Restaurant News

Openings & Closings: Welcome Montrose's Midtown Bar & Grill

La Guadalupana is one of Montrose's most beloved Mexican restaurants, a charming family-run bakery that also happens to turn out top-notch Mexican breakfasts every day of the week. And soon, it could become one of Pasadena's most beloved restaurants too.

Owner Trancito Diaz told our own Francisco Montes that he's in the process of constructing a shopping center on a piece of land in Pasadena, which he will eventually call "Plaza de Guadalupana." Diaz plans a second location for La Guadalupana as the anchor. We'll have more on this story later today, in an Eating...Our Words 100 spotlight on Diaz.

In other openings news, the City of Houston Health Department paid a visit to 415 West Gray this past week for a Change of Ownership Inspection. If that address sounds familiar, that's because it's the site of the old West Gray Cafe. The cafe has been closed for months now as renovations have been in progress. The new name for the newly-renovated space? Midtown Bar & Grill -- even though it's in Montrose.

Elsewhere, the city's second location of Torchy's Tacos has opened in Rice Village. Reports Eater Houston: "Diners looking to get their fill of a Mr. Pink or a Dirty Sanchez but have struggled to find parking at the location on Shepherd Drive can expect a similar level of frustration from the new spot, which takes over the former Collina's/Gugliani's spot."

And rounding out a short week in openings and closings news is a closing notable for how quickly it happened. Diner's Cafe, which appears to have been named with as little effort as possible on the part of its owners, opened a few short months ago on Washington Avenue with little fanfare. And although -- according to the handful of reviews online -- it apparently served decent Mediterranean food, Diner's Cafe just didn't have the lamb chops necessary to stick around.

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Katharine Shilcutt