Killen's Steakhouse Opening Second Location In Recently Vacated Stella Sola Space in the Heights

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Caswell and Killen, practicing for the restaurant hand-off at a recent grilling competition.
Almost as quickly as Bryan Caswell closed Stella Sola's doors, Chef Ronnie Killen is opening them up again as Killen's Steakhouse. Caswell and Killen battled each other as grill masters at the Walmart Choice Steak Challenge a couple weeks ago, with Killen winning the grand prize trip to New York. Moving into Caswell's old space seems like a fair trade.

Killen had been looking for the perfect Houston space in which to expand and Stella Sola fit the bill. The deal was made official today and Killen says he will begin build-out immediately. The new space will allow Killen to have a little bit of the feel of the original location of Killen's Steakhouse coupled with creative, inventive and imaginative dishes.

Killen hopes the Heights space will function as a restaurant in which he can be creative. (As noted in this week's Chef Chat, Killen's current clientele in Pearland doesn't allow for much beyond the normal steakhouse fare.) Since opening six years ago, Killen has made his namesake Pearland steakhouse into a destination restaurant with fully booked reservations each weekend.

Keep checking back as we follow Killen throughout the planned redesign of Stella Sola. And you'll have a front row table opening night.



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Location Info

Killen's Steakhouse

2804 S. Main, Pearland, TX

Category: Restaurant

Stella Sola - CLOSED

1001 Studewood, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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12 comments
Break
Break

 Ok, I'm confused. Stella Sola closed because "of the building in which it was housed going up for sale." and  the "building's uncertain future."  So did Killen buy the building, or is Caswell full of it?

Houstess
Houstess

This headline makes it seem Killen's is moving, i.e., closing its Pearland location. After reading it though I'm not at all clear on that.

JMTexas
JMTexas

I give Killens 2 years...max, before closing.

scotter
scotter

So will the Pearland location stay open too when the Heights location opens?

Bruce R
Bruce R

"creative, inventive and imaginative dishes"

Is that the best you can do? Aren't all three of these words pretty much serving the same purpose?

Jim Ayres
Jim Ayres

I am thrilled to hear this. May they have a long and prosperous reign at this great location.

ruthmarie
ruthmarie

i am super happy for ronnie and wish him continued success, cant wait to try the new place

Urban Swank
Urban Swank

I am not going to miss that hike all the way to Pearland :-) I will be patiently waiting...

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Yes; this is just another location with a slightly different concept.

Urban Swank
Urban Swank

 Apparently, this is supposed to be a "second" location.

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