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Openings & Closings: Urban Eats Is Now
In Soft Opening

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Urban Eats, 3414 Washington will officially open on Monday, December 15, but you can visit now. Be kind, as they're still in their soft opening phase. The interesting concept has three parts to it: a full service bistro and bar, fast-casual eatery and a specialty market. The market section sells fresh-baked breads, cheese, cured meats and other specialty products. The fast-casual eatery part downstairs will focus on coffee, espresso, bakery items such as muffins and croissants. For lunchtime, there are sandwiches, salads and other pre-prepared dishes.

The upstairs is a bistro with a full-service bar. Urban Eats is promising 50 beers (with a heavy focus on Texas), a wine list and craft cocktails. There's a rooftop patio as well, with live jazz and blues on Fridays and Saturdays after 9 p.m. It sounds like a lot of fun and well worth a visit. Houstonia has a first look here.

Houstonia also reports that the new Christian's Tailgate in the Energy Corridor is now open in the former Cattleguard space. At 6,500 square feet, it's the largest Christian's to-date. It's currently serving a limited menu.

Thanks to Tea Bar & Organics for letting us know that their third location is now open at 5857 Westheimer. The grand opening was on November 28. The Japanese café menu includes sushi, bentos, robata items such as bone-in pork rib and pork belly, and ramen. They stay open late, too: until midnight Sundays through Thursdays and until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Culturemap Houston reports that F.E.E.D TX, the entity behind BRC and Liberty Kitchen, is moving forward for plans to open a new restaurant in The Heights. Guess what it focuses on? That's right, fried chicken. It will be the third dedicated fried chicken place to open within the past six months, the first two being The Bird House and The Chicken Ranch. I sure hope y'all in The Heights really, really like fried chicken! A name has not yet been decided for the new place. After all this fried chicken, will there be a demand for salad bars and vegetarian restaurants?

Treadsack has fleshed out the rest of story on those details that we first reported on after readers tipped us off. The restaurant group confirmed to Swamplot that, yes, they are indeed taking over The Boom Boom Room space and have hired Leslie Ross, formerly of Sanctuari at Triniti. The space is for a new bar concept called Johnny's Gold Brick. Brad Moore and Ryan Rouse (known for Grand Prize Bar and Moving Sidewalk, among others) are partnering with Treadsack on the project.

If you like Lebanese food and live near the Rice-Military part of Washington Avenue, this is good news for you. Eater Houston says that Mary'z Lebanese Cuisine is opening a second location where Polovina used to be at 4500 Washington. It's going to be just down the street from Beirut Fine Lebanese Cuisine. How much is too much in one area?

Eater Houston has also confirmed that Krispy Kreme is coming back to Houston in February 2015. The first shop will be at 5611 Highway 6 North. That means a lot of people are going to be envious of folks in the nearby Copperfield and Bear Creek neighborhoods.

What did we miss? Let us know in the comments below and we may include your tip in next week's post. You can also email us with your insider info.

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