Restaurant News

Openings and Closings in Houston: State Fare Suddenly Arrives, Sparrow Flies Away

Lee Ellis of Cherry Pie Hospitality (and Lee's Fried Chicken & Donuts) has taken over and rebranded Pour Society, 947 Gessner, into State Fare, a Southern food concept with offerings like oysters, pork chops, mac 'n' cheese specials and more, plus cocktails designed by Laurie Harvey and desserts from Petite Sweets.

The new concept from the folks at Hungry's Cafe and Bistro in Rice Village is now open at 22762 Westheimer Parkway in Katy; Local Table has healthy, homestyle offerings like meatloaf, gyros and glazed salmon, plus several varieties of pizza.

As Eric Sandler reported for CultureMap, Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, 3701 Travis, has mysteriously and suddenly closed; an almost-diner who showed up to the restaurant with reservations on April 21 shared a photo of a sign in the window that said, "Sparrow is closed temporarily 4ever maybe." To be continued.

The Perry's Steakhouse & Grille at 9730 Cypresswood in Champions has reopened; it was closed temporarily due to the recent flood.

The Four Seasons' Lobby Lounge, 1300 Lamar, is closing due renovations to the first floor of the hotel; on Saturday, May 7, there will be an '80s style party in the lounge at 8 p.m. to send off the old lounge. Until the new lounge opens on the third floor, lounge service will be provided upstairs at Vinoteca, the Four Seasons' wine bar.

Pizza Pi food truck announced this week that it would be closing the food truck on Saturday, May 7, and opening a brick-and-mortar location at 181 Heights sometime this summer, in conjunction with Cherry Pie Hospitality. The menu at the new location will be a seasonal rotation of founder Anthony Calleo's specialty pizzas, plus appetizers, salads, sandwiches and more.

A reader tip tells us that favorite eatery Pho & Crab will soon open a second location in the former La Finca Mexican Restaurant at 11660 Westheimer.

Craig Hlavaty of the Houston Chronicle reports that The Fresh Market will close all of its Texas locations, including four Houston-area locations, on May 18.

The latest Studio Movie Grill is now open at 8440 South Sam Houston Parkway with food and drinks to deliver to you as you watch the latest blockbusters, plus dining and lounge options outside of the theaters, too.

1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza will open on Thursday, May 12 at 18032 Saturn in Nassau Bay. The nationwide chain specializes in build-your-own pizzas made fast with fresh ingredients.

There's another Victor's on the Green now open at 7900 North Sam Houston Parkway West by Heron Lakes Golf Course.

Fast and healthy chain Pita Pit has announced that it is aiming to open 14 additional Houston locations in the coming months; first up, a Deer Park location at 8015 Spencer Highway later this month.

Here are a few additional openings: Mint Thai Kitchen, 17513 Tomball Parkway, Argentina Gelato, 1100 South Wilcrest, and Royalty Tea, 9889 Bellaire.

That's it for this week's restaurant openings and closings in Houston! Did we miss something? Leave us a comment or send us an email about it.

Now, it's time for our round-up of all the openings, closings and other changes from April.


51fifteen, 5175 Westheimer in Saks Fifth Avenue
7-1-3-Juice-Bar, 14520 Memorial
Angels' Churros N Chocolate, 7168 Barker Cypress
Anonymous Artisan Bites & Coffee Bar, 9920 Highway 90-A in Sugar Land
Bellissimo Ristorante, 1848 Airline
Biskit Junkie, 403 Westheimer
Bop Bowl, food truck
Breakfast Brunch Cafe, 12904 Fry
The Brisket House, 3301 Cypress Creek
Bruster's Real Ice Cream, 14131 Mueschke
The Cajun House, 6015 Hillcroft
Conservatory, 1010 Prairie
Edgar's Hermano, 1700 Smith
Enoteca Rossa Ristorante Italiano, 4566 Bissonnet
Express Rolls, 4848 Beechnut
Fajitas A Go Go, 5404 Kirby
Filipino Cuisine, 10950 Bissonnet
Grand Imperial Chinese Restaurant, 27131 Cinco Ranch
Hamburgers by Gourmet, 1360 NASA 1 Parkway
Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, 19333 David Memorial in Shenandoah
Kabab Kings, food truck
Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen, 5172 Buffalo Speedway
Kirby Ice House, 3333 Eastside
Kolache Bar, 15115 Westheimer
Kolache Factory, 1500 Research Forest
Kuma Burgers, 3 Greenway Plaza
Kwality Ice Cream, 5636 Hillcroft
La Negre Tiene Tumbao, food truck
Maison Crêpes, 4803 Main
Midtown Barbcue, 2708 Bagby
Mikoto Ramen, 12155 Katy Freeway
Moe's Southwest Grill, 7072 F.M. 1960 and 14060 F.M. 2920
Murdoch's Backyard Pub, 18541 Mueschke
Mystic Dessert Bar, 13837 Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land
NAM: Noodles And More, 132 West Bay Area
Papa Amadeus, 25602 I-45 North in Spring
Pepperoni's, 2975 Kingsley
Pho Viet Mai, 18918 F.M. 529
Restless Palate, 2643 Commercial Center in Katy
Saloon Door Brewing, 105A Magellan Circle in Webster
Singapore Cafe, 3149 Highway 6 in Sugar Land
Snap Kitcen (kiosk), inside of Whole Foods, 1925 Hughes Landing
Stoked Tacos & Tequila, 2416 Brazos
Strings Noodle, 9889 Bellaire
Stuttgarden Tavern, 10000 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway
Teahouse Tapioca & Tea, 16801 El Camino Real
Tiff's Treats, 1629 Research Forest
Truluck's Seafood, Steak & Crab House, 1900 Hughes Landing
Überrito, 7705 Westheimer
Up & Down, 4105 Washington
Yoyo's Hot Dog, 2306 Brazos

Anju, 510 Gray
Calamari's Bar, 5111 Washington
Cleburne Cafeteria, 3606 Bissonnet (closed due to fire, but will be rebuilt)
Cullen's American Grill & Whisk(e)y Bar, 11500 Space Center
Hong Kong Chef, 5112 Bissonnet
Kiran's, 4100 Westheimer (soon to relocate to 2525 Richmond)
Three20Three, 12810 Telge

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