Openings & Closings: Guess What Women Don't Care About? Food.

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As we mentioned a few weeks back, Roots Bistro has been planning to open up a little sister spot next door. That spot -- a juice bar -- is now open. Roots Juice is a fast-casual juice bar as well as a cafe, offering a small vegan menu that partner Rebecca O'Brien calls "the crunchy little sister" to the bistro next door.

That menu includes items such as vegan zucchini muffins; a selection of gluten-free and grain-free pastries; granola with coconut yogurt and seasonal fruit, raw "squashta" with shredded carrot, cilantro, tomato, pumpkin seeds and almond sauce; cold soba salad with cashew, sweet corn, cucumber and Korean BBQ dressing; fresh vegetable nori rolls; chevre, avocado and sprout sandwiches on house-made foccacia, plus chocolate fig mousse.

As for the juices, look for selections like the Alchemy with carrot and ginger; Green Age Dreams with spinach, celery, parsley, cilantro, lime, fennel and cucumber; Beet It with carrot, jalapeno, cucumber, celery, spinach and beet; Kale Take with kale, cucumber, spinach, pear, apple and lime; and Elixir #1 with orange, apple, ginger and cilantro. There are even smoothies available, such as the Up with peach, strawberry, orange, ginger, agave and maca; Kombu-cha-cha with banana, ginger, vanilla, cherry and kombucha; and OMGoji with Goji berry, strawberry, agave, coconut oil, vanilla and almond butter.

Roots Juice is currently open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended hours to come.

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Photo by Batli Joselevitz
You can now get LBBB's burgers at Crazy J's Icehouse.
Only a few blocks away down Westheimer, look for Rosemont Social Club to open soon. According to CultureMap, the old Prive space will now host a lounge intended to cater to the crowds streaming in and out of Uchi each night (and, soon, Southside Espresso and Brande). Says Sarah Rufca, Rosemont is "planning a menu of light bites and a cocktail program," but is still looking for a head mixologist to bring it all together.

Meanwhile, Bayou Place's restaurant row is whole once again: Little Napoli has opened in the old Mingalone space downtown, between Samba Grille and The Blue Fish.

Elsewhere downtown, the Chronicle reports that a new location of Houston chain Barnaby's will be moving into the old Convey space on Market Square. If any restaurant has a chance of making it at the tough location, it's Barnaby's, which plans to open in August.

More details have emerged about 024 Grille, the steakhouse that recently replaced Trattoria Il Mulino in Memorial. A press release calls it a "classic steakhouse with an intimate bistro feel" that will be offering "28-day wet-aged steaks, ocean-fresh seafood, Colorado lamb and lighter local favorites" from executive chef Dagan Lynn.

The new restaurant plans to be open breakfast, lunch and dinner -- a smart move if you're located in the lobby of a busy hotel -- and is also offering something it calls "SuperFoodsRx items" at breakfast, which include dishes made from "powerhouse ingredients and antioxidants, including berry, apple and granola muesli, organic
egg white and all-natural turkey omelet, steel-cut cinnamon-scented oatmeal and blueberry and orange granola pancakes." But that's not all: Head next door and you'll find 024 Lounge, which will have "spirited libations and light bites until late into the night."

If you love Little Bitty Burger Barn but were always disappointed you couldn't get a beer with your burger, prepare to rejoice. Owner Ricardo Luna has opened a companion bar for his burger joint: Crazy J's Icehouse. The bar is located two short blocks away from LBBB on Pinemont and is currently open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to midnight.

The best thing about Crazy J's isn't the fact that the neighborhood now has an awesome little icehouse nor the fact that it has a daily happy hour from 2 to 7 p.m. The best thing about Crazy J's is that you'll be able to order from LBBB's menu while you drink, which means some of the best burgers and wings in town with your craft beer.

Location Info

Roots Bistro - CLOSED

507 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Uchi

904 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Samba Grille - CLOSED

530 Texas Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Blue Fish

550 Texas St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Barnaby's

1701 Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Little Bitty Burger Barn

5503 Pinemont Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Frank's Americana Revival & White Star Bar

3736 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Ricardo Luna
Ricardo Luna

Don't forget Thursday Steak Night...12oz Handcut Ribeye with loaded baked potatoe from 5PM-7PM...cooked to order, you said you wanted it "blue" or "mooing?

'stina
'stina

I think the Ninfas crossover happened a few weeks ago.  I went over to the Ninfas on Kirby a few weeks ago to pick up some tortillas to go, and I was horrified to discover that they don't make 'em in house anymore.  Plus, their salsa changed.   I would go there for my fresh tortilla fix mainly because it's closer to my house than Navigation, but back to the homeland I go.   (There are stories about me eating a jalapeno thinking it was a pickle  while waiting in line on Navigation when I was about three, and the ladies there gave me a tortilla to help staunch the crying.  Well over 35 years ago.) 

Mlacey1046
Mlacey1046

What's the over under on Maggie Rita's on Kirby.  I say 75 days.

mike
mike

RR has become a bit more of a twitter curmudgeon than chef.  Will be interested to see if he still has his chops.  Bootsie's was wonderful.

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