Openings & Closings: Sigma Brewing Will Open in EaDo

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The taproom at Sigma Brewing Company is due to open very soon at 3118 Harrisburg in EaDo. Eater Houston reports that “the 4,300 square foot operation will focus on small-batch beers with the aim of brewing approximately 1,000 barrels over the next year.” Owner Matt Peterson tells the Houston Press that upon opening, they will have their “Porter, APA (American Pale Ale), and XPA (Extra Pale Ale) on tap and will release their New Zealand-hopped IPA, Let’s Fighting Love shortly thereafter.” Peterson acknowledged that the name of their IPA is a nod to a song from the show, South Park, which plays when the characters pretend to be Ninjas. The grand opening event starts at noon on September 30 with half-priced beer and food trucks parked on-site.

Sean Carroll and Tish Ochoa, co-owners of the Melange Creperie announced plans for a brick and mortar to be open in early 2017. In a September 19 press release, Carroll says that “the future Heights Mercantile project (a low-rise urban market district at the intersections of Heights Boulevard, Yale Street and 7th Street) is the perfect fit for Melange Creperie.”

Melange Creperie started as a food stand and currently operates a kiosk in the Conservatory food hall. Carroll adds that he hopes the permanent restaurant will be “a really cool place to hang out, pick up a coffee on the way to work, bring your children for an after-school snack, or enjoy a leisurely dinner with friends on our patio.“

Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston reported that DMRJ holdings LLC is introducing a new members-only concept in River Oaks in late 2016. A subsequent press release sent to the Press said that the Oakwood Social Club, opening at 2736 Virginia, will aim to “provide a private retreat setting where you can unwind, disconnect from the common everyday activities and plugin to a private members-only experience elevated by cigars, libations, ambiance, entertainment, and more.”

The club will share the space currently occupied by Corner Table and 1919. Historical ties date back to Prohibition days, when this location was the site of an oak mill. Oak from the mill was used to make barrels for “some of the most notorious bootleggers in the South,” according to the statement. The company goes on to say that “during remodeling, a secret door into the floor was found” and “hidden records salvaged from the secret opening created inspiration for some of the craft cocktails at Oakwood.” On September 27 and 28 between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., guests are invited to preview the new club. Email rsvp@oakwoodsocialclub.com for more information.

Come fall, there will be a couple of new juice options are opening in Houston. Jakeisha Wilmore of In the Know Houston reported that Juice Girl will be opening at 214 Fairview, suite 102 in the Montrose area by mid-October and Dallas-based chain, Buda Juice plans to join Rice Village at 2437 University sometime in the fall.

In a September 13 press release, the owner of Juice Girl, Gretchen Todd announced that the new location will feature “Houston’s first and only organic vegan ice cream shop featuring vegan (non-dairy) ice cream, created with a nut milk base; juice cream sweetened with dates and coconut milk.” Currently, Juice Girl’s Organic Cold Pressed Juices can be purchased at the Eastside Farmer Market, 3000 Richmond, every Saturday 8 a.m. – noon and it is business as usual at the 238 West 19th location.

Will Axford of the Houston Chronicle reported that the original Frenchy’s location at 3919 Scott near UH Downtown will be demolished. According to Swamplot, The Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church bought the property over the summer, but fried chicken fans in Third Ward won’t have to venture too far, a new Frenchy’s may be coming up at Scott and Hadley.

A second location of Peña’s Donut Heaven & Grill opened on September 20 with a different name at 10555 Pearland Parkway. A press release says that Peña’s Donuts & Diner will be bigger, allowing space for “customers to see the donut productions while they are waiting in line.” The menu will also be expanded to include “several new main entrees like Smoke House eggs Benedict, shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles.”

CultureMap Austin reported that Houston’s homegrown success story, Peli Peli is coming to Austin. The Press reached out to co-owner Thomas Nguyen about the future location in the 2nd Street District. He says they expect to be open by April 2017. Designing the new location is Reach Architects, the firm that worked on Hat Creek and Mia Italian Tapas, two popular Austin-based chains.

Thanks to a tip from Yelper, Luis C., the Press learned about the second location of Cobblestone Market Café, which opened on September 12 at 14838 East Park Row in Katy. Co-owner Rhonda Shutt describes the restaurant as a “veteran, family-owned establishment serving Americana, classic southern comfort food” like pot roast and chicken sausage jambalaya. They pride themselves on “making most everything on the menu from scratch.” Lunch visitors should try the Santa Fe chicken sandwich, which features a marinated chargrilled, then sliced chicken breast. There are different hot lunch specials each day and they offer 28 scratch-made soups.

Greg Morago of the Chronicle reported that The Burger Joint has plans for a second location to open at 2002 North Shepherd in the Heights in the spring of 2017. The new location will be more spacious with a large patio and a full liquor bar will be added to the restaurant.

According to a press release, Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors has pushed back its grand opening to October 3. The restaurant was originally slated to open by the end of summer. Co-owner, Nick Adair explained that “construction and openings are never easy, or on schedule.” The restaurant will be opening at 2400 Mid Lane, suite 100 in River Oaks.

Corner Table announced that they will temporarily close for renovations, according to Sandler of CultureMap Houston. The article included a statement from the restaurant saying, “In consideration of the upcoming holiday season and the 2017 super bowl (sic) Corner Table Houston will temperately (sic) close for remodeling. Our projected reopening date is early December 2016. Moving forward we will continue to host private events.”

A Facebook post reported that the “Pluckers off I-10 and the Beltway (near Pappasito’s) has its sign up!” The Austin-based wing bar currently operates at another location at 1400 Shepherd. Its website lists the address for the second location in the Memorial City area at 10407 Katy Freeway. Other information is listed as “Coming Soon.”

A reader’s tip reported that a new sandwich joint is coming to the west side of town. Tony Luke’s, a northeast-based restaurant specializing in cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches has signage up at 9762 Katy Freeway in the Village Plaza at Bunker Hill. No additional information is available on its website at this time.

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