Openings & Closings

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News that a new tapas bar is opening in Midtown led to the brief discussion on Twitter this week about pronunciation issues concerning holiday islands in the Mediterranean, and Houstonians' propensity to open restaurants named after them.

Majorca Island Bistro and Tapas, that new tapas restaurant, will open at 207 West Gray in the old This Is It location. It's pronounced "My-or-ca," like a small killer whale that you own. Also in Midtown is Ibiza, which should technically be pronounced "Ee-bee-tha," although Houstonians have long insisted on calling it "Ee-bee-za." Perhaps we'll at least get one of those islands correct when Majorca opens soon.

Also opening very shortly is the new Indian restaurant from Anita Jaisinghani, Pondicheri, at 2800 Kirby in the West Ave development (which is also home to the new Ava Kitchen from Robert Del Grande). Although only open for dinner service starting on March 2, the restaurant will soon be serving breakfast as well starting at 6 a.m. every day. Two amazing chefs at West Ave have made the long wait for the development to open worthwhile.

If you're a fan of drinking, dogs and drinking with dogs, The Boneyard (8150 Washington) should be your new favorite place. The bar not only tolerates but actively welcomes your four-legged friends, and incorporate a full-fledged dog park into the icehouse dynamic. Owner Justin Bardwell says that he plans to hold monthly adoption events in the future, but for now, The Boneyard is simply the perfect place to relax with your dog and a Turbodog. The grand opening is March 8, Fat Tuesday, so get your dog some beads and head out.

Also just in time for Mardi Gras, Bistro Alex -- the younger sister to Brennan's -- will now be serving Sunday brunch starting this weekend on February 27. The "Big Easy Brunch" will feature live music from Yvonne Washington as well as a menu featuring eggs Benedict, chicory coffee duck and butternut waffles, and -- of course -- bananas foster and turtle soup. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and reservations are strongly suggested.

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James Kamroon
James Kamroon

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Designbycreation
Designbycreation

Majorca Island Bistro and Tapas is opening when? Who owns this new establishment?

Sarah Rufca
Sarah Rufca

If we have to say Ibitha, do we also have to say Velathqueth? Platha? Ithquierda? I love a Spanish lisp as much as anyone but lets not pretend like its the only proper way to pronounce things — it's pretentious and patronizing.

iMidget
iMidget

Has it been mentioned that Fu's Garden in Rice Village is closed? Any recommendations for fried rice in the Village, UK areas?

I did not enjoy Qin Dynasty - too much soy.

Hawk
Hawk

Seems to me I went to Bistro Alex at the Sorella on a Sunday last April or May for Shrimp and Grits shortly after reading of the same in R.W.'s best of #8 and they were open but not with Shrimp and Grits because ?that's more of a seasonal item for winter?

Greta Oshiro
Greta Oshiro

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Condire2
Condire2

I'm curious about the parking at West Ave. I have a feeling it's going to be truly nightmarish with Eddie V's, Ava, Pondicheri, Alto, Cru and the other places there that have yet to open. It's already crazy and there's more to come.

trisch
trisch

That's funny. Hadn't thought much of it before, but I often get invited to business lunch and group dinners at "eye-bee-zuh."

Danamorey
Danamorey

Ibiza is not about real Spanish food, (and the island itself is hardly typical Spain) so it seems imperative that we pronounce it however we like, especially incorrectly.

Kyle
Kyle

Azuma, 5600 Kirby.

Evrett21
Evrett21

Must the same guys from the earl compknees who so much enjoy that Eye-tal-yen food.

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