Openings & Closings: January 2012

Categories: Restaurant News

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Photo by Olivia Flores Alvarez
This notice of closure was posted outside Guadalajara Bakery this morning.
After 45 years in business along Washington Avenue, Guadalajara Bakery is closing its doors on February 29. Unlike previous closing scares for the longtime breakfast taco purveyor, this one is concrete: New owners purchased the building and gave the family 30 days notice to vacate. A bar is planned for the space.

Imagine that. Even though most people in Houston are predicting the swift end to Washington Avenue's piss-saturated party scene much in the same way that the Richmond Strip is now a thing of the past, but -- sure -- go ahead and build yet another bar in an area already saturated with ones that serve bad beer and regularly turn away people of color and aren't long for this earth. In the meantime, a family-owned business that's served its community and legions of loyal fans for nearly half a century will be kicked to the curb, as the family has no plans to reopen.

In other vastly disappointing news, a Dallas-based Tex-Mex chain that CultureMap's Sarah Rufca describes as "the preferred restaurant for suburban Dallas MILFs" is moving into the old space vacated by Ruby Tequila's in Midtown. Gloria's plans to open this spring. Great.

And speaking of insufferable bastions of douchedom, Dorsia -- previously known as the notorious "members-only" laughingstock of Houston that cost at least $2,000 a year to join -- is now open to the public. Let's hope the great unwashed masses don't ruin the "exclusive" vibe of the place. The only silver lining here: Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio of the late, great Sabetta has been hired on as Dorsia's chef, according to food maven Jenny Wang. I'd enter the gates of hell to have Palazzo-Giorgio's food available on a regular basis, so I'm certainly willing to brave Dorsia for it.

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Photo by Troy Fields
Soon, owners Matti Merrell and Rodney Perry will have a restaurant of their own for Green Seed Vegan.
Moving on to better news... Green Seed Vegan is finally on the way to building a restaurant of its very own. The little green food truck plans to expand into a brick-and-mortar location in the Third Ward, where it currently operates six days a week between its truck and Saturday brunches at The Eat Gallery. In a method similar to one successfully employed by fellow vegan restaurant Radical Eats, Green Seed Vegan is asking its patrons to assist their efforts by contributing to a Kickstarter fund.

Elsewhere, Resie's Chicken & Waffles is still busy repairing its flagship location on Mangum after an electrical fire. The good news is that the restaurant hopes to be open again soon; the better news is that a second location of Resie's is opening on Monday, February 6, at 233 West Greens Road.

Last but not least, two new bars are on their way to the Heights and Oak Forest neighborhoods: The Public House, next door to D'Amico's on White Oak is set to open "any day now" according to its Facebook page. And Oak Forest Chill (Caroline Gallay at CultureMap has an explanation for its terrible name), an ice house serving wine and beer, is slated to open later this year.

A final blind item for the month: A popular Heights area restaurant that's been previously reported to be on unstable ground is now up for sale, along with its sister restaurant in Montrose. Whether anyone will buy them -- or keep them open, if they do -- is still to be seen. It's definitely not twin hotspots Shade and Canopy, so keep guessing.

For a full list of this month's openings and closings, click ahead.


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AwesomeMargie
AwesomeMargie

The craziness of Washington has me worried for the Heights, mainly the White Oak area.  I hate how quickly it's grown and how congested it is.  

Htx
Htx

Reference is  to Gloria's in the previous post.  I

Htx
Htx

Can't wait to hear your review after it opens.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Poor Washington Avenue. There was once a time when it was a great place to be, but now it's all thirty thousand dollar millionaires and their emaciated girlfriends. I think someone should just take this street and just... just flush it down the fuckin' toilet.

Nathan Miller
Nathan Miller

This is why I hate Washington. Ugh.

And in regards to Gloria, at least something is going there. I hate walking by that empty building every day.

Ben
Ben

The reason Ruby Tequila's failed was that its food was bland as bland can be. Nothing unique at all. Couple that with Midtown prices, and it wasn't going to last. Gloria's is fairly distinctive with the TexMex/Cuban hybrid model, and I was pretty pleased with the food when I visited one in Dallas. I think it has a chance.

MadMac
MadMac

I LOVE the "exclusive" clientele model that worked so well for Dorsia, Chrome and Globe Stores.

cafeluz
cafeluz

What is happening to Guadalajara Bakery is truly horrible but sadly, expected. I hope the owners find a great new home all of their own. Used to go there all the time before I had to leave the neighborhood to exile in the Heights after, well, obvious reasons!

Jack_Around
Jack_Around

So Ruby Tequila's failed, and Gloria's idea is to put the exact same thing back in its place? Brill.

Themarlinman
Themarlinman

When is Underbelly/Hay Merchant going to open?

Gunsandtacos
Gunsandtacos

Feb 10 is their best guess.

Mick
Mick

No offense but I drive past that building almost daily and it doesn't even look like they could be ready by the end of February. I highly doubt they could be ready by 2/10.

barleyvine
barleyvine

And just an addendum to what Gunsandtacos said, my understanding is that Hay Merchant could open as early as the 10th, but that Underbelly won't open until the end of the month.

bradbarber
bradbarber

I heard last night the artwork is installed. That is a positive sign.

Matthew
Matthew

so is bootsie's closed again? after her son left and they reopened?

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Correct. It closed earlier this month, according to the restaurant's Facebook page and Bootsie herself.

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