Openings & Closings: Midtown Gets a New Bar & the Month in Openings & Closings

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As we enter February, The Woodlands residents prepare for the closing of Hubbell & Hudson Market and the Viking Cooking School. The cooking school classes will conclude on February 28 (all are sold out), followed by the market's closing on or before March 12, according to a press release from the market. In happier news, though, the kitchen, bistro and catering departments will remain open.

We're not sure what's going on at Brian O'Neill's at 5555 Morningside with the back-and-forth decision to close or remain open. However, the pub's Facebook page has announcements on it that were posted over the past few days stating that it will be closing after the Super Bowl game on Sunday, February 2. We will just have to wait until Monday to see if the pub actually closes this time.

The Kirby Group will open OTC Midtown this weekend, according to Eater. The new bar and restaurant is located at 2708 Bagby, and according to its owner, diners will be able to feast on Loaded Baked Potato pizza, adult root beer and Cap'n Crunch French Toast when OTC begins serving brunch.

The Washington Avenue Drinkery at 4115 Washington is being renovated into The Heights Lodge Gastropub and will open on February 7, according to CultureMap Houston. One of the owners, Jason Torres, tells Eric Sandler that he and his wife decided to open the establishment because they felt that that weren't many options for good food on Washington Avenue. The restaurant will serve classic American food and will have 25 beers on tap.

Max's Wine Dive now has a second Houston location, at 214 Fairview, which officially opened on Tuesday, January 28. Eater explains that the menu includes the same items as at the 4720 Washington Avenue location, but has a "Montrose-exclusive seasonal list" on the other side of the menu, featuring items such as Chicken & Sriracha Dumplings, Jerk Duck Confit Pies, and Osso Bucco & Frites.

Eater reports that the long-anticipated Kuu will open in February. Darla Guillen spoke with the owner, Adison Lee, who says the 947 Gessner restaurant is nearly 98 percent complete. Kuu will be a Japanese restaurant complete with omakase dining and small-plate dishes.

Preview Modern Seafood Cuisine, another highly anticipated restaurant, is expected to open in February as well, as reported by Eater; the new restaurant will be located at 4645 Highway 6. The restaurant's website seems to include a mission statement in the form of this description on the home page: "To reinvent, define, and develop a modern seafood scene in Sugar Land." Although the menu is still being finalized, you can "preview" some of the dishes to be served, including tuna ceviche with torched scallops and snapper chips, hamachi ravioli with apple, ginger and roasted tomato vinaigrette, as well as chicken fried tuna with coconut creme, toasted almond, apple, black truffle salt and dill. If well executed, these interesting and daring ingredient combinations will definitely reinvent the modern seafood scene in Sugar Land.

Fish & The Knife Sushi Bar and Lounge seems to be making progress toward opening. Eater reports that a tipster found this Facebook page that reveals photos of the restaurant's interior, as well as a post requesting staff interviews.

Head to the next page for the entire month of openings and closings...

January Openings:

Andes Cafe, 2311 Canal St., Ste. 104, 832-659-0063 Coltivare Pizza & Garden, 3320 White Oak Dr., 713-637-4095 Cook & Collins, 2416 Brazos, ste. C, 832-701-1973 Dish Society, 5740 San Felipe, Ste. 100, 832-534-0176 Houston Sports Hub, 15209 Westheimer Rd., 281-597-0241 Kirbside Bar, 2955 Kirby Dr., 713-520-1937 LA Crawfish, 3957 Richmond, 832-767-1533 LOLA Catering + Events, LLC, 2280 W Holcombe Blvd, 713-299-9384 Luigi's Ristorante Italiano, 3030 Audley St., 281-888-9037 Max's Wine Dive, 214 Fairview St., Ste. B, 713-528-9200 Pink's Pizza, 4701 Calhoun, Ste. 140, OTC Midtown

January Closings:

Bennigan's, 8401 Westheimer Chopping Block Gourmet Burgers, 5317 Washington Ave. Koya Asian Kitchen, 2111 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring Luigi's Ristorante Italiano, 2328 Strand, Galveston Mo Mong, 1201 Westheimer Philippe, 1800 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 6110 The End Zone Sports Bar & Grill, 15209 Westheimer Rd.

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