One of Houston's go-to hangouts, Te House of Tea at 1927 Fairview, announced via Facebook that the restaurant is closing on December 24 because of concerns regarding the health of owner Connie Lacobie. They will continue to sell teas online, and they are also hoping to bottle their much-sought-after chai tea to sell in local stores. There's a patron appreciation party at noon on the last day, as well as a silent auction closing sale at 11 a.m. on December 26 for items like art, furniture and cooking equipment.
Harwood Grill, 2300 Westheimer, is closing on Saturday, December 12 after only about seven months in business. The steakhouse was no doubt a victim of the extensive construction immediately outside its doors on Westheimer, which is only just now drawing to a close. The space is being taken over by another restaurant group (more on that later), but the new owners haven't been disclosed yet.
The building that houses popular fine Indian restaurant Kiran's at 4100 Westheimer will be demolished in five months, but Chef Kiran has plans to relocate the restaurant. She says she's looking at a few different spaces, but no lease has been signed. Rumor has it that she's looking at the soon-to-be-vacated Harwood Grill space in River Oaks, but she wouldn't confirm or deny it just yet.
Owners Thomas Nguyen and Michael Tran of Peli Peli are planning to open a more casual version of the restaurant called Peli Peli Kitchen at 9090 Katy Freeway, says Alice Levitt of Houstonia. This Energy Corridor location will be open in April or May of next year and will offer a faster, more customized version of Peli Peli fare. The menu will include spicy chicken skewers, curried beef pies and baby prawns in a sandwich. We absolutely can't wait to see the Sauceology Bar, which will be filled with curries, chutneys and salsas to spice up your meal.
Greg Morago of the Houston Chronicle reports that The Brisket House will be opening a Champions location in March 2016. The former Fuddruckers is located at 3301 FM 1960 West, and it will be the third location in the barbecue franchise owned by Wayne Kammerl. This location will also offer beer and wine, which Kammerl hopes to begin selling at the Woodway location around the same time.
There's a new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema coming to Sugar Land next summer, says Nancy Sarnoff, also of the Chronicle. It will be part of Imperial Market, a two-story retail building on I-90 between Highway 6 and Highway 59, which will also house several other eateries, including Snap Kitchen and Macaron by Patisse's.
Oc N More opened recently at 10611 Bellaire in Chinatown, where you can find traditional Vietnamese fare. It's cash only so, if you go, don't forget your billfold.
Fast-casual eatery Mama Fu's Asian House has opened its second Houston location at 12341 FM 1960, where you can find fresh foods available for dine-in, take-out, delivery and catering. Mama Fu's has also announced a third location that will open in Cypress-Fairbanks in February, with more to follow in the next two years.
Smashburger's 19th Houston location will open on December 16 at 852 Highway 6 in Copperfield, and this one is the first location in Texas with a drive through (and only the second drive-through location in the country). If you go through the drive through from opening day until December 24, you'll be rewarded with a coupon for a free shake, and two guests every hour will get a pack of five free shake coupons.
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