Openings & Closings: Say It Ain't So, Hubbell & Hudson

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For those living in Spring and The Woodlands, this week brought sad news about two establishments. The first tale of woe concerns Koya Asian Kitchen in Spring.

In one of the saddest restaurant closing announcements we have seen, Koya Asian Kitchen posted on Facebook that the barely three-month-old restaurant was forced to close due to a sewage odor circulating thoughout the restaurant. The post explains how the restaurant lost customers because of the smell. Though the issue was being fixed, the loss of business forced the owners to close their business.

While Koya's closing brought disappointment to the Spring area, the announcement of Hubbell & Hudson Market's closing in March brought much disappointment to The Woodlands area. Kaitlin Steinberg reports that the market and cooking school will close, but the bistro and kitchen will remain open.

According to Steinberg, "An unnamed source provided CultureMap with documents showing that the grocery store has lost millions since it opened, and that consultants for the company did not believe it could compete with Whole Foods or nearby H-E-Bs." Head to Hubbell & Hudson to stock up on your favorite products before the market closes -- dry-aged beef, anyone?

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We reported a few weeks ago that Mo Mong closed due to renovations, and that the Vietnamese restaurant will reopen soon. However, along with new décor and new menu offerings, Mo Mong has also changed its name. Eater reports that the restaurant will become Dua when it reopens. Owner Viet Hoang tells Darla Guillen of Eater that he decided to make the changes to the restaurant to cater to Montrose residents. He tells Eater: "People in Montrose are more educated on different types of food, there are more foodies and adventurous people."

Eater's Darla Guillen announced the opening of Andes Café from chef David Guerrero, formerly of Samba Grille. Andes Café opens on Saturday, January 18, and will offer a BYOB service. Guillen explains that the restaurant will feature South American foods. According to Eric Sandler of CultureMap, the menu at Andes Café will include the pepito, a Venezuelan sandwich, and Ecuadoran steamed cakes for breakfast. Guerrero has also added sodas from South America and Peruvian coffee from Katz Coffee to the menu.

The much-anticipated Dish Society will officially open on Monday, January 20. Eater reports that the executive chef, Johnny Romo, has created a menu that Eater describes as "contemporary Americana." The supper menu includes items such as chicken bruschetta, kale tostada, quinoa-stuffed avocado and four-cheese truffle mac. Expect to see dishes made with ingredients from Homestead Gristmill in Waco, Bee Wilde Honey in Montgomery and Texas Hill Country Olive Company in Dripping Springs. Of course, local brew selections will include beers from Karbach, Saint Arnold, Southern Star and Buffalo Bayou.

Cook & Collins will also open on Monday, January 20. According to a press release, the restaurant will serve dinner only during its soft-opening stage; brunch and lunch will be added soon. Chef Jared Estes explains that Cook was the last name of his grandparents and Collins comes from his favorite drink, the Tom Collins.

Swamplot reports that Mercantile will open a second location in the Montrose area later this year. The Rice Village coffee shop tweeted that there will be a new location opening at Audubon Place soon. No official opening date (or month, for that matter) has been announced.

Just as you probably were thinking that there were enough El Tiempo Cantina's in Houston, another one is coming, this time to Webster, and it is supposed to be the largest one yet. Eater announced that this new location will begin serving food near the end of April. You can't have enough Tex-Mex restaurants in Houston, can you?

Did we miss any openings or closings? Let us know in the comments section and we will be sure to include them in next week's report.

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