A happy Friday morning comes with some happy news from around the city. First is the announcement that Goro & Gun -- the hotly awaited downtown ramen shop on Main Street -- will officially be open for business today at 4 p.m. Goro & Gun is only serving dinner for now, but lunch looks to be in its future.
Saint Arnold Brewery also started serving its lunch program this week, with today as its third day in operation. "Getting hungry for today's @SaintArnold lunch," wrote founder Brock Wagner on Twitter yesterday afternoon. "Come eat the noble swine cooked with root beer. Claim you only drank root beer too." Chef Ryan Savoie will be serving a new, three-course prix-fixe menu every weekday from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m, with menus announced in advance on Saint Arnold's website.
A reader wrote in earlier this week worried that Cafe Rita -- the much loved Armenian-Lebanese mom-and-pop restaurant -- on Dairy Ashford had closed. Don't worry, foul fans: Cafe Rita has simply moved. Its new address is 2352 Dairy Ashford, which westsiders will know as the old Steak It Easy spot.
Now for the sad news: Houston is losing a legend. Marfreless is closing after 40 years of being known as the city's preeminent makeout bar and one of its hidden treasures. The bar behind the blue door in the River Oaks Shopping Center never had a sign, but its fans always found their way.
"Marfreless' owners have been trying to do whatever they could to keep the bar operational but other entities involved weren't budging in regards to the rising cost of doing business, making it impossible to keep the business at this location," the bar stated on its website. "To save this distinguished community establishment, Marfreless is currently looking at other locations."
Meanwhile, Montrose juice bar Roots Juice closed after less than a year in business. Whitney Radley reports in CultureMap that "while the details following former general manager Becki O'Brien's late-February departure are unclear, we're happy to report that the juices are still on the menu and back to normal -- except that they're now on the menu next door at Roots Bistro."
In other noteworthy closures, Les Givral Kahve on Market Square served its last banh mi last Friday. Owner Qui Ly was tight-lipped as to why the shop was closing -- especially in the wake of all the new openings around a reinvigorated Market Square -- but told the Houston Chronicle's Syd Kearney there "is a slight chance that [Les Givral] will come back with [its] BanhMieria concept."
Lastly, two Houston locations of nationwide chain Seasons 52 Fresh Grill are scheduled to open soon. One at 4410 Westheimer, which is the location of a silly-sounding development called High Street (this isn't England; we don't have High Streets in our towns or cities) and one in Memorial at CityCentre. At least Seasons 52 Fresh Grill's incredibly silly name matches its silly new spot on Westheimer.
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