Openings & Closings: January 2011

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As the first month of the new year ended, restaurant openings picked up and Houston saw a busy week for new places.

At long last, Philippe (1800 Post Oak Boulevard, 713-439-1000) has finally opened its doors. And lest you think the food is out of your price range, check out the bargain-priced lounge menu that includes delicious-sounding items like spicy duck confit tamales for $9 and caramelized sage cheesecake for $8. Full menus can be found online, but note that lunch service doesn't kick off until Tuesday, February 8.

Downtown, the owners of Les Givral's Kahve have finally opened a similarly anticipated restaurant on Market Square: Convey (801 Congress 713-225-1408), which features a sushi conveyor belt similar to Sushi Choo Choo in Humble (and the countless other conveyor belt sushi restaurants around the U.S.). Will ERA -- the other restaurant rumored to be coming soon on this stretch of Congress -- be the next to open its doors?

Two new coffee shops have taken up residence in Montrose, although they couldn't be more different from one another. Bungalow (1219 Marconi, 713-524-2591) is a coffee shop/boutique located in a 1914 cottage off West Clay and features locally roasted coffee in addition to gifts and clothing. If you want to pull up a seat and stay a while, owners Katie and Denise Skorka even offer the use of iPads in addition to free wi-fi.

Black Hole Cafe (4504 Graustark, 713-528-0653), meanwhile, offers a more artsy vibe that's in keeping with its Poison Girl and Antidote kinship. It has longer hours, too, opening at 6:30 a.m. and staying open until midnight and offering beer and wine in addition to lattes and coffee.

Revival Market will have some glorious competition -- and the more local markets, the better -- with Relish when it opens this spring. Owner Addie D'Agostino promises a vast selection of local, artisanal products for sale as well as ready-made goodies like party trays and picnic platters.

Finally, StartupHouston has the scoop on a new cafe/bar/coworking space that will be opening soon downtown. If there's anywhere that could use a concept like that, it's downtown. Looking forward to hearing more about this one for sure.

On the next page, a list of openings and closings from the entire month of January.


Best Seafood & Steak House (16824 Stuebner Airline, Spring, 281-257-9929) Bibas Diner (607 West Gray, 713-529-5880) Bistro 829 (22764 Westheimer Parkway, Katy, 281-646-0829) Cajun Corner Cafe (13655 Bissonnet, 281-498-9200) Carl's Jr. (8491 Highway 6 North) Crust Pizza Company (4775 W Panther Creek, The Woodlands, 281-298-8844) Hank's Crawfish (11660 Westheimer, 281-496-9788) Heights Asian Cafe (2201 Yale, 713-880-9998) Judge Roy Bean's Coffee Saloon (5316 Broadway, Galveston, 409-539-5197) La Casa de Frida - previously Rico's Luchadores (4002 Main, 713-880-1564) Fratelli's Ristorante (1130 Wirt) The Love Shack (16602 Cypress Rosehill, 281-256-1575) Ninfa's on Navigation - new patio bar (2704 Navigation, 713-228-1175) Oishii - reopened after yearly break (3764 Richmond, 713-621-8628) Pink's Pizza (3404 North Shepherd, 713-861-7465) Rib Tickler (8930 Highway 249, Tomball) Saucyritos (Memorial City Mall food court, 713-677-0815) Tony Mandola's - temporary location (2810 Westheimer, 713-528-3474)


Bull Dog Burritos (3335 College Park, The Woodlands) Cava Bistro (300 Main) Cielo Mexican Bistro (300 Main) Figaro's Pizza (17135 Westheimer) Meson 1910 Mexican Cuisine (15202 Mason Road, Cypress) Pappa La Rosa Flying Pizza (16227 Lexington Boulevard, Sugar Land) Pappas Seafood House (6894 Southwest Freeway) Patsy's on Six (2209 Highway 6) Polk Street Pub (1201 San Jacinto) Rockfish Seafood Grill (1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, Woodlands) Sabores de Mexico (13726 Highway 249) Simposio (8401 Westheimer) Tilted Kilt Pub (2000 Highway 6 South)

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