Restaurant News

Openings & Closings in Houston: Killen's Burgers and Étoile's Expansion [UPDATED]

This week, Étoile Cuisine et Bar announced a sister restaurant called Brasserie du Parc, which will open this fall at Discovery Green's One Park Place, 1400 McKinney. In addition to the sit-down restaurant and a square bar and lounge, Brasserie du Parc will also house a crêperie complete with a walk-up window for parkgoers who want a quick bite to eat.

In other excellent news, Killen's Burgers finally soft-opened this week at 2804 South Main in Pearland. However, don't make the drive to Pearland without checking social media first, as the restaurant still needs some tweaking and isn't consistently open quite yet. Updated 6/3/2016, 2:14 p.m.: Killen's Burgers will open for regular business hours on Monday, June 6.

Georges Bistro, 219 Westheimer, closed at the end of March when the owners decided to return to France. However, someone else has taken over and re-opened the restaurant; in addition to serving French fare, the new menu also boasts Greek and Italian dishes.

A reader tip and this enthusiastic Craigslist employment ad tell us that there's a Katy outpost of Peter Chang China Grill now open at 1315 West Grand Parkway South. "So what, another Chinese restaurant?" you might think. Well, this one's the brainchild of one Peter Chang, a James Beard Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic finalist, so it's assuredly not your average neighborhood Chinese joint.  Updated, 6/4/2016, 6:19 a.m.: Culturemap Houston researched the connection of this restaurant with James Beard-nominated chef, Peter Chang. Due to what's described as a complicated business arrangement, the upshot is that Chang is not directly involved and the owner claims it is too late to change the name. 

Houston favorite BB's Cafe has opened its Pearland location at 9719 West Broadway, where you'll find the po'boys and seafood that inner loopers have come to adore in The Heights. Furthermore, you never know– you just might find Beyoncé there.

ALDI now has an additional Houston location at 6751 Bissonnet where you can find plenty of ALDI-brand foods that are free of MSG, synthetic dyes and other less-than-healthy additives, plus a full selection of wines, all for a lower price than most grocery stores.

Swamplot's Christine Gerbode says that the Whole Foods Market at 11145 Westheimer has moved across the street to the former Randalls location at 11041 Westheimer. Like some of the other new Whole Foods stores, this one has Whole Foods' house-made beers available on tap or for purchase in growlers, and it also sports an expanded body care shop.

Jaxton's Bistro, a casual Italian- and French-style eatery, is now open at The Boardwalk at Towne Lake, 9955 Barker Cypress in Cypress. Owner Jason Howard is the former maître d' at Tony's, so his specialty is not only great food but top-tier service.

There's a new gourmet popsicle stand in Memorial City Mall at 303 Memorial City Way; Popfancy Pops features unusual flavors such as cucumber elderflower, wild berry cheesecake, creamy avocado and Arnold Palmer.

The Tejas Chocolate Craftory, 200 North Elm in Tomball, is now open on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with coffee, chocolate and barbecue.

Canadian casual fusion eatery Moxie's Grill & Bar is definitely coming to Houston and taking over the former Canyon Cafe spot at 5000 Westheimer. Last year, owner Tom Gaglardi (who also owns the Dallas Stars) told the Dallas Business Journal he was planning a Texas expansion, and it's certainly in the works. The anticipated opening of the Houston Moxie's is next summer.

Also coming soon is Riel, a shareable plates restaurant with a seasonal, local menu from Ryan Lachaine, former sous chef at Reef and Underbelly. The eatery will be in the former House of Te spot at 1927 Fairview; read Alison Cook's full report from the Houston Chronicle for more details.

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Now, here's out look at the restaurant openings, closings and more from the month of May.


1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, 18032 Saturn in Nassau Bay
Another Broken Egg Cafe, 510 Smith Ranch in Pearland
Argentina Gelato, 1100 South Wilcrest
Big City Wings, 10903 Jones
Bonchon, 24437 Katy Freeway in Katy
Cajun Outlaws, 11650 Jones
The Cheese Bar, 9945 Barker Cypress
Harold's Tap Room, 350 West 19th
Henderson Heights, 908 Henderson
Hopdoddy Burger Bar, 4444 Westheimer
Jerry Built Homegrown Burgers, 10403 Katy Freeway
Koala Kolache, 17414 FM 529
Lal Qila, 10581 South Highway 6
Local Table, 22762 Westheimer Parkway in Katy
Magic Cup, 11724 Bellaire in Alief
Midtown Barbecue, 2708 Bagby
Mint Thai Kitchen, 17513 Tomball Parkway
Morningstar, 4721 North Main
Part & Parcel, 1700 Smith
Pierogi Queen, 2047 West Main in League City
Pita Pit, 8015 Spencer Highway in Deer Park
Pizza 101, 15215 Southwest Freeway
Royalty Tea, 9889 Bellaire
Sam's Southern Eatery, 8999 Richmond
Studio Movie Grill, 8440 South Sam Houston Parkway
The Summertime Cakery
Victor's on the Green, 7900 North Sam Houston Parkway West
Volcano Room 4650 Nasa Parkway
Wholly Crepe, 413 West Main in Tomball


Big Eyed Fish, 908 Henderson
Christian's Tailgate, 7430 Washington
eT Craft Burgers and Beer, 19841 Northwest Freeway in Cypress
Facón Brazilian Steakhouse, 126 Vintage Park
The Fresh Market, all locations
Landhaus Nikodemus, 413 West Main in Tomball
Mark's American Cuisine, 1658 Westheimer (still open for private events)
Pizza Pi, food truck (becoming a brick-and-mortar)
Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, 3701 Travis
Trevisio Restaurant, 6550 Bertner
Triple A Restaurant, 2526 Airline
Vega's Mexican Restaurant, 1242 Center in Deer Park


Daddyo's Pizza, 5009 Antoine (closed after robbery)
Denny's, 7720 Louetta in Spring (remodeled)
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, 9730 Cypresswood (remodeled)

Other changes

Bosta Wine & Coffee, 1801 Binz, remodeled and became Bosta Kitchen
Pour Society, 947 Gessner, was sold and became State Fare
RDG + Bar Annie, 1800 Post Oak, reverted to its original name, Cafe Annie
Revelry on Richmond, 1613 Richmond, added weekday lunch service
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