Restaurant News

Openings & Closings: Little Bigs Is Getting a Little Bigger

It looks like Little Bigs is moving to a new location and it's going to be a much bigger space than the current spot at 2703 Montrose. The Houston Chronicle reports that Little Bigs's last day at its original location will be October 26; the owners expect to open at 4621 Montrose (the previous spot of The Chelsea Grill) on October 31. Little Bigs will expand from just 20 seats inside the restaurant to 80 inside the new place, plus 50 seats in a private dining area and another 80 seats on the patio. And you can expect to see new items on the menu at the larger restaurant, plus a full liquor license.

Teotihuacan Mexican Cafe in Lindale Park is also moving. The restaurant will be reopening at a new location just a few blocks south to 3707 Irvington Boulevard (the old spot of Kuko's Taqueria). The opening date has yet to be announced, but a Swamplot photo reveals that a temporary sign is currently hanging outside the store stating, "Teotihucana Mexican Cafe Coming Soon."

The newest Churrascos restaurant (fifth location in Houston) opened on September 30 in the Champions area at 7877 Willow Chase. This 5,100-square foot restaurant will seat approximately 200 guests inside and 50 outside on the covered patio.

The Howard Hughes Corp. announced plans to open Robard's Steak House on October 27. The Houston Business Journal reports that the 130-seat restaurant will reside across the street from The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center (2301 North Millbend Drive), specifically on the 18th hole of the Panther Trail Golf Course, for those who frequently golf in The Woodlands.

Niko Niko's is expanding again. After recently opening a market cafe inside the Pearland H-E-B, the Greek restaurant announced this week on Facebook that it has plans to open yet another restaurant, this time in the Energy Corridor. This fourth Niko Niko's will be 6,000 square feet and is expected to be open by spring 2015.

Swamplot reports that San Antonio-based chain Los Roberto's Taco Shop will open a fourth location in Houston at 3200 S. Fry Road in Katy, the previous spot of Chicken Express. Los Roberto's will be open 24-7 and offers a selection of tacos and burritos filled with everything from carne asada, carnitas, and fish, as well as tortas with chorizo and chicken.

Bistro Menil, 1513 West Alabama, opened to the public on Wednesday, October 1. Plans for the European bistro within The Menil Collection were announced last year and the public was even called upon to name the cafe. While the name, Bistro Menil, is a bit underwhelming and not as creative as we had all hoped, the menu seems to be filled with intriguing dishes, such as the duck rilletes (similar to pate) served with onion jam, cornichons (French gherkins) and mustard; the soft-ripened Italian cheese, arugula and pear pizza; as well as cocoa nib and black peppercorn beef filet with roasted beech mushrooms. The restaurant, according to a press release, "is housed in an Arts and Crafts style bungalow on the Menil Collection campus, in the location originally slated 25 years ago for a cafe by campus architect Renzo Piano."

We mentioned a couple months ago that The Dosa Factory changed its name to DGN Factory. The Indian crepe restaurant opened its second location on Friday, September 26, in Missouri City at 6324 Highway 6.

Christian's Tailgate Grill & Bar is opening its fourth Houston area location in about five to six weeks. The newest location will be at 1010 Highway 6 North in the Energy Corridor. Christian's Tailgate will replace the now closed 20-year-old restaurant, Cattleguard Restaurant & Bar. Customers will be able to choose from more than 35 beers on tap; there will also be more than 50 TV screens to watch sporting events.

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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Molly Dunn
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