up for a new concept called Beer Nation at 11681 Westheimer in Westchase. We have no idea what exactly it will be (whether a retail store, a bar or something in between), but "Houston Streetwise" found that it's probably a new concept, since the company was registered with the state in April.

Kroger, 1035 North Shepherd in The Heights, recently got a Cork & Tap, the in-store beer and wine bar that many Krogers have begun to boast. According to Greg Morago at the Houston Chronicle, Cork & Tap has 12 beers and 16 wines on tap, and shoppers are limited to two glasses per visit.

Swamplot spotted a new breakfast-to-go joint under construction in the downtown tunnels beneath 919 Milam called Nosh, which apparently offers classics like yogurt, toast and coffee, as well as popsicles and smoothies for your afternoon blues. It's unclear when it will open.

That's it for this week's look at Houston restaurant openings and closings! Did we miss something? Leave us a comment or send us an email to let us know.
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Alexandra Doyle