He may be Houston's unluckiest chef when it comes to keeping a restaurant open, but it looks like sushi master Chris "Magic Fingers" Kinjo of MF Sushi, will ultimately find stable ground. Alison Cook at the Houston Chronicle reports that he has signed a lease on his own sleek, modern restaurant in the Museum District at 1401 Binz. It will be located in the mixed-use Museum Point Professional Building.
MF Sushi has been a weird, wild ride. It opened to acclaim in the Galleria area in December 2012. Just 10 months later, it was damaged after a fire and shut down. This past spring, MF Sushi finally reopened and critics and sushi fans alike rejoiced, only to be crushed again when it closed this past October for "reorganization." MF Sushi is open again, but this time it's without Kinjo in the kitchen.
The Museum District is hot for restaurant openings right now. Davis Street at Hermann Park (5925 Almeda Road) had its grand opening on December 3. It's a rather full-service kind of place, with cocktails, wine, Sunday brunch and a happy hour menu. It's not open for weekday lunch, though. The dinner menu is full of American standards like a 14-ounce pork chop, maple-glazed duck and crispy red snapper.
This is just a temporary closing: Giacomo's Cibo e Vino (3215 Westheimer) is taking off for the holidays. The restaurant is on hiatus from December 22 through January 1.
There's now a date set for the second Gino's East Chicago-style deep dish pizza place: Thursday, January 29. It will be located near Willowbrook Mall at 17116 Tomball Parkway. The first Houston-area location opened last week in The Woodlands.
Eater Houston reports that Spanky's Pizza has reopened in its new spot at 4659 Telephone. The original was destroyed by a fire. They're still having a bit of bad luck, but hopefully it was just temporary. Right after they reopened, they had to limit orders to takeout only and close early due to low water pressure issues that affected part of east Houston. They happily reported on December 17 that the issues were resolved.
A shout-out goes to commenter MadMac, who let us know that Pappas Bar-B-Q at 8560 Gulf Freeway is temporarily closed for renovations. Thanks for the tip!
There is a second Houston Food Park location and--oh, happy day!--it's in downtown at 1311 Leeland. That's right: a food truck park close to where thousands of people actually work and can easily walk to it. That's all thanks to City of Houston finally getting rid of the regulations that banned food trucks from downtown. Eater Houston reports that a delivery service will be implemented in January and there's a third food truck park planned for West Houston. For fans of the original Houston Food Park, don't worry: the the one in EaDo isn't going anywhere.
A second Shrimp N Stuff is now open in Galveston. It's located in the historic Washington Hotel Building at 2228 Mechanic. The original opened in 1976 at 3901 Avenue O. All the shrimp is peeled, deveined and breaded in house. They make their own sauces and homemade gumbo, too.
Eater Houston noted the grand opening of the first Houston-area location of the Pie 5 Pizza chain. The company specializes in getting personal-size pizzas ready in a mere five minutes. It's located in Spring at 21460 Kuykendahl.
That's it for this round of Openings & Closings! Have a tip? Leave a comment below or email us. Have a great holiday and we'll see you next week!
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