Openings & Closings
Lasting only a little over a year, the not-quite-Hooters seafood spot Shuck Daddy's (1511 Shepherd) has shucked its last oyster. With Mak Chin suffering a similar fate in the same location in 2009, could it be that Houston has a new cursed restaurant spot?
Photo by Robb Walsh Oyster season is permanently over for Shuck Daddy's.
And in case you missed the news earlier this week, Houston will lose its only brew pub when Two Rows (2400 University Boulevard) closes on October 2. According to the Chron's Ronnie Crocker, the popular brew pub in the second floor of the Rice Village Arcade had trouble renegotiating their rent with owners Weingarten Realty. TABC laws notoriously make it difficult for brew pubs to exist or thrive in Texas, meaning that a replacement for Two Rows likely won't come along any time soon.
Luckily, there are more openings to list this week than closings. Starting things off on a sweet note is the opening this past Monday of the second location of Ooh La La Dessert Boutique (20155 Park Row) in Katy. The new 3,200-square-foot location will serve as a commissary for both the new storefront and the original location at 23920 Westheimer Parkway. And not content to sit still for long, owner Vanessa O'Donnell is reportedly already scouting a third location for her popular cupcake and dessert boutique.
From our friends at B4-U-Eat, we learn that Fruituzy (12360 Westheimer) -- one of our favorite places to eat frozen yogurt and feel like a 13-year-old kid again -- will now be open in the mornings, serving breakfast. The yogurt shop, owned by the same family that runs Fadi's across the street, plans on offering items like waffles and crepes, but not just at breakfast; they'll be served all day long.
Sugar Land is increasingly becoming saturated with excellent ethnic food, from places like Udipi (serving excellent vegetarian Indian fare) to Suya Hut (serving Ghanian and Nigerian treats), so it's no surprise that more restaurants are looking to expand into the area. Turquoise Grill, one of our favorite Turkish restaurants, is opening a second, yet-to-be-disclosed location in Fort Bend County, while Azuma on the Lake (15830 Southwest Freeway) -- Japanese food from the Soma family of restaurants -- celebrated their official grand opening earlier this week.
And on Washington Avenue, two new concepts are opening this week offering two of Houston's favorite foods: burgers and tacos. Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen expanded first to a Woodway location, and now it's taking the show on the road with a food truck that owners Sylvia Casares and Michael Warren have named No Borders. True to its name, the No Borders truck will take Sylvia's Mexican and Tex-Mex food outside the confines of a restaurant and to the streets, where it will be parked alternately at 5002 Washington (in the parking lot of Rebel's Honky Tonk) and 5023 Washington (in the parking lot of Urban Living). Up-to-date locations and times will be posted from the truck's Twitter account: @NoBordersTruck.
Meanwhile, The Counter Custom-Built Burgers (4601 Washington) will be serving up Angus beef burgers that are totally customizable (yes, just like Fuddrucker's) with 12 different cheeses, 33 toppings, 21 sauces and four kinds of buns. Those poor fools who are still suffering through the Atkins diet can get a Burger in a Bowl, but part of their souls will die each time they order it. In addition to burgers, The Counter offers an array of beverages from milkshakes and malts to beer and wine. The west coast chain has taken note that Texans don't take too kindly to Californians shoving their culture in our face, and have smartly decorated the place with photographer Gary Copeland's artwork that celebrates life in Houston.