Openings & Closings: Adieu, Chez Roux et Bonjour, L'Olivier

Categories: Restaurant News

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Photo by Jeff Balke
Chef Albert Roux, formerly of Chez Roux.
When one French door closes, another opens. Case in point: L'Olivier, the much anticipated restaurant from former Tony's executive chef Olivier Ciesielski, had its soft opening last night. At the same time, news hit that Chez Roux -- the fine dining destination restaurant at La Toretta del Lago's resort in Conroe -- had closed.

As reported by the Chronicle, world famous chef Albert Roux -- for whom the restaurant was named, although the chef himself was rarely in residence -- parted ways with Chez Roux after the resort fell into bankruptcy. I only went to Chez Roux twice but never came away fully impressed; then again, I never visited during chef Matthew Gray's tenure there.

The good news is that Chez Roux won't disappear entirely; Gray is slated to start a restaurant of his own in the space and the Chronicle reports that he's working on new menus for its replacement now.

In other swaps: As reported earlier this week, Kraftsmen Cafe in Montrose is closing at the end of the month, but the Eatsie Boys' cafe will be moving in this summer.

And the short-lived, frou-frou members-only club Dorsia is no more, according to CultureMap. Sarah Rufca reports that it will be replaced with a restaurant from Dorsia's executive chef, Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio. The new restaurant, Hawthorn, promises an upscale menu of New American food with Palazzo-Giorgio's Mediterranean influences woven throughout.

The newly-opened La Fisheria won't be the new kid on the Shepherd restaurant block soon. Solea is set to open at 1500 Shepherd shortly, with a concept described by the press release as "a place where the infusion of Houston's vibrant international, multicultural scene meets its Southern roots." Also, it will have flamenco music. A lot of it, apparently, as one of the partners is a molecular biologist turned full-time flamenco guitarist who's about to release his third CD.

Restaurant partners Amin Safari and Mani Salahshoor (Safari is the flamenco guitarist, by the way) aim for Solea to be a combination restaurant, wine bar and cocktail lounge open at lunch and dinner, as well as a showcase for local musicians.

And in Copperfield, the suburb will be the first neighborhood in Houston to get a Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. The Kansas-based chain only opened in 2002, but has quickly become famous throughout the Midwest for its steakburgers, Chicago-style hot dogs and -- like the name says -- homemade frozen custard. The new 3,500-square-foot Freddy's will open at 15540 Highway 529 this summer.



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Location Info

Venue

Map

Eatsie Boys

4100 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: General

La Fisheria

4705 Inker St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Dorsia - CLOSED

3200 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Music

L'Olivier

240 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa

600 La Torretta Blvd., Montgomery, TX

Category: General

Hawthorn - CLOSED

3200 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Solea - CLOSED

1500 Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

15518 Spencer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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KFD
KFD

What is the word on Mama's closing?  The rumors I've heard is that Pappas Corp bought the whole shebang and will be putting a Dot there.  Is this true?

Kennedye2
Kennedye2

That pic of Albert should be used in a 'captioning contest'.

In fact you should have a captioning contest at EOW. New Yorker has fun with it and so do the readers!

Annie
Annie

What the heck does that mean? Good grief. Is it food, theater or whatnot? Based on that description, it sounds like performance art. Give me a break. I'll give it a try, though, just for the halibut. 

Cordantduprix
Cordantduprix

Solea is set to open at 1500 Shepherd shortly, with a concept described by the press release as "a place where the infusion of Houston's vibrant international, multicultural scene meets its Southern roots." Also, it will have flamenco music.

Identity, a terrible thing to lose. Even before you've formed one.

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