Openings & Closings: Familiar Faces Edition

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Hubcap Grill's new fence outside its soon-to-be-open restaurant on 19th Street.
Some familiar faces will soon be popping up around town, from the Heights to Montrose and back again, starting with the news that Olivier Ciesielski -- the former executive chef at Tony's -- will be opening his very own place in Montrose, right down the street from the now-closed Caffe Bello run by his old boss, Tony Vallone.

It may come as a surprise, considering the news that Ciesielski is also going to be the head chef at The Brownstone when it reopens shortly. But our source tells us that The Brownstone is just a stop-gap while Ciesielski works on getting his own restaurant open.

Meanwhile, Ricky Craig -- recent winner of our Best Use Of Twitter by a Restaurant award -- will soon be opening his second Hubcap Grill location on 19th Street in the Heights. The burger joint will join Christian's Tailgate, which is now officially open at 2820 White Oak, as two of the neighborhood's newest residents.

Also moving to the Heights? The second location of Sonoma Wine Bar, according to Swamplot. Look for it to open at the corner of 8th and Studewood next spring.

Good news for Outer Loop fans of craft cocktails after the jump.

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Photo by Adrienne Byard
See more photos from Prohibition's soft opening last night in our slideshow.
A new craft cocktail bar has opened in the Galleria where Bice used to be at 5175 Westheimer. Prohibition is a 1920s-themed "speakeasy" complete with a speakeasy door at the entrance, but don't expect lower prices just because it's outside of the Loop. Prohibition has "Galleria" prices on its cocktails, which range from $8 for a basic Americano (called a Milano-Torino here) to $18 for a Sazerac. The $8 cocktails are intriguing, but the $18 aren't -- even if they're made with Tanqueray 10 gin or seasonal berries.

Perhaps the spirits program at Triniti will be more up our alley, but that's still pretty far down the road, as Swamplot pointed out when they drove by to see its construction progress and checked out its cool exterior metal work. Hurry up, Hildebrand! We want our Triniti.

Last but not least, Syd Kearney at 29-95 got us all hot and bothered with the descriptions of the hot dogs at the nearly open Sammy's Wild Game Grill, opening this month. Add that to the recently opened H-Town Bar & Grill, and Washington Avenue could be serious competition for the Heights in sheer number of new restaurants opening this year.



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POOPOOPLATTER
POOPOOPLATTER

C'mon Jarrod. Cocktails START at $15 in NYC for house liquor and standard mixer. Try getting a topshelf drink in NYC for anything lower than $25 and please provide me the name and location for my next visit. Seriously, I'd love cheaper drinks in Manhattan.

Jamie
Jamie

Ooooh, a speakeasy. Original.

Someone's been watching Travel Channel. Or Drinking Made Easy.

Copycat
Copycat

..so what? Do you think anything is original these days in the culinary/drink world?

 

Kaahe
Kaahe

Keep in mind what Prohibition is paying for a prime Galleria space. Bice couldn't make it in the same spot, despite serving a full menu, having an international presence, and serving a popular cuisine. Fox Sports Grill couldn't make it next door. On the other hand, 5115 still manages to stay afloat, so who knows.

One thing for sure: it will take some major marketing to lift this new beast into the air, and they'll need to serve a lot of $18 cocktails.

Stacy Zane
Stacy Zane

For $18 dollars I expect to be naked wasted by the end of the evening. Or at least have a good buzz. 

scotter
scotter

For $18 dollars *I* would expect you to be naked and wasted by the end of the evening.  And DEFINITELY have a good buzz.

Fioriobz
Fioriobz

then go do shots at the local roadhouse first; then go for a good cocktail, and start undressing as you sip, gf

PM
PM

$18 cocktails may make you a "scene" for a brief stint.  However, a loyal clientele it will not build.  

hildee
hildee

working hard to get it finished!  things are going well and we are on schedule.  fingers crossed!  can't wait to see you all there!!!  cheers!

JarrodJM
JarrodJM

$18 for a cocktail in Houston? Sweet sassy molassey, that's Miami and New York prices.

Readngphd
Readngphd

$18 for SOME cocktailsjust like a $100 for some foods

Jim Ayres
Jim Ayres

I don't think even New York prices go that high!

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