Openings and Closings: November 2009

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Although a very high profile restaurant shut its doors this month -- the longtime Montrose institution La Strada -- we've seen far more openings lately than closings. Below is your roundup of new and defunct restaurants from November 2009.


  • La Strada, 322 Westheimer
  • Bangkok Room, 914 Main
  • 713 Restaurant and Lounge, 10001 Westheimer
  • Mama Ninfa's, 9401 Katy Freeway
  • Memorial Grill, 14510 Memorial
  • Tio Pepe, 5213 Cedar
  • Garnaxas Tapas Bar, 5213 Cedar
  • Kilgore's Pub & Grille, 211 FM 1960
  • Panchero's Mexican Grill, 17756 Katy Freeway
  • Tacone Flavor Grill, 2228 Texas Drive, Sugar Land
  • Panchero's Mexican Grill, 4603 Garth Road, Baytown
  • Peppers Steak & Seafood, 220 Gulf Freeway, League City


  • Branch Water Tavern, 510 Shepherd
  • Stella Sola, 1001 Studewood
  • Zoe's Kitchen, 5779 San Felipe
  • Byrd's Market & Cafe, 420 Main
  • Canopy, 3939 Montrose
  • Bistro Alex, 800 W. Sam Houston Parkway
  • Cafe Rose, 800 W. Sam Houston Parkway
  • Yao Restaurant, 1201 Fannin
  • Mia Bella, 1201 San Jacinto
  • Andalucia Tapas & Taverna, 1201 San Jacinto
  • The Rockwood Room, 5709 Woodway
  • Sushi Raku, 3201 Louisiana
  • Hot Pot City, 8300 W. Sam Houston Parkway
  • Saffron Kabob House, 5711 Hillcroft
  • Wolfie's, 22522 Highway 249
  • 1905 Pizza Bar, 2228 Texas Drive, Sugar Land
  • La Magia Cafe & Pizza, 3699 Highway 6, Sugar Land
  • Merche, 21208 Northwest Freeway, Cypress
  • Alicia's Mexican Grill, 26326 Highway 290, Cypress
  • Strata Restaurant & Bar, 122 Vintage Park Boulevard, Cypress
  • Johnny D's Cafe, 301 W. Parkwood, Friendswood

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