Openings and Closings: October 2009

If restaurant openings are an economic indicator, the last month would seem to signify that things are picking back up -- at least in Houston. Things we've learned from this month's openings and closings include: don't put a "z" in your name if you're trying to be taken seriously as a wine bar; Town & Country's new CityCentre development is the place to be; restaurants will never be deterred from opening in the accursed location at 2303 Richmond; and yes, things are still reopening in Galveston after the devastation of Hurricane Ike.


  • III Forks, 1201 Fannin (in the Houston Pavilions)
  • Hearsay, 218 Travis
  • Ruby Tequila's, 2616 Louisiana
  • Straits, 800 W. Sam Houston Parkway
  • Eddie V's, 12848 Queensbury (check out our Sarah Rufka's first look)
  • The Chelsea Grill, 4621 Montrose
  • Yelapa Playa Mexicana, 2303 Richmond
  • Loving Hut, 2825 S. Kirkwood
  • Georgia's Farm to Market, 12171 Katy Freeway (taking over from Sandy's Market)
  • Azzarelli's, 17754 Katy Freeway
  • Da Vinci Ristorante Italiano, 6455 S. Fry Road
  • Bullrito's, 12719 FM 1960
  • Grimaldi's, 20 Waterway Avenue, The Woodlands
  • La Trattoria Tuscano, 4223 Research Forest
  • The Egg & I, 557 W. Bay Area Boulevard, Webster
  • Clary's Seafood, 8509 Teichman, Galveston (now reopened after Hurricane Ike)


  • Yatra Brasserie, 706 Main
  • Andros Deli & Mediterranean Cafe, 3828 Fondren
  • South Philly Steaks, 3602 Scott
  • Little Island Grill, 6383 Westheimer
  • A Taste of New Orleans, 3719 N. Fry Road
  • Java Pi Cafe, 2271 Northpark Drive
  • Camille's Sidewalk Cafe, 7316 Louetta, Spring
  • 55 Degreez Wine Bar, 7316 Louetta, Spring
  • Debby's Steak House, 13080 Highway 105, Conroe
  • Valentino's Seafood, 1503 W. Bay Area Boulevard, Webster

Opening Soon

  • Stella Sola (in the former Bedford location at Studewood and 10th)
  • Pie In The Sky (the Heights location will be at 632 W. 19th)
  • Phillipe's (in the space originally built for the new America's on Post Oak)
  • 99 Ranch (in the old Fiesta location along I-10 at Campbell)

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