Openings & Closings: See Ya, Tequila

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The city has lost one of its two restaurants with a tequila-themed nomenclature: Ruby Tequila's in Midtown, which closed swiftly and quietly late last week. The chain's website was quick to reflect the closure, removing the Midtown location from its site without a trace. A manager at the Louisiana Street location confirmed that the restaurant had closed yesterday, saying that the restaurant "is in the process of relocating." To where, you might ask? Why, The Woodlands, of course.

Great news for hopheads comes from a friend of ours, Daniel Glover, a longtime member of the Saint Arnold Army and part of The Carnies, the popular cooking team that usually snags big prizes at the annual One-Pot Showdown. Glover tells us that one of his teammates from The Carnies is opening what will be the city's only brewpub (now that Freetail has fallen through): City Acre Brewing. Says Glover, the brewpub "won't just be for drinkers; the food also will do The Carnies proud." Look for it to open in October 2012, brewing up two different IPAs, a Saison and a hybrid called Hitchcock Blonde.

That's not all that's coming soon: Outmane Yanouri called us yesterday to give us the scoop on his new coffee and wine bar that's opening at 410 Main, to be called Curve Cafe & Wine Bar. Yanouri, who also owns Casablanca Couscous & Grill, has been hard at work on the European-style cafe with its very own wine cellar. It should be open within the next two to three weeks, replacing the long-gone 410 Bistro & Lounge.

Back in June, Syd Kearney at the Chron reported that Kris Bistro and Wine Lounge would be opening soon at 7070 Allensby, a restaurant extension of the Culinary Institute LeNotre allowing students to "practice" their trade on the public. B4-U-Eat's newsletter reported this week that the opening is complete, with some attractively low price points to boot.

As anticipated, Jimmy Changas is opening a second location soon -- as if anyone expected otherwise. The restaurant (from the same owners of Gringo's and Bullritos) is practically purpose-built for expansion. The second location of what will surely be many will open in League City on Highway 646 this Spring.

And just as a reminder, the Urban Harvest Farmers Market at City Hall officially re-opened for its new season this past Wednesday. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday and features the freshest produce and most popular local food purveyors in town, as well as guest chef demonstrations and a beautiful view of the city while you nosh.



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Meyoumeyoumeyou
Meyoumeyoumeyou

They stole my info and charged over $3,000. I also had the "nice waiter". There is an investigation in Bryan on this matter. I'm assuming that's why they closed as the time frame fits perfectly.

Rip
Rip

Any place that serves a beer turned upside down in a margarita should close. Good riddance Ruby Tequila.

Angry
Angry

Maybe the swift closure was due to the HPD investigation of identity theft and credit card fraud by the staff at that location. Anyone have any more info?

same
same

i live very close by and often frequent the restaurant. my credit card information was stolen twice and my wife had her info stolen once. After cross referencing our card purchases Ruby's was the only place we had both used our cards. This we found odd. After more investigation.......my friend had his stolen and two people we had dinner with on a different day also had theirs stolen. Sounds like the same guy as above. Amazing waiter...very helpful......and now we know very sneaky.

Urbanguy06
Urbanguy06

Seven people I had dinner with here for happy hour all had thier cards compromised as well but we because we have routine wednesday happy hour together and it wasnt the most recent place we had visited we suspected another place. I am glad to finaly have this figured out because the place I suspected I really liked-see ya tequilas!

Same here
Same here

We had the same problem - both my husband and I had our cards compromised at this location on separate occasions. Same waiter both times - he is a great waiter, overly helpful and explains everything on the menu. My husband went back to talk to the manager but now its closed...

Urbanguy06
Urbanguy06

I would love to hear more-my account has been hacked three times in the last 3 months and I frequent ruby tequilas midtown

Jay Francis
Jay Francis

Here's my fantasy. Someone re-opens this location in Midtown as an homage to the fabulous Cafe de la Gran Parroquia in Veracruz. Coffee supplied by Amaya and Greenway Coffee. It would be hard to pull off. In Veracruz it's not uncommon for people in the central business district to start off the day meeting friends over breakfast and coffee before going in to work That would be difficult to do here but how fun to have this style coffee shop in Midtown?  Anyone know any millionaires who can afford to lose some money in a business venture?

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TheW
TheW

Catch ya later, Ruby Tequila's. Oh wait, no. Went there once and it was guhross. Glad to have the space opened up for something that surely can't be worse.

tinyhands
tinyhands

Re: Ruby Tequila -- Poor Woodlands. Always having to take midtown's sloppy seconds.

VWGTO
VWGTO

In-town superiority, a tired cliche....

Jdubz
Jdubz

Has Bambolinos closed? Disconnected number...

Jessica
Jessica

Went to the Ruby Tequillas once... horrible tex mex... worst margarita i've had in a very long time... so many more better choices for tex mex in town.  

mollusk
mollusk

Agreed.  It was sorta like the Tex Mex you would expect to find in Cleveland.  

North Dakota.

T.J. Cookwell
T.J. Cookwell

With the vacating of Ruby Tequila's, that will open up a venue for: Oscar Oaxaca's, Jaime Jalisco's, Harry Xalapa's, or Andy Acapulco's I guess.

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