Openings & Closings: Green Seed Grows Roots

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This week: Green Seed loses the wheels.
Starting off the week with two bits of good news: Green Seed Vegan has moved out of its food truck confines and into a space of its own. The new spot at Wheeler and Almeda is conveniently located just down the street from Green Seed's former digs in the Third Ward, and it also means you'll be able to sit down and eat your Dirty Burque instead of taking it to go. I'm hoping Green Seed will still offer its terrific vegan Saturday brunch in the new spot, too.

And in southwest Houston, Alief has just welcomed a new restaurant from former child actress Cherie Johnson (of Punky Brewster and Family Matters fame, among other TV shows), reports Albert Nurick at H-Town Chow Down. Datt's It will be owned by Johnson and two other women -- all Houstonians -- and aims to serve the economically disadvantaged community by offering good food and good jobs. Expect standard American fare like burgers, hot dogs and fried chicken as well as a Sunday brunch.

Meanwhile, Mike Ricetti at the Examiner is reporting that Perbacco is temporarily closed. The hole-in-the-wall Italian joint downtown apparently suffered some water damage but will be open again in April.

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Soon to be the hippest spot in Midtown.
Midtown's newest (only-est?) craft beer bar Mongoose versus Cobra is getting ready for its big debut, and a source says that in addition to some amazing brews on draft -- many of which have never been seen in Houston before -- there will also be Prosecco on draft. Prosecco on draft. The mind boggles.

It was confirmed this morning that Trader Joe's will be moving into two Houston locations in addition to The Woodlands location already announced. Swamplot has mock-ups of all three future stores, including the ones in the old Alabama Theater and a new store to be built at Woodway and Voss.

The rumors were true: The Pappas family did indeed purchase Mama's Cafe on Westheimer and plans to revamp the now-closed restaurant into a totally new concept -- sources say to expect some updated Southern classics when the new place opens. The only problem? A derelict kitchen that's in desperate need of repair, which could take six to nine months.

Blind item of the week: A much-maligned Montrose restaurant located in an old house will soon be changing to a new concept, along with a new chef, menu and name (although the ownership will remain the same). Cast your guesses below, and watch EOW for more information on this changeover in weeks to come.

Last but not least, we have a few new food trucks to welcome to the scene and one to bid farewell (sort of): The Modular will no longer be serving late-night grub at Grand Prize Bar. Instead, Joshua Martinez will be helping GPB owners Ryan Rouse and Brad Moore open the bar's kitchen to serve food full-time; the "tin can" itself is still out and about at spots like GPB's sister bar, Big Star. And in the meantime, welcome these newcomers to the streets: St. John's Fire, Flip 'N Patties and NOLA's Creole2Geaux.




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Location Info

Green Seed Vegan

2305 Wheeler, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Perbacco

700 Milam, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Grand Prize Bar

1010 Banks, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Big Star Bar

1005 W. 19th, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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KING
KING

Is the patio at Grand Prize dead?

Bayou619
Bayou619

B10 Vietnamese is opening a new location at Westheimer and Hillcroft. Same shopping center with Office Depot and Raising Cane's.

Del Martinis
Del Martinis

Actually b10 is opening it's new location in the old Espana space right behind Subway and the Vitamin Shoppe in the shopping center called  Westhill Village.    

Bayou619
Bayou619

isn't that the same shopping center as Office Depot and Raising Cane's?

NosyNeighbor
NosyNeighbor

Any plans to do something a little more in-depth about WHY Modular's tin can isn't at Grand Prize Bar anymore?

From what I've seen on Twitter, there's a lot more to this.

Jim Ayres
Jim Ayres

I don't think it's a fallout with Grand Prize at all. Must be either the city or an issue with the neighborhood.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Yep; no fall-out with the bar. It's not just the City or the neighborhood, but rather a little bit of both.

Schmatt
Schmatt

You can bet it's probably a group of NIMBY's. 

Nathan Miller
Nathan Miller

Cannot wait until mongoose opens. Any idea when?

Devlin
Devlin

 I'm wondering how people will refer to it: "Hey, meet me at ______"

Mongoose versus CobraMVCMongooseCobraThat cool new place with all the great beer. Whachamacallit?

mike
mike

Ugh, Ruggles, just die.

Jim Ayres
Jim Ayres

Cobra versus Mongoose sounds very L.A. and that's not really a compliment.

Oh let the blind item be Ocean's - it's such a nice place but really deserves a better concept. 

Jim Ayres
Jim Ayres

Follow-up: I drove by Ocean's tonight (Sat. 3/31) and it was dark as can be. It must be the place.

Dilettante
Dilettante

Ocean's. With an apostrophe.If it's the same spoiled, inexperienced, rich-kids from Mexico ownership, I won't be expecting much. But do like the house.

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