Restaurant News

Openings & Closings: Sad Farewells & Exciting Expansions

Let's just get to the sad news, first. Feast is closing today. The wonderful and beloved restaurant, however, is having a yard sale to get rid of, well, everything. Head on over on Saturday, June 15 at 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.-ish and Monday, June 17 from 10 a.m. until dusk to snag something from the restaurant -- including the pig signs.

The Chick-Fil-A on Webster is also closing today. Swamplot reports that franchise operator, Charles Gibson, left a note on the restaurant's window stating that "TxDOT has purchased the property with plans to expand I-45."

In other closings news, Roots Bistro shut its doors this week. According to CultureMap, a "source hints that a 'disengaged investor' pulled the rug out from under the enterprise ... and has plans to go a different direction." Eater Houston Editor Eric Sandler notes that Root's is the "fourth high-profile" restaurant to close on Westheimer over the last few months.

On the plus side,Houston Business Journal lets us know that Happy's Pizza, originally based in Michigan, opened in North Houston on Wednesday, June 12, and another location is set to open in southwest Houston about eight weeks later. Johnny's Pizza House also opened in Atasocita, as noted by the B4-U-Eat newsletter. You can't complain about getting another pizza place, or two.

Smashburger is opening in Katy on June 26 off the Katy Freeway and there are plans for two more locations, one opening this fall and the other opening in 2014. LongHorn Steakhouse, another franchise, opens in Humble on Monday, June 17, according to a press release.

When you head down to Galveston this summer, be sure to check out Galvez Bar & Grill inside Hotel Galvez on Seawall Blvd, which just opened this week. The new restaurant and bar features seafood items freshly caught from the Gulf, along with a bar bites menu for you to munch on while sipping on Prohibition era-inspired cocktails like the Ghost Bride Martini or Seawall Sidecar.

Although Burns Old Fashioned Pit Bar-B-Q closed this week, do not be sad because Gary Burns made this decision so he could return to the family business at Burns Bar-B-Q, as reported by J.C. Reid. There's more barbecue to come from Gary Burns.

In expansions news, Eater Houston's Editor Eric Sandler reports The Tasting Room in Uptown Park is going to take over the Lady L Clothing space and will expand by 9,000 square feet. The restaurant has decided to expand after signing a new lease that lasts through 2023. The newly remodeled space will enlarge the patio and garden area for more seating outside. According to a press release, the project will begin in July and should be finished by Labor Day.

Tandoory Taco opens Sunday, June 16 in The Woodlands. This new restaurant on Sawdust serves up Indian-flavored and spiced food where the "tacos" are wrapped in paratha. You can also enjoy other classic Indian dishes, such as dosa and curries, according to the new profile on B4-U-Eat.

According to Jamaica House's website, the restaurant on Westheimer is currently closed for remodeling, so it isn't gone for good. Scott Gertner's At Houston Pavilions won't be gone for good as well. Houston Business Journal says the downtown club is looking to relocate and will announce the new location soon.

In Baytown, The Red Fox, known for Texas coastal cuisine, closed shop because, as stated by owner Linda Stewart, "we're not at a place where we can continue."

Submarina California Subs in Missouri City also shut its doors this week, as reported by B4-U-Eat. However, Missouri City added Chocolate Drop Cafe which serves up coffee, pastries as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Although Morningside Thai Restaurant has been closed since April, on June 17, the restaurant will be re-opening at its new location at 2473 S Braeswood Blvd in Ste A.

Cinco Ranch will also receive the third location of D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe later this summer. According to a press release, the new restaurant will be located in the Phase II portion of LaCenterra town center and will serve lunch and dinner each day of the week.

B4-U-Eat's newsletter also let us know that Mandi Halal, a Middle Eastern restaurant, recently opened on Hillcroft off of the Southwest Freeway.

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Molly Dunn
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