Openings & Closings: It's the Year of the Bakery

Hubbell & Hudson Market's official last day is Wednesday, March 12, but according to CultureMap's Eric Sandler, from the looks of the market it could close much sooner. Whether it is on or before March 12, Hubbell & Hudson Market is closing. The Kitchen and Bistro are not going anywhere, though. In fact, Sandler writes that the Bistro will use part of the market's space to add private dining rooms and a chef's table for chef Austin Simmons.

Being the "year of the bakeries," it's no surprise that this week's openings and closings report has news about three bakeries.

First up is the third location for Three Brothers Bakery. Rather than a new bar opening up on Washington Avenue -- which seems to be the trend lately -- Three Brothers now has three bakeries after the opening of its third location on Monday, March 3. Just like the other two bakeries (Memorial City and Braeswood), this location will dole out its staple custom-order cakes and wedding cakes. According to a press release, the new location has a coffee program and an area for customers to make personalized cake parfaits (layers of icings and/or fillings, cookie crumbles and/or cakes). Bring your pup to the bakery, order them a gourmet dog treat, and get something sweet for yourself, then sit outside on the dog-friendly patio.

Next up is Tout Suite, the soon-to-be sister bakery of SWEET in CityCentre. Eater Houston reports that Tout Suite at 2001 Commerce will open near the end of March or the beginning of April. Along with a selection of baked goods like chocolate chip cookies and morning pastries, Tout Suite will offer soups, salads and sandwiches. The bakery and cafe will serve a selection of coffees from Greenway Coffee and will use Slow Dough Bread Co.'s bread for sandwiches.

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The rumors about Pondicheri adding an upstairs bakery are true. CultureMap reports that chef and owner Anita Jaisinghani will open a bakery on the second floor of her restaurant, Pondicheri, this summer. Soon, Jaisinghani will have more space to make pistachio cardamom cookies, brioche, and her blueberry, pistachio and lemon scones. She tells CultureMap that her work space for baking was limited to "a cramped small table with two ovens behind it."

Tiff's Treats will open another Houston location this Saturday, March 8. The Westchase location, at 10455 Briar Forest Drive, Suite 130, will hold a grand opening celebration from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The first ten people in line before the grand opening will receive a $100 gift card, the next ten will receive a $50 gift card, the next ten will receive a $25 gift card and the next ten people will receive a $10 gift card. During the event, the bakery will sell a dozen cookies (one flavor) for $4 (cash only) as a benefit for The University of Texas MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital. All of the proceeds from cookie sales -- up to $5,000 -- will go directly to the hospital. Tiff's Treats will sell only chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and Snickerdoodle cookies, but no matter what time you stop by to pick some up, they will be just-out-of-the-oven warm. Bring unwrapped new toys or art items for Tiff's Treats to donate to MD Anderson on your behalf; you'll receive a $5 gift card with your donation. There will also be a raffle: Someone will win free cookies for an entire year.

The original Pico's Mex Mex will hold a 30th-anniversary celebration on Saturday, March 8, which will also be the restaurant's last day at the Bellaire location. During the celebration, the restaurant will announce its transition to its new location on Kirby. But, the Bellaire location will not be closed for good, just for daily restaurant service. In a comment on Pico's Mex Mex's Facebook page, the restaurant notes that the location will be used for banquets, catering and Fajita Delivery, a concept from Pico's chef and owner Arnaldo Richards.

Sylvia Casares will open her third restaurant, Sylvia's, in May of this year. She's dropping the "Enchilada Kitchen" portion from the restaurant's name and hopes that customers will order her other items as well, such as her carne asada, quail, and her mesquite wood-fire grilled fajitas.

Torchy's Tacos will open a fourth location in Houston this summer, as reported by CultureMap's Elizabeth Rhodes. The new location is expected to open at the LaCenterra shopping center off of Highway 99 in Katy.

Did we miss any openings or closings? Let us know in the comments section and we will be sure to include them in next week's report.

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