Restaurant News

Openings and Closings in Houston: Plans for Killen's Burger, Spring Water Bagels Have a (Temporary) Home

Ronnie Killen of Killen's Barbecue at 3613 East Broadway and Killen's Steakhouse at 2804 South Main, each a mecca for carnivores across the state, has been discussing plans for a burger joint pretty publicly. Those ideas have come to fruition not in the form of a gas-station burger joint, as originally anticipated, but a shuffle, according to CultureMap's Eric Sandler: the steakhouse will be moving from its original home to a larger location at 6425 Broadway, also in Pearland, and Killen's Burger will move into its old home. The enlarged steakhouse is set to open in September, and it seems that the burger joint would open even sooner. Killen says that he does burgers even better than he does barbecue, so you may want to go stake out a place in line right now.

There's a new Southern-style spot in town: The Moonshiners Southern Table and Bar, at 1000 Prairie, will offer lunch, dinner and plenty of moonshine cocktails, with more traditional alcoholic options as well. It's from the same folks who brought you Beer Market Co. at 920 Studemont. The soft opening has already begun, but there's no word of a grand opening on their Facebook page.

There's a light at the end of the tunnel for lovers of the Spring Water Cafe at 14520 Memorial, which closed suddenly last week after only five months of operation. The generous folks at B&B Butchers, 1814 Washington, have given Bob Orzo a place at their deli counter to sell those beloved bagels. He's also searching for a storefront around Washington where he can open a large wholesale bagel business as well as a small deli counter. Read more about their announcement from Sandler.

Churrasca Brazilian Steakhouse has moved into the old The Fish & the Knife space at 7801 Westheimer; this is not to be confused with Churrasco's, although the name and concept are similar. It's unclear when the new meat emporium will open, but the restaurant is already hiring a full staff.

Isaiah Carey of Fox 26 posted on his private website that the Houston Krispy Kreme at 5603 Highway 6 is set to open on July 21, but its opening date has been pushed back before. If the photo he posted is current, it looks like the signless, scaffolding-encrusted doughnut factory still has a way to go before it opens its doors. 

Dallas-based Neapolitan pizza restaurant Cane Rosso has announced plans to open a location in Montrose at 4306 Yoakum in addition to its previously announced location at 1835 North Shepherd, according to Sandler.. The franchise's newest, eighth location will be in the bottom floor of a new office building, which sports plentiful patio space on both Yoakum and Richmond.

On July 15  22 (it was pushed back), Helen Greek Food and Wine at 2429 Rice will become one of the many food options in Rice Village, says Holly Beretto at Eater Houston. It's the brainchild of local sommelier Evan Turner, who spent some of his childhood in Greece. He tried to crowdfund the restaurant in March, but, when that failed, he found private funding, so the restaurant is going ahead with Chef William Wright in the kitchen. The restaurant features an all-Greek wine list and ever-changing menu, which, if well-executed, will certainly be a beacon to the Houston foodie crowd.

League City will have its very own Raising Cane's at 2320 East League City Parkway quite soon— Mike Smith at the Houston Chronicle says that the chain's 226th location is set to open on August 6. Get ready for some finger-lickin' good combos, and just in time for their football season specials.

Third Ward favorite Frenchy's has announced even more expansions, which will put the total number of Frenchy's locations at 33. Sandler says that the newcomers will be at West Belfort and the Beltway, The Woodlands or Spring, inside a Beaumont H-E-B and Beechnut at Clodine. The fried chicken empire will also branch out to other parts of Texas soon, including Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and College Station.

The Chicken Ranch at 6500 North Main has closed abruptly due to landlord-tenant disputes, according to the restaurant's Facebook page. Sandler says that owner Joshua Martinez is in talks with an industry veteran who might replace his current business partner, and Martinez is busily searching for a new location for the Ranch. Meanwhile, you can follow The Modular Unit, Martinez's food truck, to get your fried chicken on the go.

Cara Smith of the Houston Business Journal says that Athens-based Your Pie is bringing its first Houston location to the ground floor of the SkyHouse at 1625 Main. It's a casual-quick pizza parlor, and franchise owners Cindy Thomsen and Laurie Personette-Null hope to expand to one of the city's more walkable areas soon, like Montrose or the Museum District. The downtown location should open in October or November.

Finally, there's yet another Salata open at 2810 Business Center Drive in Pearland, but this one is different; it's the grand unveiling of a new concept for the restaurant, which means more sustainable building materials and a fresher appearance, plus tea taps— like beer taps, but for iced tea!. It's the 23rd Salata in Houston, but the first in the Pearland area.

That's all for this week's openings and closings! Know of something we missed? Leave us a comment or send us an email to let us know.
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Alexandra Doyle