Restaurant News

Openings & Closings: The Honeymoon Is Open

Boil House, located at 606 East 11th Street in the Heights, closed just as quickly as it opened. The crawfish restaurant opened its doors on May 9, but because crawfish season has ended, Boil House decided to close until mudbugs become available again, a.k.a. next year. On June 20, Boil House posted the announcement on Facebook, "Beloved fellow Boil House enthusiast, we have decided to close for the remainder of the season but look forward to serving you the best crawfish in Houston next year."

But, in happier news, The Honeymoon opened at 300 Main Street on Monday, June 23. Currently, The Honeymoon only serves coffee from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., but cocktails and late night libations are on the way. And when those aperitifs are offered, The Honeymoon will be the perfect spot to sip on a drink and share a house-made dessert, or cheese and charcuterie plate with friends. Until then, downtown workers can stop by The Honeymoon for their morning cup of Joe or afternoon caffeine pick-me-up.

Tapology Gastropub (2660 Marina Bar Drive) held a soft opening last weekend, according to commenter HtownCheapEats. The League City gastropub offers a variety of craft beers, such as Karbach Hoppadillo, Southern Star Buried Hatchet, Saint Arnold Elissa and Galactic Coast Rocket Ride. Food offerings include chorizo mac 'n cheese, a loaded bacon cheeseburger, tempura-fried hot 'n spicy chicken wings, and a lobster-crawfish grilled cheese sandwich. These items are currently on the soft opening menu, so more bar bites should be on the way.

Gigi's Cupcakes opened another location in the Galleria area at 1609 S Post Oak Lane in the middle of June. Currently, the cupcake shop is featuring Pink Lemonade, Banana Split, Hot Fudge Sundae and Lemon Icebox cupcakes on the summer menu.

Thanks to commenter, HtownCheapEats, we are informed that Wonderbar's previous location has been transformed into Sage County, located at 2416 Brazos Street in Suite B. According to the lounge and bar's Facebook page, Sage County held a sneak peek party on Friday, June 20, and it appears beer and liquor are the main attractions at this Midtown "party lounge."

Red Dessert Dive & Coffee Shop opened softly on Tuesday, June 24, at 1045 Studewood Street. The charming bakery offers coffee from Boomtown, plus beer and wine along with an array of sweet treats such as s'mores blondies, butterscotch scones, miniature peach cobblers, peanut butter chocolate cake and a few savory items, such as salads, wraps and a Karbach beer and Gouda cheese bread.

Lone Star Taco Co. is on an opening spree. Commenter HtownCheapEats told us that the fourth location opened at 3811 Center Street in Deer Park less than two months after opening its latest spot. Now there's a Lone Star Taco Co. in Friendswood, downtown, Pearland and Deer Park.

Speaking of tacos, Taco Crave recently opened in Spring at 5200 FM 2920 Road in Suite 120. The taco bar serves simply dressed tacos filled with ranch potatoes, steak, brisket, spicy carnitas and chipotle chicken on either a flour or corn tortilla.

Brian O'Neill's has finally changed its name. The Rice Village pub will now be known as The Gorgeous Gael, named after the Irish boxer and actor Jack Doyle. The Houston Chronicle reports that the opening will coincide with "Hot Undies Run," a charity event benefiting Undies for Everyone, a local non-profit with the mission to enhance "the self-esteem, dignity, hygiene, and success of disadvantaged students by providing them underwear."

There's a new coffee shop in Cypress, as noted by HtownCheapEats; Hanan's Cafe is a concept from the co-owner of D'Vine Wine Bar, Amy Vasquez. She named the coffee shop and cafe after her 12-year-old daughter, Hanan. The gourmet eatery, located at 25282 Northwest Freeway, offers sit-down breakfast dishes, such as a French Picnic featuring jamon serrano, whipped goat cheese spread, pesto, a small French bread loaf, house jam and olives, as well as gluten free pancakes with blueberries, banana walnut and plain, and plates of two eggs any style with bacon, potatoes and toast. Hanan's Cafe also offers homemade desserts, such as a banana pop tart topped with vanilla ice cream and Pop Rocks, and s'mores made tableside. Don't forget there's coffee, wine and beer available as well.

In food truck news, Tha Personal joined the ever-increasing lineup of Houston mobile eateries last week. Tha Personal has been frequenting My Food Park HTX serving brick chicken, seafood pasta tossed in cayenne fennel alfredo, a meatball sandwich with pork and beef, as well as chicken and waffles.

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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