Openings & Closings: Coastal Crossing Crosses Over

Categories: Restaurant News

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Get your Brazilian burgers at the new Copacabana.
Two of our favorite late-night destinations have been split apart from one another, thanks to the sale of the strip center at Westheimer and Locke Lee Lane: Genji and Friends Pizzeria. Genji moved a few weeks back to a new location at 11124 Westheimer (near Wilcrest) and is still the destination for Japanese karaoke and omelets covered in ketchup.

Friends Pizzeria, reports B4-U-Eat, is moving to 2825 South Kirkwood (between Richmond and Westheimer) and is changing its name. The newly christened Copacabana Pizzeria will still serve owner Ronaldo Gomes's excellent Brazilian burgers and pizzas, but will now have a full bar and table service.

In other news, lots of new chain locations are descending upon the city...

Zoe's Kitchen is opening its 70th location across 12 states in Houston. The new River Oaks spot at 3838 Westheimer will open its doors on November 1.

Grimaldi's Pizzeria is continuing its expansion into Texas and will open its third Houston location in La Centerra at Cinco Ranch. The coal-fired pizza place will feature 3,600 square feet of indoor dining and patio space.

And finally, Smashburger will celebrate the opening of its 13th Houston location (and the third inside the Loop) when the new Heights location at 174 Yale Street opens this Monday, October 22.

And in closings, sad news from Alvin, where Coastal Crossing Grill has already shut its doors after replacing the Barbed Rose Steakhouse in July. We never got to try those Creole grilled oysters, and for that we are bummed. At least Gordon Street Tavern -- from the same Alvin restaurant group -- remains open.

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Location Info

Friends Pizzeria - CLOSED

7952 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Genji Japanese Restaurant and Karaoke Bar

11124 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Zoe's Kitchen

3701 S. Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Grimaldi's Coal Brick Oven Pizzeria

16535 SW Freeway ., Sugar Land, TX

Category: Restaurant


7811 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Coastal Crossing Grill - CLOSED

113 E. Sealy St., Alvin, TX

Category: Restaurant

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That sucks about Coastal Crossing. Never got to try it, and there aren't many good eateries here in Alvin :(


So I heard the Tasting Room folk(s) bought the shuttered Wendy's on Westheimer. Are they planning on opening a new location there? (I only heard this from a reliable source; can't confirm if it's true.)


Omelets covered in ketchup?  eeuww.

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 @jimbo1126 Interesting. That's the first I've heard, although I noticed earlier this week that the Wendy's has a for lease sign in the window still.


 @Jalapeno Omurice is really good. Please give it a try before making the ewwww remark.

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