Restaurant News

Openings and Closings in Houston: Three Houston Classics Close

This week, perennial favorite Mark's American Cuisine, 1658 Westheimer, announced that it will be suspending service on May 29. However, all currently scheduled obligations will still be honored, and the restaurant will still operate for private events, as well as catering services, after May 29.

Southern eatery Big Eyed Fish, 908 Henderson, is closed and will soon be replaced by Henderson Heights, which appears to be a more casual, patio-oriented hang out spot, according to the sign on the door of the restaurant

Additionally, Syd Kearney of the Houston Chronicle reports that the original Christian's Tailgate, at 7430 Washington, known for its seriously good burgers, will be closing its doors for good at the end of the day on May 24. However, the other four locations are under different management and will remain open.

In better news, long-awaited Morningstar is now open at 4721 North Main. The cafe is a joint venture between David Buehrer of Blacksmith and Greenway Coffee & Tea and Sam Phan, a doughnut guru whose doughnut shops include Donald's Donuts. So, of course, Morningstar has – you guessed it – some of the best coffee and gourmet (read: unusual) doughnuts in Houston under the same roof, plus some heartier traditional breakfast dishes.

On Monday, May 16, the second Houston-area location of Another Broken Egg Cafe will open, at 510 Smith Ranch in Pearland. This eatery specializes in brunch, and its hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, so be sure to visit early and take advantage of the late-morning offerings, not to mention the craft cocktail menu, which includes Bloody Marys made with house-infused bell pepper vodka.

Katy-area teenager Sophia Jorski's summer hobby is baking cakes – as in, seriously baking incredible gourmet cakes and cupcakes at her own small business, The Summertime Cakery. On Saturday, May 14, she opens her bakery for the fourth summer, so if you're thinking of getting some baked goods for a special occasion, check out her website for more details.

Part & Parcel
in The Whitehall, 1700 Smith, is now open Tuesday through Saturday, and it boasts an expansive patio, complete with craft beer and cocktails. There's a food program, too, which was created by chef Sylvia Covarrubias of Edgar's Hermano right next door. It includes street tacos and other light bites, such as a variety of quesos flameados and pulpo chicharrons.

The restaurant and bar at 1800 Post Oak formerly known as Cafe Annie recently became RDG + Bar Annie, but management has decided to revert back to the old name, probably because the new one never seemed to stick.

Eric Sandler of CultureMap says that Bosta Wine & Coffee, 1801 Binz, is closed until May 23 to retrain the staff and install a full kitchen. After the remodel, the restaurant will become Bosta Kitchen and gradually begin to offer a fuller menu than the current offerings.

Sandler also reports that Luv Me Tenders has leased a location at 4400 Yale in the same building as the Shell station. Owner Jason Hill intends to open the brick-and-mortar in June, but the truck will be frequently parked there between now and the opening to help introduce the fare to the neighborhood.

The upstairs bar at Raven Tower, 310 North, is temporarily closed for the installation of additional railings and other small remodeling efforts; the patio and downstairs areas are both still business as usual.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar in the River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer, has set its opening date for May 30, at which time you'll be able to find burgers made with farm-fresh beef and newly baked buns, as well as craft beer and cocktails, at the first Houston location of this Austin-based chain.

A reader tip tells us that eT Craft Burgers and Beer at 19841 Northwest Freeway in Cypress is closed, and its social media pages are gone without a trace.

The Denny's at 7720 Louetta in Spring has completed its remodel and is open once more, with plenty of Grand Slams to go around.

That's it for this week's restaurant openings and closings! Do you know of something we missed? Leave us a comment or send us an email to tell us about it.
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Alexandra Doyle