Openings & Closings in Houston: More Tacodeli, More JINYA and More Peli Peli

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Midtown Barbecue, 2708 Bagby, is now open; the restaurant is a joint effort from former Corner Table chef Eric Aldis and pitmaster Brett Jackson, who will get their raw materials from Black Hill Meats.

The new bar at Harold's Restaurant, Bar & Terrace, dubbed Harold's Tap Room, is also ready for business. The first-floor bar serves house-infused cocktails, eight beers and eight wines on tap, as well as light bites from a new bar menu that includes sweet and spicy wings and country ham with cultured butter and biscuits.

Revelry on Richmond, 1613 Richmond, is now serving lunch on weekdays, starting at 11 a.m. The fare includes a variety of hearty sandwiches, tacos and salads.

Houston wing chain Big City Wings has a new location open at 10903 Jones near FM 1960. This is the third location of the wing joint, and a fourth one will open in August in Pearland.

Henderson Heights, a pub-and-grub eatery that quickly took over the Big Eyed Fish location at 908 Henderson, is already in the midst of its soft opening. However, there's no word yet on a grand-opening date.

Crawfish truck Cajun Outlaws, which is often found at West Alabama Ice House, has opened a brick-and-mortar location at 11650 Jones where you'll find the eatery's popular boiled crawfish available by the pound. The new establishment is also BYOB.

Just a few weeks after it reopened, Vega's Mexican Restaurant at 1242 Center in Deer Park burned down; the restaurant is a total loss, and there's no word yet on whether or not the ownership will try to reopen once more. The building itself was a local historical landmark; it operated as a general store in the 1950s, then a meat market, then housed a few restaurants before its demise. Be sure to check out the Go Fund Me page to read more about the fire and its consequences.

Additionally, Facón Brazilian Steakhouse, 126 Vintage Park, has been reported closed; diners left comments on the restaurant's Facebook page saying that the doors were locked when they arrived for dinner service, including one girl who said she had reservations for her prom and wasn't notified that the restaurant had closed. Oops.

The Cheese Bar, 9945 Barker Cypress in Cypress, is now open and not only serving fresh, locally sourced cheeses from favorite dairies like Houston Dairymaids and Blue Heron Farm but also cooking up recipes that put those cheeses to work, such as caprese grilled cheese sandwiches with house-pulled mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, arugula and pesto aioli. Additionally, Cypress-ites can now cool off at Chillers Frozen Yogurt, 7955 Barker Cypress, or grab their favorite Greek dish at Opa Greek Tavern, 13203 Jones.

Gourmet kolache joint Koala Kolache is open at 17414 FM 529, as is Magic Cup, a bubble tea, smoothie and coffee cafe at 11724 Bellaire in Alief, and the third Houston location of Pita Pit, 8015 Spencer Highway in Deer Park. 

Continuing the trend of tiki bar openings in the Houston area, Volcano Room is now open at 4650 Nasa Parkway in Seabrook, and it's complete with plenty of tiki-style decor, of course.

A halal pizza shop is now open at First Colony; Pizza 101 is ready to fulfill your pizza cravings while meeting your halal needs at 15215 Southwest Freeway. Other openings include Sam's Southern Eatery, 8999 Richmond, which specializes in fried seafood, as well as Lal Qila, an Indo-Pak restaurant at 10581 South Highway 6 that also offers a buffet.

Polish restaurant Pierogi Queen will open on Wednesday, May 25, at 2047 West Main in League City.

Popular South African restaurant Peli Peli dropped us a line this week to announce a new location coming soon to the former Kenzo Sushi Bistro location at 23501 Cinco Ranch in La Centerra. Peli Peli has just signed a lease, so it will probably be a few months before the Katy location opens.

Austin's beloved Tacodeli is officially coming to Houston; the fast-casual taqueria will be located at 1902 Washington and open for breakfast and lunch only. Rumor has it that another Houston taqueria, Velvet Taco, is already scoping out sites for an additional location.

Jim Wang, proprietor of Houston's JINYA Ramen Bar locations, confirmed this week that three more locations of the popular ramen joint are in the works for Sugar Land, Katy and Champions Village.

Finally, George Bush Intercontinental Airport announced that there are a slew of improvements coming to terminals B, C and E, including top-notch restaurants and bars from some of Houston's favorite chefs, such as a taqueria from Roland Laurenzo of El Tiempo, a panini bar from Monica Pope, formerly of Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, and a tavern that Chris Shepherd of Underbelly is helping to create. Check out our full article on the new eateries for more details.

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

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