If you're interested in a steakhouse on acid, then Mr. Peeples is the place for you! Eric at Eater reports that Mr. Peeples Seafood & Steaks will open on Monday July 29. Eric was able to snap some photos of the place, which is majorly purple. There's also a 1,600-bottle wine tower, VIP lounges and graffiti made by a team of actual artists led by James Perez. The Eater article notes that a nightclub and performance space will be constructed in the basement in the coming weeks. Thank God, 'cause I don't know how I'll be able to digest steak without strobe lights.
Queen Burger at 1802 W. 18th closed several months ago, but has reopened with the same ownership as Hughies Tavern and Vietnamese Grill. The menu has some old favorites from Queen Burger, as well as southern standards like shrimp po'boys and buttermilk chicken tenders. The menu also has some Asian flare with fried rice and báhn mi sandwiches. Fans on Hughies Facebook page are already raving that the báhn mi sandwiches are the best in the city.
Bust out your Mardi Gras beads a little early because Mojeauxs Louisiana Drinkery has moved into 2024 Rusk Street, the space formerly occupied by Cork Soakers Wine Bar. Cork Soakers has actually been transitioning into Mojeauxs since it closed in April, and Mojeauxs will have similar events and specials as its predecessor. The grand opening celebration will be Saturday, August 3 at 11 a.m. in the Mojeauxs parking lot. It will feature a gumbo cook-off, live zydeco music and lots of drink specials. Screw drink specials, though. What I want is one of Mojeauxs INSANE bloody marys!
Swamplot reports that Maggie Rita's, the local Tex-Mex chain owned by Santiago Moreno and comedian Carlos Mencia that closed all three of its Houston locations in late 2012 and early 2013, has reappeared underground. Tony Shannard bought the name from Moreno and Mencia a while back and opened another Maggie Rita's, also in an underground tunnel, last year, so now there will two margarita hotspots for the downtown mole people. The new location will open beneath First City Tower at 1001 Fannin, just half a mile from the other location beneath the JP Morgan Chase building on Travis.
In what seems like an inevitable move, the Twin Peaks chain has opened its largest franchise in the country right here in the Woodlands. There's already a Twin Peaks in the Loop, but again, this is the biggest one in the country! People have had surprisingly good things to say about the food, but I'm sure the...er...scenery doesn't hurt. And by that, I mean it's decorated like a northwest lodge and features waitresses dressed as lumberjacks. If, you know, lumberjacks looked like Pam Anderson.
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Finally, B4-U-Eat has reported on the opening of several new restaurants: Umami Sushi, Friends Uncorked and XYZ Drink Shop. There are few details available about any of these places beyond some promising Yelp reviews, but as we know, Yelp is a tricky devil.
Umami Sushi is located at 1029 North Highway 6 and features a five-page menu of Japanese food and sushi. Like really, the menu is outta control.
Friends Uncorked has opened in Friendswood, and based on the photos on itsFacebook page, it looks like both people and canines are enjoying the outdoor patio and a glass or two of vino.
XYZ Drink Shop in Bellaire seems to be obsessed with rage comics, which is maybe a little odd for a smoothie and juice bar, but it looks like a fun place. Bubbletea, smoothies and shaved ice are just some of the offerings at the Asian-inspired joint.