Openings & Closings: September 2011

Categories: Restaurant News

Mezzanotte owner Gerry Sarmiento released the above video on his website late last month to give diners a preview of his new restaurant, Piqueo, which is scheduled to open in the middle of next month. Like Mezzanotte, Piqueo will also be in Cypress -- right next door, in fact.

"It's going to make it easy for us," Sarmiento says in the video, "because this business -- as most of you probably know -- is not an easy business." In keeping with the latest food trends, Piqueo will have a Peruvian slant to its food. "Piqueo is a Peruvian term in Spanish, Sarmiento explains, "which is used to refer to tapas-type dishes, or basically tapas." It should be noted, however, that Sarmiento is not blindly jumping on any trendwagons -- he's from Peru himself.

But in Houston, things always seem to happen in groups, and tapas in Cypress is no exception: enter the second location of 1252 Tapas, which will fill the old Fish City Grill space at the Vintage Park center at Highway 249 and Louetta. This new location will feature all of the same tapas dishes and Spanish wines from the original, but will be 150 percent larger. The new space will accommodate more than 100 diners, and -- like Piqueo -- is set to open in mid-November.

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Photo by Andrew Douglass
I don't want to picture a world without Lucky Burger.
Swamplot has disturbing news for fans of Lucky Burger, The Harp, Maria Selma or any of the other businesses that line Richmond from Mandell to Dunlavy: The land has been purchased by a retail development group called Braun Enterprises. While the leases on the individual restaurants don't expire until 2014, Braun says that it isn't ruling out future development of the land -- which, to us, means that 2015 might mean both Lucky Burger's 40th anniversary and its expiration date.

That news is followed with some equally upsetting news from just down the street: Mia Bella and Saffron Moroccan Cuisine -- located right next door to each other on Lexington -- have closed, according to B4-U-Eat. That leaves Houston once again with only one Moroccan restaurant in the entire city.

More intriguing, the two now-closed restaurants are only a few blocks off Richmond from Lucky Burger et cetera. Could this mean that there's a land-grab going on in this part of town for some reason? Readers, weigh in with your own ideas in the comments section.

Meanwhile, on the next page, see the entire list of restaurant openings and closings for the very busy month of September 2011.


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Mike
Mike

Hmmm. Strange that 3 days ago Mumbai Spice was offering $100 worth of food for $75 on Groupon.

Ed T.
Ed T.

Interesting that Lasagna House III opened in Sugar Land. I remember when the original Lasagna House was there, back in the late 70s/early 80s, on Eldridge Rd. IIRC, there were some hard feelings that led to its closing.

Mag
Mag

sad to hear greatfull taco closed.  I really liked those fried green tomato tacos.

Jack Reynolds
Jack Reynolds

Krystal burgers closed down?  Houston let its only fast food sliders restaurant go out of business?

Megan
Megan

Isn't the light rail line supposed to go down Richmond?

Brewwench
Brewwench

Can't say I'm too surprised about Mia Bella and Saffron. The management and service there has been rather poor for the past year or so. Shame, as it's right down the street from me.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I am an idiot. You are correct, madam. It must be in preparation for the light rail.

CameronByars
CameronByars

Agreed, so much potential but missed the bar there. I had a terrible experience at Saffron.

J. Britt Alexander
J. Britt Alexander

I thought the rail was going down the other side of Richmond - and that Richmont Square was being mowed...  but then again , the crazy bi-polar lying whore I used to be friends with that lived there, may have just been too embarrassed to tell me she got booted out on her ass.  - so made that up

Lina
Lina

Saffron was making a brief come back when it had new management and then it all went to hell again when that Moroccan guy left. There were absolutely no Moroccans in the restaurant and it was run by the same folks who ran that Mia Bella into the ground. Sad because the Moroccan guy made the dining area look really nice.

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