Restaurant News

Openings and Closings in Houston: Houston Restaurants Affected by Flooding Begin Recovery

The recent floodwaters affected several businesses, including Corkscrew BBQ at 26608 Keith, which has been without power all week; the restaurant expects to reopen on Friday, April 22. Lucky's Pub at 2520 Houston in The Heights took on quite a bit of water and will probably be closed for a while to make repairs. Also, many food trucks, such as Custom Confections, have reported extensive damage to their vehicles, so you may see fewer food trucks on the streets for a bit. We encourage you to call ahead to your favorite eateries before visiting to ensure that they are not closed because of water damage or power outages. (Also, many restaurants are holding flood-relief events, so keep an eye out for those, too.)

It's finally here! Biskit Junkie, 403 Westheimer in the former Mango's, is ready to supply you with all the biscuits you could ever desire. The menu includes open-face biscuits with huevos rancheros or shrimp, sausage and grits, as well as closed biscuit sandwiches like the Presley, which is loaded with peanut butter, tempura chicken, bacon, tempura-fried green tomato and strawberry preserves. Who could come up with a concept like this? The same people who brought you Jus' Mac, of course! Be aware that the restaurant doesn't accept cash, so make sure you've got a card in tow.

Midtown Barbecue, the collaboration between chef Eric Aldis and pitmaster Brett Jackson, is now open at 2708 Bagby. While the brisket and links will be smokin', be on the lookout for more unusual specials from the creative chef, too. Like many barbecue joints, Midtown will be open daily until the meat runs out.

Mikoto Ramen, 12155 Katy Freeway, is also open. According to its website, the restaurant slow-brews its broth for up to 12 hours, and the executive chef was trained in the art of top-notch ramen-making in Japan. The eatery also offers sushi, sashimi and a variety of Japanese fare.

Cypress has a new brunch eatery; the aptly named Breakfast Brunch Cafe (or BBC for short) is ready to serve up brunch dishes like peaches and cream, crème brûlée-battered French toast, and steak and eggs. You'll find it at 12904 Fry near the Blackhorse Golf Club.

Alice Levitt of Houstonia says that Kwality Ice Cream is now open at 5636 Hillcroft; she says she anxiously awaited the newest location of the New Jersey-based ice cream chain, which specializes in Indian flavors.

Snap Kitchen now has a kiosk inside the Whole Foods at 1925 Hughes Landing in The Woodlands where you'll find many of Snap Kitchen's favorite offerings, including meals, snacks, desserts and cold-pressed juices.

There's a new Kolache Factory at 1500 Research Forest in The Woodlands that's ready to help brighten up your early-morning commute (or lazy Sunday mornings). 

Kuma Burgers, 3 Greenway Plaza, is now open, and the lone Yelp reviews couldn't get enough of it. The style is à la Which Wich, where you order by checking off toppings on a piece of paper. Burgers are about $7 each, and the gourmet toppings include kimchi relish, charred jalapeños, fried eggs and sambal mayo.

The restaurant formerly known as Mission Burrito and now known as Überrito has a new location, at 7705 Westheimer.

A few notable restaurants have expanded their hours: MAX's Wine Dive, 214 Fairview, now offers lunch Tuesday through Friday, and The Tasting Room, 1660 West Lake Houston Parkway in Kingwood, has begun serving lunch on Friday and Saturday.

Pluckers Wing Bar announced a second location coming this fall, to 10407 Katy Freeway in Memorial, which is just in time to let you enjoy football on its big-screen TVs.

We have an update to last week's report on the new Goode Co. concept coming soon to 8865 Six Pines in The Woodlands; it turns out that it will actually be two separate but side-by-side concepts, one of which is the classic Goode Co. Barbecue, while the other is the Goode Co. Kitchen + Cantina, a Mexican food restaurant.

The rumor mill has been whispering of a Ramen Tatsu Ya location coming to Houston, and it looks like that is finally coming to pass; Ramen Tatsu Ya III, owned by Tatsu Aikawa, submitted an application for building permits for the former Zenobia's spot at 1722 California in Montrose, so there might be yet another top-notch ramen eatery in Houston very soon.

Also, AGU Ramen has confirmed plans to open a Houston shop by the summer, as well as long-term plans for locations in Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. It's unclear if Hisashi Uehara, owner of the Hawaii-based restaurant group, has already picked a location for the Houston outpost, but he was in town for the recent Japan Festival, so it's possible that he was also scoping out the best place for a new ramen shop, too.

That's it for this week's opening and closing report! If we missed something, leave us a comment or send us an email about it.
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Alexandra Doyle