Openings & Closings: Trouble and Tacos

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Blind Item of the Week: A Heights hotspot in a somewhat cursed location is rumored to be closing soon. Its intended replacement was said to have been a new Bruce Molzan restaurant, but the Ruggles owner's current legal troubles may prevent that from coming to fruition. What will become of the restaurant that's still there now? A few months' time should tell.

Torchy's Tacos opened as promised earlier this week. The colorful building at 2401 S. Shepherd has been painted some unappealing shades of gray, but the funereal exterior hides a colorful, taco-filled interior according to our Joanna O'Leary.

Also open after an anticipation-filled few months is Double Trouble, the new coffee and cocktails bar in Midtown on the Best Block in Houston. Phaedra Cook took it all in earlier this week, when the brand-new bar was already packed with fans of owners Robin Berwick and Robin Whalan.

B4-U-Eat's weekly newsletter had three interesting tidbits this week about some old and [possibly] new favorites:

Scott Gertner says he hopes Scott Gertner's at Houston Pavilions will be open Christmas week.

Permits have held up Kevin Naderi's Roost, 1972 Fairview, but he says the farm-to-table restaurant serving local beers and affordable wines should open this weekend. Dinner only at first.

Eric Grbic, previous owner of Red Balloon Cafe, has informed us that the restaurant operating out of his previous space is not associated with Red Balloon Cafe. Actions are being taken to prevent them from using that name. Eric is looking into re-opening in another location.

And over at CultureMap, Sarah Rufca has more on the planned opening of David and Sylvain Denis's new restaurant with chef Jacques Fox, Artisans, which we've been looking forward to since June.

Last but not least, bid adios to the old Fiesta on Dunlavy. Swamplot reports that the grocery store will be torn down along with the rest of the structures on the property, to be replaced by...wait for it...another West Ave-style mixed use development.

There goes the neighborhood.

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