Space Cowboy, 100 W. Cavalcade, will have its grand opening April 23. This is the first concept from Night Moves Hospitality to open in 2021, as we reported here in the Houston Press. There are at least three more ventures planned by the newly formed hospitality group for this year with Trash Panda Drinking Club up next.
The tropically-inspired bar and restaurant comes from owner and beverage director Greg Perez and chef partner Lyle Bento. It is located in the Heights House Hotel, which was formerly the Astro Inn. In keeping with the retro vibe of the hotel, Space Cowboy is a colorful and quirky cocktail bar with a 2,000 square foot patio and a green space that is adjacent to the hotel's pool for an even more island feel.
For the hotel's guests, there is access to the pool and cabanas with the bar offering poolside service. While the pool is for hotel residents only, pool passes will be available for purchase when the pool is not at capacity. Biodegradable plasticware, drink pouches and large format shareable cocktails encourage the outdoor summer staycation experience.
The grand opening of Space Cowboy coincides with the opening of the Heights House Hotel and is part of the multi-million dollar renovation to the vintage building done by Rise Construction. Space Cowboy will be open daily from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Reed says that the owners could not come to an agreement with the landlord post-COVID when it came to renegotiating a ten-year lease. With two years left on the lease, the owners found a new tenant to take its place instead.
The restaurant opened in February 2018 as part of BCK Management, the group behind Bosscat Kitchen and Libations. Serving nostalgic American fare, the early menu was playful and incorporated childhood delicacies like Pasghettios and Cap'n Crunch Crunch Berries The concept eventually shifted to a menu more focused on burgers, brunch and cocktails. Nguyen also opened a to-go outpost of her Miss Mini Donuts at the restaurant in August 2020.
The current staff at BCK will be transferred to another BCK Management property, Bosscat Kitchen and Libations at 4310 Westheimer, a whiskey bar and restaurant which opened its Houston location in February 2017. Bosscat also recently opened its third location in Orange, California.
BCK Management, founded in 2016 by Reed and Nguyen, will begin another Houston concept this summer. Details will be announced soon.
Live DJs and bottle service add to the vibrant atmosphere while cocktails such as 9 Confidential, a mezcal take on the Bee's Knees drink, and Starck Room's version of a Cosmopolitan, The Venus, give young party people a glamorous atmosphere in which to be seen by other glamorous young party people and of course, share selfies of themselves being young and glamorous party people.
A late night bites menu is still in the works but there is an assortment of artisan flatbreads available as well as delicious dessert bites. Starck Room is also available for corporate and private events.
Hunan Garden, 4331 Kingwood Drive, will close May 16, according to a post on its Facebook page. The reason given is that the new owners of the property are demolishing the building to put up a breezeway, forcing the restaurant's owners and staff to vacate for good.
The restaurant suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Harvey and it took time to financially recover from that disaster, not to mention the pandemic's affects on the restaurant business. According to the Facebook message, the future of the restaurant is uncertain, though its loyal customers, who are inundating the page with comments, are hoping that the restaurant can reopen in another Kingwood location.
Hunan Garden has been serving its loyal Kingwood residents for 34 years. That kind of loyalty also shows in the general manager and kitchen manager who have both been employed for 27 years, not to mention many other staff members who have stayed with the restaurant for over a decade. The post ended with, "This is all weighing very heavily on our hearts."
Kingwood resident and Houston Press reader Savannah Block says, "Every flood, hurricane, freeze; you name it, they've been there. They've opened their doors every time so people could have internet or even a warm place to go with food." Her mother Kim Fitzpatrick Malerba put her opinion more succinctly: "It pisses me off. Fucking breezeway?"
Kingwood residents have until May 16 to show their support and enjoy the General Tso's chicken one last time. At least in that location.
Fat Boots Trailer Park Bar, 4218 Washington, will debut its camp and kitsch May 5. The "drinkertainment" concept comes from a trio of industry veterans out of Las Vegas: Robert Frey, Jennifer Worthington and Ned Collett. In a press release the new venture was described as part bar, part show and part Instagram playground. The Houston location is the flagship for a nationwide expansion with plans for New Orleans and Las Vegas next.
Worthington, an entrepreneur, was the youngest senior vice-president at Jerry Bruckheimer Films in Los Angeles prior to beginning her career in the hospitality industry in New York and Las Vegas, including Coyote Ugly at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino. That experience has led her to the space " where staff become entertainers and cogs for social interaction and guests become part of theater." Frey is founding partner of the Las Vegas-based PURE Nightclub and the Pussy Cat Dolls Lounge at Caesar's Palace. Houston-based Collett has decades of experience in live entertainment producing high profile events like the Spring Awakening Music Festival and The Rolling Stones at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The vintage trailer park decor comes via Houston artist Caitlin Caselli and set veteran Abigail Kehr. Patrons can expect interactive vignettes, games and selfie scenes. On the Astroturf patio, Adirondack chairs form a rainbow circle around kiddie pools equipped with toy fishing gear. This ain't your parents' beer joint.
Numbers Night Club, 300 Westheimer, will celebrate its grand reopening May 19. We'll have more details next week. You have less than a month to dye your hair black and find your Robert Smith-worthy eyeliner.
ZaLat Pizza, 510 Gray, will open its first Houston location this summer. The Dallas-based pizza concept has a cult following among its fans. Its team members are termed "Zealots" for their dedication to the quality of the pizza the company serves. and can even receive a free "Zealot" tattoo on their first anniversary of working with the company, if so desired.
Founder/CEO Khanh Nguyen, born in Vietnam, attended Klein Forest High School and is a graduate of the University of Houston. He founded ZaLat in 2015, across the street from his Vietnamese concept, DaLat. Now, he's bringing his pizza concept to his old stomping grounds. The Midtown location will be the first expansion for the brand outside of the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Sriracha and cilantro make their way onto a number of the pizzas at ZaLat but traditionalists have choices, too, like The NYC, a New York-style pie with extra oregano, cheese, pepperoni or sausage. There's also a Margherita with grape tomatoes and The Cheese, which speaks for itself.
For those seeking employment, the company offers equity ownership after a year of employment plus benefits and a 401(k) to full-time staff.
"We're very excited to make our Katy debut," said founder Gloria Fuentes-Rubio. “We have an amazing location and we've hired an exceptional staff. We look forward to sharing the Gloria’s experience with our neighbors in Katy and throughout the Houston area."
Gloria's in Midtown, at 2616 Louisiana, just re-launched its Gloria's Nightlife, a weekend Latin-music event that happens on Friday and Saturday evenings after dinner service.
Chef David came to the United States in 1989 from Orizaba in Veracruz, Mexico. He started in the restaurant industry as a dishwasher and prep cook at Vene Vidi Vici, a restaurant in Atlanta. He worked his way up the ranks at the restaurant before departing to work in varying cuisines including Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Cuban and Americana. He became executive chef at Oliviana Ristorante Italiano in Augusta, Georgia in 2012. Wife Bonnie has years of front of house experience working in the industry in Atlanta and Augusta as well.
The 2,100 square-foot restaurant will retain the large floor to ceiling windows in front of the restaurant that were left in place by the previous tenant. The space, however, has undergone a major remodel with an improved kitchen and expanded full-service bar, designed by B&D Community Design Studio.
Adriatic Grill, 27700 Katy Freeway, will open a fourth location at the end of 2021. It is currently under construction. The family-owned Italian restaurant has been a suburban favorite in Cypress off Highway 290 for nearly a decade. Owners Ekrem Hyseni and Alban Bulliqui came to the United States from Albania with their families before opening their own restaurant. Its success has led to two other locations in the past four years in Tomball and Spring.
The Spring Branch location will be opening soon and owners Patrick Feges and Erin Smith will host a job fair at the Feges BBQ at Greenway Plaza May 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to fill positions at the new location which pay from $14 to $18 an hour. Bring yourself, your resume and a pen.
El Caribeno, 12904 Fry, celebrated its grand opening April 17, complete with a salsa band. This is the second location for the Caribbean-inspired restaurant which serves traditional Puerto Rican dishes and tropical cocktails. Its first restaurant opened in 2018 in Spring at 3835 Louetta.
Diners can start of with Empanadillas, Stuffed Potato balls or dig in to the Caribeno Fries, a plate of crispy French fries topped with triple meat, two different cheeses and garlic aioli. There are a variety of salads plus soup choices such as sancocho, a beef soup with herbs and root vegetables, served with rice, avocado and garlic bread. Entree options include Pollo Asada, Pollo Guisada, Churrasco and Chillo Frito ( whole fried snapper). There is a whole section of the menu devoted to fried green plantains which are mashed with garlic and olive oil and served with a choice of protein.
For dessert, three different flavors of flan are on the menu along with tornillos, pastelillos de guayaba ( a pastry with guava filling) and pastries from Boricua's Bakery, a Puerto Rican bakery in Katy. The restaurant also serves breakfast.
Beverages include Coke products, fresh fruit juices and Cafe El Caribeno or Cafe Lareno. Caribbean cocktails like mojitos and pina coladas add to the island feel along with sangria, Island Ritas and the Coco Whiskey, made with fresh coconut water and whiskey combined.
Old Harbor Cajun Seafood and Bar, 6935 FM 1960 W., opened April 12 in the Champions area. It offers seafood boils, fried baskets and po'boys in a casual atmosphere. Starters include breaded chicken wings, fried calamari, and Crabmeat Fries. The cold bar section of the menu has raw oysters and cocktail shrimp. There's also gumbo, clam chowder and shrimp etouffee.
Wine, beer, margaritas and other cocktails are available along with soft drinks. Happy hour runs Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.