Restaurant News

Openings & Closings: See Ya, Tequila

The city has lost one of its two restaurants with a tequila-themed nomenclature: Ruby Tequila's in Midtown, which closed swiftly and quietly late last week. The chain's website was quick to reflect the closure, removing the Midtown location from its site without a trace. A manager at the Louisiana Street location confirmed that the restaurant had closed yesterday, saying that the restaurant "is in the process of relocating." To where, you might ask? Why, The Woodlands, of course.

Great news for hopheads comes from a friend of ours, Daniel Glover, a longtime member of the Saint Arnold Army and part of The Carnies, the popular cooking team that usually snags big prizes at the annual One-Pot Showdown. Glover tells us that one of his teammates from The Carnies is opening what will be the city's only brewpub (now that Freetail has fallen through): City Acre Brewing. Says Glover, the brewpub "won't just be for drinkers; the food also will do The Carnies proud." Look for it to open in October 2012, brewing up two different IPAs, a Saison and a hybrid called Hitchcock Blonde.

That's not all that's coming soon: Outmane Yanouri called us yesterday to give us the scoop on his new coffee and wine bar that's opening at 410 Main, to be called Curve Cafe & Wine Bar. Yanouri, who also owns Casablanca Couscous & Grill, has been hard at work on the European-style cafe with its very own wine cellar. It should be open within the next two to three weeks, replacing the long-gone 410 Bistro & Lounge.

Back in June, Syd Kearney at the Chron reported that Kris Bistro and Wine Lounge would be opening soon at 7070 Allensby, a restaurant extension of the Culinary Institute LeNotre allowing students to "practice" their trade on the public. B4-U-Eat's newsletter reported this week that the opening is complete, with some attractively low price points to boot.

As anticipated, Jimmy Changas is opening a second location soon -- as if anyone expected otherwise. The restaurant (from the same owners of Gringo's and Bullritos) is practically purpose-built for expansion. The second location of what will surely be many will open in League City on Highway 646 this Spring.

And just as a reminder, the Urban Harvest Farmers Market at City Hall officially re-opened for its new season this past Wednesday. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday and features the freshest produce and most popular local food purveyors in town, as well as guest chef demonstrations and a beautiful view of the city while you nosh.

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Katharine Shilcutt