Restaurant News

Openings and Closings: Triniti Takes a Break, Bohemeo's Brings In Beer

Starting off the week with a bang was news that Triniti, which is less than three months old, will be closing temporarily on March 12 (this coming Monday). Said a press release: "Triniti Restaurant will be breaking to produce and refine the Spring lunch, dinner, wine and cocktail menus."

It's a highly unusual move -- especially for such a young restaurant -- and one that has tongues wagging about other possible, less positive motives for a shakeup so early on. Regardless, Triniti plans to reopen on Wednesday, March 21, for full service after a private menu tasting the evening prior. And in a proactive move to squelch those bad rumors, the press release explained that "this is a process we shall embrace twice a year, at the beginning of Spring, and once again at the end of Summer."

Also experiencing a shake-up of its own is Bohemeo's, the beloved East End gathering spot for live music, coffee and open mike nights. Longtime owners Lupe and Sid Olivares recently sold the spot to a pair of Houstonians who are fast becoming fixtures themselves: Kent Marshall, owner of TK Bitterman's and Market Square Bar & Grill, and Keith Adkins of Fontana Coffee Roasters.

Marshall and Adkins have some big changes planned for Bohemeo's, chief among them a new craft beer program. They're bringing in new beers -- both craft and local -- and installing two taps to start, with a tap wall tentatively planned for the future. The limited food menu will remain intact, but daily specials like a Swiss chard quiche (made with chard from The Last Organic Outpost) are being added. And although the new team plans to move away from live music, husband-and-wife team Lupe and Sid will still be around: Sid still plans to do art nights and Lupe will still rock the weekly Beatles nights. Bohemeo's wouldn't be the same without them.

A new Prince's (1201 N. Post Oak Road) has moved into the old spot vacated by French Press Cafe on North Post Oak near the Katy Freeway and is now open. But as Swamplot reports, it's not a regular old Prince's Hamburgers: This is a Prince's Diner.

B4-U-Eat reported in its newsletter this week that another diner has closed: Mama's Cafe (6019 Westheimer). The Westheimer stalwart "closed Sunday after 30 years of serving Huevos Hofbrau and CFS," said the newsletter. "They tell us the new owners will open in about a month. No word if it will still be a Mama's Cafe but the new owner is Pappas Restaurants."

Last but not least, a blind item for the week: The Eatsie Boys are very close to opening their new Montrose restaurant, but another regular fixture in both the food truck and farmers market scenes is also scouting for a space in the Heights. Who could it be?

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Katharine Shilcutt