Openings & Closings: June 2011

Categories: Restaurant News

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Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
Assorted macarons from Petite Sweets.
This is a good time to live in Houston, folks. Never forget it. A week so filled with restaurant openings that it requires three pages (yes, I'm warning you in advance) to discuss should be proof enough of this fact.

News that Table 7 closed up shop and a new Spanish restaurant is moving in has me salivating already. Why? Because the new restaurant, Convivio, looks like it might scratch the itch that Cafe España sadly hasn't so far: It has "Spanish" hours (meaning that the kitchen will be open very late into the night) and is promising a variety of tapas, paella and pinchos (Spanish bar snacks) from its Spanish owners, Marta Vina and Oscar Aguilar. Convivio is currently in the process of redoing the old space, but look for it to open within the next month at Durham and Floyd, just off Washington Avenue.

Meanwhile, three specialty food stores are setting up shop, albeit in drastically different parts of town. Petite Sweets is opening soon in Upper Kirby at 2700 West Alabama, where the bakery will be selling a variety of -- you guessed it -- portable goodies. I tasted their macarons, marshmallows and mini-cupcakes yesterday and was duly impressed with all three.

And over in River Oaks, Relish Fine Foods is celebrating its grand opening this Monday and Tuesday at 3951 San Felipe. The store stocks meat, bread, produce and other groceries from local vendors wherever possible and -- like Revival Market -- has a small but charming cafe component to it as well with sandwiches, soups and salads on the menu.

Finally, way out in West Houston, the long-awaited market from Alain and David Denis has opened next door to their popular restaurant, Le Mistral. Foody's Gourmet is located at 1400 Eldridge and is currently stocking French and assorted European foods and wines. Foody's also contains a bakery and will be providing fresh bread and pastries each day.

Back in town, two new wine bars are setting up shop in the Heights, and surprisingly close to one another too. The Corkscrew's second incarnation is finally open at 1308 West 20th, according to the Chron's Ronnie Crocker. And a brand new establishment, Crisp Wine Bar & Eatery, will accompany it shortly. According to Swamplot, it will be taking over an old convenience store just down the street at 2220 Bevis and offering pizza and hoagies as well as wine.


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Laura Trachtman
Laura Trachtman

We think you will be quite surprised by Kris-Bistro and Wine Lounge.  We are planning on offering lots of extras...amuse bouches, juice shots and a boxed chocolate for all diners...but sorry no haircuts. 

Dustin Kalman
Dustin Kalman

Didn't know Hughes Hangar qualified as an "opening" as I don't think they ever closed while they changed names from Washington Grill.

Iamannb
Iamannb

I have some inside scoop on Artisans rrestaurant. The cuisine will be French eclectic. A fun, upbeat open kitchen concept will be orchestrated by two talented French gastronomic artisans Jacques Fox and David Denis. Guest chef appearances will be featured periodically highlighting the dynamic chefs table energy.

JB
JB

Does anybody know where Coco's other location is?  Mami always talked about how she was struggling at the Montrose location, but Ken was running the other location and it was doing very well.  Google does not help me. 

ScottZ
ScottZ

Unfortunately, Tookies did not open and will not open for several weeks.  Thank goodness a co-worker found the correct information and gave it to me before I made the drive.

No mo' gyro?!
No mo' gyro?!

Any further info on why Biba's closed?  Loved that place.  Better gyros than Niko Niko's, I thought.

big red
big red

Is the Goldfish Garden chinese restaurant run by the same group that operated the Goldfish Garden that used to be on the corner of Westheimer and Fountainview? If so, the new location will serve very good food.

J.
J.

2700 Alabama is in the Third Ward.  2700 W. Alabama is in the Greenway Plaza area.  From your description, I'm not sure where Petite Sweets is.

KatieDid
KatieDid

Went to Radical Eats yesterday for lunch, and it sure is a wonderful place in a weird part of town.  Blink and miss it - make sure you GPS!  Delicious food that's worth the drive, though, especially if you're a vegetarian or vegan (I'm not and still liked the food!).  The fried avocado tacos and watermelon agua fresca are fantastic.  They even gave us a house-cured pickle to try at the end of the meal.  It's not exactly fancy, but the staff are really nice and the food is killer.  Worth the drive!

Valerie Prilop
Valerie Prilop

Ruggles at the former 11th Street Cafe is open. It isn't called a Ruggles Green, at least according to the signs on the building, but it does seem to be along those lines -- local food, cage free eggs, etc.

a vulpine heart
a vulpine heart

for what it's worth: had the watermelon and feta salad yesterday at relish. it was delightful!

Marc Borel
Marc Borel

Fox is brilliant. Interesting news, indeed.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I apologize, really. We received an email from a customer who told us that Tookie's was open again, and I thought that I read the same thing on Tookie's Facebook page. Mea culpa. The article has been amended.

Gyro quest
Gyro quest

To me the best Gyros in the Houston area- Mannys Cafe at West Road and HWY 6N in Copperfield, prefer over Nikos Nikos( been eating there since 1978 before they Nikos expanded).  Manny's also has a very good Greek Style Burger along with a few other unique burgers as well. 

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I think Irma403 hit it: No one really knew it had reopened. Gotta put yourself out there these days...

Irma403
Irma403

Yeah, putting an intermittently thundering pizza oven in the dining room wasn't the brightest idea....it was like eating under the El tracks in Chicago when a train would roll over.

Then he neglected to tell anyone that he had re-opened.

LAS
LAS

I think it's in the Greenway Plaza area, pretty sure I've seen the "coming soon" signs for it on W. Alabama, just off Kirby.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Sure did. And after a very expensive renovation on an old building, too.

klq13
klq13

it won't be a Ruggles Green.

Khlq13
Khlq13

across Kirby from Whole Foods.

Greg Burland
Greg Burland

That really is a shame, it's nice that John and One's A Meal are going strong though.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

This is what happens when press releases don't include full addresses. LOL. Correcting now...

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