Openings & Closings: September 2012, Plus Picking a New Name for Calliope's Po-Boy

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After a supremely busy seven days for restaurant news last week, this week let up a little bit -- but not by much. Starting off the week was news that chef Erin Smith is leaving Plonk. Her last day will be October 13 and after a brief trip to visit family, Smith will be back in Houston looking for her next adventure.

Eater Houston reported that the old NABI space finally has a new tenant confirmed: Pistolero's, from the same owner -- Shawn Bermudez -- of Royal Oak. According to editor Eric Sandler, Pistolero's will offer "a menu of Latin and Mexican flavors that will delight and pair well with tequila and lime."

Oh, and City Council members, guess what? Bermudez -- a restaurant owner -- is also a partner in popular food trucks Golden Grill and Koagie Hots.

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Third Ward restaurant/culinary art gallery The Eat Gallery is moving, leaving behind its digs at 4420 Almeda and joining the co-working space at CoInside as the building's newest tenants.

"We have 11 days of food art during operating hours and seven curated experiences left at 4420 to laugh, eat, dream, and party our way into new opportunity," wrote Eat Gallery owners/curators Danielle Fanfair and Marlon F. Hall. "Beginning October 1, our new homebase will be CoInside, Houston's progressive shared co-working space! Located at 1919 Houston Avenue in a beautifully restored firehouse, The Eat Gallery will continue to nurture dreams among innovative dreamers, believers and doers in The Heights!"

In the meantime, The Eat Gallery will continue to host its "culinary artists" in the Almeda space until the big move -- at which point the same artists will move along with Fanfair and Hall. They include:

  • Ella Russell of Edubalicious Treats
  • Keisha Bocage of Bocage Catering
  • Robert Lopez of Kickin' Kombucha
  • Matthew Toomey of Boomtown Coffee
  • Sabali Mpozi Earth of Vegan Comfort

The downtown location of Morton's the Steakhouse has a new look and a new lunch menu, according to a press release. The restaurant has added new carpet, artwork, booths, seating and lighting to a renovated dining room (seen above) as well as a renovated bar. The similarly renovated lunch menu allows guests to enjoy a three-course meal starting at $29, served Tuesday through Friday.

Over at CultureMap, Ralph Bivins is reporting that two longtime Houston restaurateurs will be opening new restaurants in the BBVA Compass building that's currently under construction. Long rumored to be looking for a second location, Hugo Ortega of Hugo's and Backstreet Cafe is one of those two restaurateurs. John Sheely of Mockingbird Cafe is the other. Sheely plans a 4,000-square-foot osteria, while Ortega has leased 8,000 feet of space.

Lastly, get ready to help EaDo favorite Calliope's Po-Boy find a new name. Owner Lisa Carnley is letting the new Calliope's Po-Boy on West Bellfort have that name, and she's asking customers at her location to help rename her po-boy shop.

"Instead of coming up with a name myself -- because it was so tough last time -- I wanted to let Houston decide on the name of the business," Carnley says. "We thought it would be fun." In fact, if you check out page 83 of the 2012 Best of Houston® issue, you'll see Carnley's smiling face and details on the renaming contest, the winner of which will receive recognition for their contribution as well as a party for ten of their friends.

As far as the perfect new name, Carnley says she's looking for something that signifies a "Cajun restaurant in Houston" as well as one that she "can trademark and market well." It's especially important now that she's planning on renovating and expanding the space -- even adding to-go daiquiris just like they do in New Orleans.

If you've got the perfect name picked out, e-mail Carnley at poboyshop at gmail dot com.

For the monthly wrap-up of openings and closings, head to the next page...


Adair Kitchen, 5161 San Felipe, 713-623-6100 Alma Cebiche & Bar, 1275 Eldridge Parkway, 281-293-0001 Banh Mi Express, 6635 Brittmoore, 713-937-3777 Barnaby's Cafe, 801 Congress, 713-226-8787 The Breakfast House, 9300 Emmett F Lowry Expressway, Suite 108, Texas City, 409-316-9019 Brooklyn Pizzeria, 1007 Grand Avenue, Bacliff, 281-339-3300 Bull Creek Cafe & Grill, 918 San Jacinto, Rosenberg, 281-341-8170 Burger Nation, 914 Main, Suite M, 713-655-1717 Cuchara, 214 Fairview, 713-942-0000 The Empty Glass, 104 Market Street, Tomball, 832-698-4722 Farley Girls Cafe, 801 Post Office, Galveston, 409-497-4954 Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, 16000 Stuebner Airline, Spring, 832-698-8888 NAM Noodles & More, 215 Rice Boulevard, 281-229-1140 Naseeb Indian Restaurant, 3559 Highway 6, Sugar Land, 281-325-0099 Nom Nom Noodles, 1635 Eldridge Parkway, Suite 400, 281-497-6028 The Pass and Provisions, 807 Taft, 713-628-9020 Peter Piper Pizza, 6223 East Sam Houston Parkway North, 281-454-7766 Pinkberry's, 3838 Westheimer Primo Italiano, 6730 Atascocita Road, Suite 115, Humble, 281-852-8700 Puerto Tacos & Cervezas, 1660 West Lake Houston Parkway, Suite 107, Kingwood, 281-312-0931 The Red Brick Tavern, 119 Simonton, Conroe, 936-539-2000 Ron's Hamburgers & Chili, 14257 FM 2920, Suite 210, Tomball, 832-698-4201 The Shack in Cypress, 16602 Cypress-Rosehill Road Zippy's Pizza Wings & Things, 11650 Jones Road, 281-890-9000


The Broken Spoke, 1809 Washington Avenue Casbah Mediterranean Buffet, 2721 Hillcroft Coffee Bistro, 109 Meadow Parkway, League City Icing Cupcakes, 5806 4th Street, Katy Iguanas Tex-Mex Grill, 12665 Memorial Market Seafood, 16512 El Camino Real Que Cafe, 408 20th Street, Galveston Texas Traditions, 29615 FM 1093, Suite 8, Fulshear Vida Sexy Tex-Mex, 4218 San Felipe Wild West Smokehouse, 1505 Bayport Boulevard, Seabrook

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