Openings & Closings: Turning Over a New Banana Leaf

Categories: Restaurant News

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Could a Little Woodrow's be coming to the Heights?
As reported earlier this week, Gravitas closed swiftly and unexpectedly over the weekend. The restaurant had changed hands several times in the last year, and both parties blamed the other for Gravitas's inability to make timely payments to the bank. All of its equipment was reclaimed by said bank, forcing the space on Taft to close up shop for good.

In other closures, Beer Island quietly closed its taps in the Heights over the weekend as well. The mostly-outdoor former filling station sold only beer and wine, but was a popular place for older residents in the neighborhood. Word on the street is that Beer Island will become a Heights outpost of Little Woodrow's, although this is still unconfirmed. Just imagine those late-night interactions between Fitzgerald's clientele from across the street and the frat boys that would pack Little Woodrow's. White Oak and Studewood will never be the same again.

Way out west, Anvil bartender Chris Frankel reported on Twitter that Banana Leaf will be opening a second location at 9896 Bellaire Boulevard. Until recently, it held the excellent Chinese Sichuan Cusine -- now closed -- and some deadly good cumin lamb. The silver lining, however, is that even more people will be able to fit into this new Banana Leaf outpost, meaning there won't be as much of a line anymore at the original spot across Bellaire Boulevard. We hope.

Also moving into larger digs is Pho 20, as reported by B4-U-Eat:

On Tuesday, Tommy Ngo and family moved Pho 20, Galveston, to their new space, a bit down Broadway from where they started 7 years ago. The space is more than double the size of the previous one.

Lastly, in sad news, Bootsie's has closed once again, this time for good. It was announced on the restaurant's Facebook page this past Saturday by Bootsie herself:

I have had to close the restaurant. I want to thank all my customers who have been so faithful with your support. I will continue to cook until the day comes that I can no longer stand in front of the stove, but to serve so many and see that smile of satisfaction while eating my "chicken n dumplings" will never be forgotten. I thank God for everyone one of you. Who knows, there may be a Bootsie's Cafe in heaven and we can all meet there one day and do this again.


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Location Info

Banana Leaf

9889 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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brucesw
brucesw

Sorry to see Chinese SIchuan go - had some excellent food there.  We need some competition for Banana Leaf, not another one.

AwesomeMargie
AwesomeMargie

Something needs to be done about the lights at Studewood and White Oak.  Make a protected left (when on White Oak) cause it's a pain.

Hill
Hill

Cahill's on Durhman is currently closed and in the process of changing ownership.

Dsmith
Dsmith

Paul at Little Woodrows on St Emmanuelle will open the Little Woodrows on White Oak. He told me yesterday it should be open in March, but he had no set date. It will have a full bar.

Angeli Wahlstedt
Angeli Wahlstedt

Isn't Banana Leaf a Malaysian restaurant? (The article says it is Sichuan, which doesn't sound correct...are we talking a different restaurant?)

WhiskeyR
WhiskeyR

Beer Island was purchased by Little Woodrows, according to employees from both Beer Island and Little Woodrows.

WhiskeyR
WhiskeyR

I just go down Michaux instead

Bradd
Bradd

Reading comprehension is not your forte'....she said that the spot that will hold the new Banana Leaf was once a sichuan restaurant:  "...9896 Bellaire Boulevard. Until recently, it held the excellent Chinese Sichuan Cusine -- now closed..."

WhiskeyR
WhiskeyR

And not to mention, Lonnie Allsbrooks who sold Beer Island to Little Woodrows confirmed it on facebook over a week ago. I'm surprised nobody knows about this.

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