Openings & Closings
After an extended hiatus, Las Alamedas (23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard, Suite F410) has finally reopened -- but not in its former location on Katy Freeway. Instead, the old-school Mexican restaurant known as the site of many a special occasion dinner has moved west to Katy's La Centerra development. Of course, part of the allure of eating at Las Alamedas was enjoying the view onto the bayou from the dramatic, Spanish-inspired dining room, so it remains to be seen if the new incarnation of Las Alamedas will prove as popular. Will you make the drive out to Katy to visit this grande dame in her new home?
And speaking of grande dames, the Américas (2040 West Gray, Suite 200) in River Oaks is open for business, featuring an impressive interior that our art director at the Press described as looking "like Gaudí threw up all over the place." That's a compliment. I think.
Although Miguelito's is no longer with us, it seems that a fine replacement has taken over its old space. Jay Francis excitedly texted me earlier this week about the opening of Casablanca Couscous & Grill (5506 Richmond Avenue), which joins the exceptionally small ranks of Houston restaurants serving Moroccan food. Initial reports of the couscous and tagines are excellent, meaning I fully expect this place to have a healthy crowd this weekend.
Also opened recently were Jamaica House (6357 Westheimer), serving jerk chicken and oxtails in the Galleria area as well as some very tempting-sounding Red Stripe ribs that I need to try posthaste, and Fusion Pita, the little sister taco truck to Fusion Taco. The Fusion Pita truck moves around, as food trucks are wont to do, but you can keep it with its journeys on its Twitter page.
Brand-new Montrose late-night eatery The Muffin Man (2310 Converse) has already run into some troubles with the City of Houston, which -- according to B4-U-Eat -- has resulted in the restaurant being temporarily shut down while the owner acquires some necessary permits. The restaurant's Facebook page has been changed to reflect this closure, stating (sic):
Muffin Man is a restaurant in montrose illegally shut down by the city after a neighborhood association the mayor used to be the president of asked the ctiy to shut it down
Don't mess with the City of Houston, folks. Haven't you been reading our weekly Health Department Roundups?