Openings & Closings: February 2011
As we showed you in our sneak peek earlier this week, The Blue Fish is now open at Bayou Place downtown. The Dallas-based sushi bar will also open a second Houston location in a few months next door to benjy's on Washington Avenue., where a new build-out is currently being constructed.
A plate of nigirizushi at Blue Fish.
Also in development across town, another Dallas-based restaurant is coming in to roost. Frozen yogurt store Red Mango is getting ready to open its second Houston location at CityCentre. The grand opening is tomorrow, March 5, and the shop will be celebrating by offering its signature all-natural, non-fat frozen yogurt for free from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day.
Two more steps have been completed towards the opening of El Real Tex-Mex Cafe: the chairs that were salvaged from the old Felix restaurant down the street have been fully restored, as has the blazingly bright neon marquee that's once again lighting up the Westheimer curve.
In closings, we learned from CultureMap and My Table's weekly newsletter -- virtually at the same time -- that Arturo Boada is parting ways with his namesake restaurant, Arturo's Uptown Italiano, and will soon be opening his own space in Tanglewood (not too far from his current customer base, wisely).
Out in Katy, popular Italian restaurant Bella Luna closed unexpectedly, as did the equally popular Basil Grill, a Persian restaurant in far west Houston. And it looks like The Woodlands wasn't able to sustain Tamarind Indian Bistro & Market, which rounds out the closings for this past week.
After the jump, a roundup of all the openings and closings from February.