Restaurant News

Openings & Closings: Juice & Crepes Come to Washington Avenue

The State Bar & Lounge inside the Rice Hotel closed last week, but Swamplot reports a new tenant will be taking over the space soon, Lawless Kitchen and Spirits. This new bar will offer cocktails alongside a "chef-driven" menu; it will also be designed to reflect the history of the Rice Hotel, which used to be the Capitol of the Republic of Texas.

In February of this year, Downing Street Pub decided to eliminate the cigar smoking privilege it gave to its customers. CultureMap reports this week that the bar appears to be closed. One employee of a nearby business told CultureMap that the bar "was locked up all day Wednesday." We called Downing Street Pub for a statement on the operation status, but at this time the bar has no comment on the rumored closure.

Swamplot notes that the four bars comprising Live! at Bayou Place have closed: PBR Houston, Lucie's Liquors, Shark Bar and Chapel Spirits.

Food trucks are popping up everywhere as of late. Beer Money Food Truck doesn't serve beer, but it serves things you will want with a nice cold one, such as the Beer Money Burger with bacon, daily beer cheese, pickles, caramelized onions, tomato, beer mustard and lettuce, or a side of Trailer Tots, bacon-stuffed tater tots covered in daily beer cheese. Thank goodness the truck likes to set up shop outside Boneyard Drinkery.

Copper Chefs, another food truck, celebrated its opening day at My Food Park HTX on Monday, June 2. The Copper Chefs began as a catering business, and recently expanded by launching a food truck. Customers can delight in chef-prepared dishes, such as vanilla bean panna cotta, wild mushroom risotto, pork ribs with habanero sauce and banana Nutella crepes.

Speaking of crepes, the newest CoCo's Crepes & Coffee location opened in the previous space of Hollister Grill at 5555 Washington, Suite V. Now Washington-Heights residents have a new place to go for coffee, cinnamon roll crepes and gelato.

And speaking of Washington Avenue, Juicy in the Sky opened on Wednesday, June 4, at 4720 Washington, Suite B-1, next door to Max's Wine Dive. Both Max's Wine Dive locations are neighbors to juice/smoothie shops now. Juicy in the Sky moved from its Heights location at 238 W. 19th, which was actually taken over by Juice Girl, so no change in cuisine.

The Springbok officially opened at 711 Main on Thursday, June 12, after a week of preview parties featuring snacks and drinks. The Springbok is a South African gastropub/sports bar that will be a hotspot for rugby fans to watch their teams on the big screen TVs. The opening is also perfect timing for soccer fans to grab a beer, South African grub and watch World Cup games.

Eater Houston reports that Bosta, a coffee shop and wine bar in the Museum District, opened softly on Thursday, June 12. The new concept at 1801 Binz, Ste. 130, features coffee from Michelle Dinh of Greenway Coffee, as well as pastries and desserts from Chris Leung of Cloud 10 Creamery. Chef Justin Basye is consulting on the food menu which includes buttermilk biscuits, chocolate chocolate chip muffins, breakfast paninis, and cinnamon raisin bread with brie and caramelized apples. Along with traditional espresso beverages and teas, Bosta will serve cheese and charcuterie boards, and snacks to pair with wine, such as marinated olives, pate de Campagne with apricot mostarda, and chicken liver mousse with red onion jam.

The next Whole Foods Market will open at 10133 Louetta on Wednesday, June 25. To kick off the grand opening, the Champions area store will break some bread, and serve coffee and pastries beginning at 7:30 a.m. before the official opening at 8 a.m.

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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