Well, this was surprising. A press release from Roland Laurenzo that came out on Wednesday, February 18 says that there's a delay in the construction of the new apartments that were replacing El Tiempo 1308 Cantina. The release reads (and yes, it's really in all caps): "1308 WILL BE STAYING OPEN UNTIL END OF THIS YEAR, MORE OR LESS." Furthermore, the plans to open in April at the the old La Casa Del Caballo space at 322 Westheimer continue apace.
That means the Laurenzos are about to pull off a hat trick of concurrently running two Mexican restaurants that are within a mile of each other for most of this year--and one of them is quite large.
Montrose, we need to know: how much Mexican food can you eat? Can you commit to two combination plates a month? A week? El Tiempo is depending on you. Finally, if you are interested in a restaurant job, they're hiring. Visit their office at 1314 Montrose.
As reported earlier this week, Gatlin's BBQ has been forced to move out of the spot it's been in for the past five years at 1221 W. 19th. The landlord chose to not grant an extension when the lease ended earlier this month.
It's earlier than is ideal, because while Greg Gatlin has two bigger spaces in the works, neither is ready yet. Starting in April, Gatlin and his staff will be working out of a food truck as a stop-gap measure.
Gatlin spoke with us by phone and was nothing but a gentleman about the situation.
He says he does not know why the landlord declined to let his restaurant renew month-to-month until the new place is ready. "It's an inconvenience, but everyone has their own timetables," he said. "People's lives go in different directions for a reason. We're moving on to bigger and better things. You've got to live in the moment. You can't control everything all the time." In the interim, Gaitlin is getting back to his roots with catering, and planning to serve his customers from the new food truck he just purchased. "I'm looking forward to not having to worry about running a restaurant every day and being able to just hang out with my customers for awhile!" It will be a short-lived respite, as the venture with Bill Floyd and Bryan Caswell at 209 Jackson is set to open on March 8. The new 4,500 square foot Gatlin's BBQ at 3510 Ella will open between May and June--hopefully no later than June 1.
We showed you a sneak preview of the new, big and fancy H-E-B at 5895 San Felipe in Tanglewood earlier this week. As of Wednesday, both the grocery store and in-store restaurant Table 57 are now open for you to enjoy, eat and marvel at.
Speaking of Tanglewood, Greg Morago at the Houston Chronicle says that Benjy Levit of Local Foods is planning to open another location next to Dish Society at 5740 San Felipe. It's slated to open in October.
If you're in The Heights and have been wishing for an Indian restaurant, plans are underway to make your wish come true. Eater Houston reports that one will open at 126 Heights in the space that used to be Mozelle's Cajun Seafood Market.
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Let it never be said that there's not enough going on in Houston. Just in the past week, six new restaurant openings have been listed on Yelp, plus there's a new Trader Joe's supermarket at 2717 Commercial Center in Katy.
The new restaurants are:
- Kung Fu Tea, 3224 Yoakum Blvd
- Sweetwater Seafood, 16525 Lexington Boulevard, Sugar Land
- Spring Water Café, 14520 Memorial
- Roux 38 Lounge, 3811 Ennis
- Shogun Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar, 7417 W Grand Pkwy S., Richmond
- Harajuku Japanese Grill, 12925 FM 1960 W.
That's it for Openings & Closings this week. What did we miss? Send your info to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave it in the comments below.