Openings & Closings: New Locations for Pappa Geno's and the Great W'Kana

Categories: Restaurant News

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Photo by Ruthie Johnson Miller via Twitter
Screw the food; I'm in love with the font choices at The Pass & Provisions.
The restaurant that Eater Houston called the most anticipated opening of the year is here, so anticipate no more: The Pass & Provisions had its soft opening on Wednesday night and will be open for business this weekend. No surprise there, as the two-in-one restaurant from Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan had its final Health Department inspection last week.

As a reminder: The Pass is the more upscale side of the restaurant, which is housed in the old Gravitas / Antone's space on Taft. It plans to offer nightly five and eight-course tasting menus, while Provisions -- the more casual side -- will have pastas, pizzas and more low-key fare.

A text from an excited friend who attended Wednesday's soft opening simply read: "OMG. THE BREAD AND CHEESE OPTIONS AT P&P ARE FUCKING LEGIT. It's a symphony of delicious love. And the CHAR on the PIZZA!"

Safe to say, we're all looking forward to seeing what Siegel-Gardner and Gallivan have come up with. But if you just can't wait any longer, check out a copy of the menu at Eater's site.

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Photo by Troy Fields
You need more of this in your life, trust me.
If you've been to Pappa Geno's for Philly cheesesteaks and seen the rush-hour line at dinner, you'll understand why they're busy opening a second location. The new spot will be located at Bellaire and Mapleridge, smack dab in the heart of Bellaire, the restaurant confirmed yesterday afternoon. Prepare for another short wait, though: The opening is taking a while -- as most things do in Houston -- while the owners deal with City permits and other fun red tape.

Speaking of second locations... Good news for fans of the Great W'Kana Cafe in Stafford comes via Alison Cook, who Tweeted: "Great W'Kana Indian restaurant in Stafford Meadows will have a revamped menu in October and Great W'Kana's chef-owner, Sunil Srivastava, has leased a 2nd spot in the strip mall to open an Italian restaurant with a chef from Bombay." The Chronicle food critic continued: "No, it's not gonna be Indian/Italian fusion. Both Srivastiva and his Bombay appointee have cooked Italian for years. Handmade pastas."

The charming Post Office street in Galveston has another new tenant: Farley Girls Cafe (801 Post Office), which recently opened for lunch only during the week. According to the B4-U-Eat newsletter, the owners have their roots in both the Island and in the restaurant biz:

The "girls" are sisters Rosmond Thormahlen and Ryanne Duzich who grew up in the business as their parents created created Fish Tales and Fisherman's Wharf.

Finally, the first of the fall menus hit my inbox yesterday -- and it's from Roost, so you know it's a daisy. Chef Kevin Naderi has a lineup of cool weather dishes waiting for fans, such as sweetbread "piccata" with cauliflower puree and veal jus or good, not-so-old-fashioned chicken 'n' dumplings with pot pie ragout and gnocchi dumplings.



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Location Info

The Pass

807 Taft St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pappa Geno's

1801 Ella Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Great W'kana Cafe

11720 W. Airport Blvd., Stafford, TX

Category: Restaurant

Roost

1972 Fairview St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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StrobotAllen
StrobotAllen

i thought underbelly was the most anticipated Houston restaurant of the year?  Oh well, I guess everyone has moved on from Underbelly Tapas Restaurant.  Hopefully Pass and Provisions puts "more food on the plate."  Dear Houston gastropubs, quit trying to  tell me that small portions are correct--give me a lot with the option of an artisanal crafted, locally sourced  to go box for leftovers.

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

any idea on the ETA for the new Papa Geno's?????

slumpville
slumpville

What are Pass and Provision's hours?

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @StrobotAllenUnderbelly isn't a gastropub, FYI. And while I agree that tiny portions are incredibly obnoxious, I'd argue that the portions at Underbelly are just right. I hate seeing a plate piled high with excess food just as much as I hate stingy little portions of things.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @texmex01 I wish that I knew. When I talked to them yesterday, they sounded as if they didn't know themselves. City paperwork hassles...

StrobotAllen
StrobotAllen

 @kshilcutt Kshilcutt--love your articles!  Point taken on the gastropub.  and underbelly did taste good, i just needed more!  Especially the Korean goat braised somethings--really good but not enough.  I know they have more goat, i see them hanging in the window of that butcher shop! :)

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

 @kshilcutt the heights location is too far for a lunch run from 610/Telephone Rd, but Bellaire, thats easy pickings!

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