Openings & Closings: Midtown Gets A Food Truck Park

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In not-so-shocking news, another Washington Avenue bar bites the dust. The Houston Chronicle reports that Blue Moose Lodge at 5306 Washington shut its doors on Thursday, March 20. The sports bar posted the closing announcement on Facebook; Blue Moose Lodge had been in business for three-and-a-half years.

But in good news, guess what, Houston? We're getting another food truck park, and it's in Midtown! Midtown Mobile Cuisine will hold its grand opening on Friday, April 4, after a soft opening on Thursday, April 3. The new food truck park is located at 4002 Almeda, and as reported by CultureMap's Eric Sandler, it will have on-site electrical power, unlike other food truck parks such as My Food Park HTX and Houston Food Park. What does this mean? It means you get to stuff your face with your favorite food truck offerings late at night and get to listen to live music, rather than those annoying diesel generators. Pretty sweet, right?

Another Midtown eatery is on its way to opening. Gyu-Kaku at 510 West Gray will open on Monday, March 31, according to Eater. Customers will be able to cook their own seafood and meat on charcoal grills built into each seating area at the Japanese barbecue restaurant.

Punk's Simple Southern Food finally opened on Monday, March 24. Grant Cooper, Charles Clark and chef Brandi Key run this new Clark Cooper Concept. Now there are two Clark Cooper Concept restaurants in Rice Village; Punk's opened next door to Coppa Osteria. Eater Houston reports that Punk's will have a Southern vibe and atmosphere, from the decorations to the menu to the waitstaff. The restaurant will also have a walk-up to-go window, similar to the one at Coppa Osteria, but Punk's will serve items like fried chicken and biscuits instead of Italian offerings like pizza.

You might have noticed the signage of the old CHA Champagne & Wine Bar has been replaced with a sign for an Irish Pub. Eater reports that the 810 Waugh location has been transformed into Pimlico Irish Pub, where you can enjoy a pint of Guinness with your friends while listening to traditional Irish music from live bands throughout the week.

Just in time for the warm weather, Texas Blizzard Shave Ice has announced that its new food truck will hit the roads on April 1. The snow cone and shave ice food truck will be open at 2706 White Oak from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. on opening day. According to a press release, Texas Blizzard decided to add another truck because of high demands last season. And with a new truck comes a new menu. This truck will offer blizzard bowls, which are bowls with layers of shave ice and fresh fruit, then a topping of ice cream, as well as milkshakes and soft-serve ice cream. If you want to know where the truck will be throughout the week, check out its website at www.texasblizzard.com.

Head to the next page for a complete list of March's openings and closings. March Openings: Bonefish Grill, 1555 Lake Woodlands Dr., The Woodlands, 281-394-5099 Boulevard Coffee, 1030 Heights Blvd., 713-869-0700 Brazilian Grain Coffee, 8000 Research Forest Dr., Ste. 255, The Woodlands, 281-651-2459 Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin Robbins, 3061 N. Fry Rd., Katy, 281-578-3047 El Gallo Rojo, 917 Franklin, 713-433-4011 El Sazon de Cuba, 16618 Clay Rd., Ste. 125, 832-427-5047 Hello Taco, 25114 Grogan's Mill Rd., Ste A, The Woodlands, 832-819-4639 Houston Panini & Provisions, 1727 W 34th St., 713-681-4500 Gyu-Kaku, 510 West Gray, 713-750-9520 Local Foods, 2555 Kirby, 713-255-440 Maxwell Street Grill, 4902 Almeda Rd., 713-239-0154 Michael's Cookie Jar, 711 Louisiana St., 713-955-6254 Neil's Bahr, 2006 Walker, 281-352-7456 Pico's Mex Mex, 3601 Kirby, 832-831-9940 Pimlico Irish Pub, 810 Waugh, 832-517-4572 Punk's Simple Southern Food, 5212 Morningside, 713-524-7865 Ragin Cajun, 2626 Research Forest Dr., The Woodlands, 281-298-2121 Salata, 1780 Nasa Parkway281-532-6988 Texas Blizzard Shave Ice Truck, 2706 White Oak, 713-568-7991 Three Brothers Bakery, 4606 Washington Ave., 713-522-2253 Tiff's Treats, 10455 Briar Forest Dr., 713-360-5100 Way Good Food Truck, 1919 W. Alabama St.

March Closings: Blue Moose Lodge, 5306 Washington Daily Review Cafe, 3412 W. Lamar Hubbell and Hudson Market, 24 Waterway Ave. Papa Joe's BBQ, 12310 Kingsride The Fresh Market, 3645 Westheimer Rd.

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