Openings & Closings: The All-Montrose Edition

Categories: Restaurant News

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Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
The future home of Cuchara in Montrose.
It's all Montrose, all the time this week: Nearly every bit of restaurant scoop for the past several days has come out of the Montrose, starting with an announcement last night from the owners of the Eatsie Boys food truck: "EBOY BREAKING NEWS: We have signed a lease in Mmmontrose. Eboy 3.0 storefront set to open this summer. More details to come."

The Eatsie Boy in the Cookie Monster hat, Matt Marcus, told Eater Houston this morning that they'd be moving into a brick-and-mortar location that's currently occupied by another tenant -- which means more speculation will soon commence about which Montrose joint is closing. The Eatsie Boys plan to serve their popular ice creams and gelatos alongside sandwiches, charcuterie and more when the new place opens this summer.

With the long-anticipated opening of The Hay Merchant out of the way, the crew behind the old Chances complex can now focus on opening their next component: "We will be opening the Wine Bar at Underbelly [today] at 4:00 p.m. so that we can begin doing wine service," said a press release from Underbelly last night. The Wine Bar will be open every day except Sunday, from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. each day. Greg Morago at the Chronicle got a sneak peek of the place, which features works by local artist Carlos Hernandez.

There won't be a full menu at the Wine Bar (1100 Westheimer), as expected, but it will serve small bites of cheese and charcuterie. Don't worry about waiting too long for that full menu, though: According to the press release, Underbelly "will begin soft service in the restaurant Thursday, March 1st and will be open to the public on March 5th."

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Good riddance.
Ever since the old convenience store at the corner of Fairview and Taft was renovated -- reusing all the beautiful old bricks in the process, and paving a big, pretty parking lot surrounded by greenery -- I've wondered why the hell a restaurant hasn't moved in there.

This week, my question has finally been answered: A restaurant calling itself Cuchara (which means "spoon" in Spanish) has leased the nearly 3,000-square-foot space and is busy moving in. Cuchara seems to be related to Nessa's Mexican Restaurant, located in Jersey Village.

Down the street, the embattled Ruggles finally closed its doors this week as owner Bruce Molzan told the Houston Business Journal that he was planning to open a new restaurant within a few months.

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Inside the new Roots Bistro.
That other restaurant is most decidedly not Bistro by Ruggles, however, which officially changed its name to Roots Bistro (507 Westheimer, 713-524-1000) after severing all ties with Molzan. Chef German Mosquera -- who got his start at Ruggles Green -- is now running the place solo along with the financial assistance of an area doctor. Thank God, too, because the Ruggles curse very well may have followed Mosquera into what is otherwise an amazing restaurant.

I ate at Roots Bistro for the first time a few weeks ago, before the name change, and was surprised to see the old Cafe Moustache space completely facelifted and given new life. Mosquera's appetizer of tart-sweet braised Swiss chard and kale made me think fondly of the roasted cauliflower dish at the similarly named Roost, not too far away on Fairview, and how vegetables are now being appreciated on their own terms instead of battered, fried or drenched in sauce.

Roots or Roost, it's great to have both additions to the neighborhood.



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Jalapeno
Jalapeno

A new place has opened in the spot on Memorial that used to be La Vista that used to be Indika.  It appears to be called Vista...

Bodl
Bodl

Montrose - within a 10 minute drive for only 14% of the Greater Houston Metropolitan area, and yet it gets a least a third of the restaurant coverage in the Houston Press. Not a criticism, just an observation.

The geographic population nexus for greater Houston is actually very near Sam Houston Race Track. It's within 30 minutes of downtown, Sugar Land, The Heights, River Oaks, The Oil Center, The Villages, Katy, Champions, EADO, and The Woodlands. More "destination" restaurants would consider this area if there wasn't an ITL bias to coverage and dining considerations.

Gessy
Gessy

Also in 'change of hours' news... The Brown Bag Deli on Westheimer has shortened their hours to now close at 4pm.

Eminence Grise
Eminence Grise

Would it kill you idiots to include the address and cross street; hey, how about a telephone number when you list these places?  No it wouldn't!

Kylejack
Kylejack

I'm glad to see Molzan's Ruggles go, and I'm glad to see he's been shoved out of yet another restaurant. Hopefully his claims that he is going to open another restaurant is just bluster. Go away Bruce, you're done in this town.

csoakley
csoakley

I like that furious gorilla painting. I've got a nice space on my wall that would be perfect for that. I think I need to plan some type of Bottle Rocket style heist and cat burgle that bad boy.

GlenW
GlenW

Readership... proximity to the Press building... the only part of this shitburg wirth living in is Montrose.

Pm
Pm

Please submit your review of the track's culinary offerings or editorial consideration.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I also feel compelled to point out that -- most of the time -- when I'm writing up these Openings & Closings reports (I'm the idiot, FYI), the places don't have working telephones yet nor do I have a concrete address to report. In the case of Cuchara, for example, the address could eventually be 214 Fairview when it opens up. For now, though, I listed it at the cross streets (as you so kindly requested): Fairview and Taft.

And do you need a telephone number for places that have closed? Likely you do not, since it has been disconnected. In the case of Ruggles this week, you can simply click on the link to our "all about Ruggles" page, which lists the address, map, past reviews, etc. Even the telephone number.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

"You idiots"? Well, with an attitude like that, WHAT ELSE CAN WE IDIOTS DO FOR YOU? IT WOULD BE MY PLEASURE. PLEASE LET US KNOW IMMEDIATELY AND EXPLAIN IT IN VERY SMALL, MONOSYLLABIC WORDS.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I liked the King Kong, too! They also have some paintings of Marilyn Monroe and a few other iconic pop culture figures hanging up right now. It's managed to turn into a cute space after all...

csoakley
csoakley

OK. So do you want in on this heist? I think we need one more person. I already have the yellow jumpsuits, a ladder and the gloves. We just need some maps, radios and possibly a fog machine. There's no risk!!!

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

And thanks for rounding out the week on a positive note. Have a great weekend! :)

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