June 2012 Openings & Closings: Nightmares and Dreamscapes

Categories: Restaurant News

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Correspondence this week from the "It Was Only a Matter of Time" department confirmed that The Moghul's has closed. After one disastrous visit to the place, I was never inclined to go back -- and it appears the restaurant left other guests with the same impression.

Moving into the spot, however, is another restaurant which I'm already wary of: Harvest Live Grille & Bar, whose move into the former Moghul's (and former Champps) space will mark its second location in Houston. I've only had one meal so far at its Fountainview location and came away terribly unimpressed, but -- unlike The Moghul's -- not so blatantly offended that I won't return to try its all-organic menu at some point in the future.

In other vaguely disappointing news, Bennigan's is reopening in Houston. And just after I finished beaming with pride over the fact that virtually none of Consumer Reports' top nine U.S. chains are located here. Just terrific. More Bennigan's. It's like waking up from a pleasant dream only to find that you haven't actually woken up and are actually now in the midst of a nightmare BECAUSE BENNIGAN'S.

However! There is good news on the horizon...

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Photo courtesy of J. Black's Feel Good Lounge
Now open...
For one, The Petrol Station has finally reopened its kitchen after some renovations. Patrons who missed the signature burgers had their appetites slaked by a cadre of food trucks that were in near-constant rotation and which will certainly be missed. On the other hand, it's good to have Petrol's kitchen back and intact once again.

Long-awaited Austin import J. Black's Feel Good Lounge finally opened this past week after months of construction/renovation in the former Phil's Texas Barbecue spot along Washington Avenue. According to its Twitter account, the restaurant had been keeping busy prior to the opening by supplying free sliders to residents at the neighboring Archstone Memorial Heights apartment complex. That's one way to ensure local loyalty...

And another import -- this one from Dallas -- has finally opened in Midtown, in the space formerly occupied by here-and-gone Tex-Mex joint Ruby Tequila's. Gloria's Restaurant offers a fairly straightforward Tex-Mex menu of its own with a few twists, such as its signature "Salvatex Combinations" section. There you'll find dishes such as asado de puerco Salvatex with ancho chiles and black beans. There's also an entire Comida Salvadoreña section with classics like lechón asado and carne adobada.

Finally, according to B4-U-Eat, brand-new bakery JavaCakes in La Porte had just opened on June 4 -- and then tragedy struck: The restaurant was hit by burglars and had to close. JavaCakes has regrouped, however, says B4-U-Eat: "[T]heir Grand Opening is Saturday, June 30. 100th customer on Saturday wins a free drink and pastry for a year."

On the next page, a round-up of all the openings and closings from June 2012....


Location Info

Moghul's Restaurant and Lounge - CLOSED

11681 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Harvest Live Grille & Bar

1810 Fountain View Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Petrol Station

985 Wakefield, Houston, TX

Category: Music

J. Black's Feel Good Lounge

110 S. Heights Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Gloria's

2616 Louisiana St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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GoldenFork
GoldenFork

Y'all should checkout Sol Cafe Mejicano.Let me copy & paste for you..1205 Travis, 713-651-0049...You'll leave with the feeling, "Wow, that's the best mexican I've had in a LOOOOnnnnggg time.." Seriously, check them out if you're in downtown.

Mister Kay
Mister Kay

Tried the Kings Head Pub on Saturday evening. Wondered why there were so few customers but quickly understood upon entering. They had the LOUDEST ANGRY HEAVY METAL music. Stayed for one beer and couldn't stand it anymor and had to leave. What was the management thinking ? Heavy metal angry base blaring so loud that the customers could barely hear each other is OK for a rock scenario...but clearly wrong for a pub.......

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

 I will still say that, while I will probably never order it again, the Monte Cristo was freaking genius.  On par with JITB's Collossus burger back in the 90's.  Chili's, even though it was originated in Houston, doesn't have that signature meal.

Jim Ayres
Jim Ayres

I guess you saw that Ava closed. Wonder how much longer Alto will last, as the one space alone isn't big enough for the rumored Del Frisco's.

Dustin Kalman
Dustin Kalman

On the potential sunny side of Bennigan's, it should be a rebranded, modernized place. Not the Bennigan's you remember as they finally have updated the concept some. Had they done that over the years like Chili's did, they may have not faced bankruptcy.

Corey
Corey

The sooner the better.. I only check the closed restaurants tab now, as the reviews are beyond terrible, and chock full of suburbanite drivel.

STFU
STFU

Wait let me get this straight.  You fuckwits are arguing over BENNIGANS?   Listen, Im complete white trash.  suburb raised, know my way around Tomball, dyed in the walmart synthetic wool white trash.  I eat at CiCi's for God's sake.  That said, bennigans is still a fucking joke.  I knew it was awful when I was 12. All of you, regardless of side, please just facepalm your septum straight into your frontal lobe. You read a fucking food blog.  AND ITS BENNIGANS.

Katie M. Nelson
Katie M. Nelson

that doesn't mean that I hate chains as a whole...FoxGetPositionWork.blogspot.com

just saying
just saying

Bonefish is awesome.  I first had the opportunity to try it when I was interning in Rockville, MD.  Buuuuuuuuuuut, why is it in Webster?! > : (

Angeli Wahlstedt
Angeli Wahlstedt

About Consumer Reports' Top 9 restaurants not in Houston...I hate to tell ya this, but there is already one from that list here in Houston -- Le Peep. I've seen this in several locations, including one at that odd shopping center, Shepherd Plaza.

Chipanderson
Chipanderson

I agree with you on The Moghuls. It was the worst and most overpriced Indian buffet I had ever experienced. I wrote a review on B4-U-Eat predicting their demise within 6 months but they made me edit my review saying I was not permitted to predict the closing of any restaurant. Guess what - I missed the closing by a few months but I was right.

Jim Ayres
Jim Ayres

Already looks like Gloria's is a mob scene. I think it will last a wee bit longer than Ruby Tequila's :)

Corey
Corey

 Yes please, and thank you..  Those who deserve praise get it readily, don't worry. :)

YesPlease
YesPlease

Jeez, Corey - who peed in your wheaties today?  Can't you say anything nice about anyone? 

Corey
Corey

Kudos for some of the worst restaurant names ever.. And the place formerly known as Phil's is still an aircraft hangar posing as a restaurant, have a good 2-3 months guys, 6 if you're lucky. Pitiful..

katie
katie

I am silly excited for Bonefish.

Quintah
Quintah

Bennigan's?! Bennigans! I get another shot at trying to destroy myself with their Monte Cristo. Yum.

Floatdub
Floatdub

 and J Alexander's, the Houston's clone. There's one at Wilcrest and Westheimer in the old ....wait for it...Houston's.

MadMac
MadMac

How long you figure before B4-U-Eat goes down for the count?

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