2012: The Year in Openings and Closings

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Here it is. The wooly mammoth of a post that we provide to you as a public service every year. All of 2012's openings and closings, listed by month, without fanfare or commentary. This is just the nitty gritty of every single restaurant whose doors have shut or opened in the last 12 months.


January 2012: Openings

Akaihi Japanese Restaurant, 7316 Louetta Road, Suite B100, Spring, 832-717-4999
Bistro by Ruggles, 507 Westheimer, 713-,524-1000
Bulldogs Sports Pub and Grill, 7214 FM 1488, Suite 101, Magnolia, 281-259-2174
The Burger Guys at Cafe Luz, 907 Franklin
Georgia's Market Downtown, 420 Main, 713-225-0990
Gordon Street Tavern, 113 East Sealy, Alvin, 281-968-7402
Island Grill, 1331 Augusta, 713-266-7600
Kublai Khan, 10001 Westheimer, 713-532-2927
Latin Bites Cafe, 5709 Woodway, 713-229-8369
Molina's Cantina, 3810 Bellaire, 713-432-1626
Spread'z, 11622 FM 1764, Suite 1, Sante Fe, 409-440-8448
Texas Que Smokehouse, 1504 Airline, 713-861-1300
V21 Vodka & Vino, 5317 Washington, 713-863-9979

January 2012: Closings

Barcadia Bar & Grill, 2600 Travis
Cabo, The Original Mix-Mex Grill, 419 Travis
Cahill's On Durham, 903 Durham
Dona Lydia Mexican Restaurant, 8905 Louetta, Spring
Fat Mike's at The Market, 17045 Stuebner Airline, Spring
Feng's Chinese Buffet, 5901 Westheimer
Gravitas, 807 Taft
Health Fountain Restaurant, 1331 Augusta
Los Compadres, 19620 Kuykendahl, Spring
Maggie Rita's Mexican, 111 23rd Street, Galveston
Ruggles 11th Street Cafe, 748 E. 11th Street
Sugar Blossom Treats, 12020 FM 1960 West
Trio Steakhouse and Bar, 114 Vintage Park Boulevard, Suite H
Trios Downunder, 10535 Westheimer
Toku Sushi, 10001 Westheimer, Suite 1040

February 2012: Openings

Artisans Restaurant, 3201 Louisiana, 713-529-9111
El Asador Mexican, 3750 S. Mason Road, Katy, 832-321-4954
Fruit Frenzy, 5901 Westheimer, 713-781-0344
The Hay Merchant, 1100 Westheimer, 713-523-9805
Hightower Deli & Cafe, 14141 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, 281-491-5236
JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers, 3501 W. Holcombe, 713-664-2874
La Fisheria, 4705 Inker, 713-802-1712
Lucky's Seafood Restaurant, 8061 FM 1960, Atascocita, 281-812-8819
Nothing Bundt Cakes, 1531 Highway 6, Sugar Land, 281-491-2253
Orange Lunch Box, 1379 South Voss, 713-783-1626
Pho Quyen, 313 Rankin, Suite D, 281-209-2005
Pollo Campero, 4701 Washington Avenue, 713-863-8200
Pook's Crawfish Hole, 4015 FM 646, Santa Fe, 409-440-8481
Resie's Chicken and Waffles, 233 W. Greens Road, 281-248-4392
Roots Bistro, 507 Westheimer, 713-524-1000
Scott Gertner's Houston Pavilions, 1201 Fannin, 713-829-6970
Three Brothers Bakery, 12393 Kingsride, 713-464-2253
Uchi Houston, 904 Westheimer, 713-522-4808
Underbelly, 1100 Westheimer, 713-528-9800

February 2012: Closings

Cantina de Tejas, 28777 I-45, Shenandoah
Convey Sushi, 801 Congress
Fuzzy's Taco, 9630 Jones Road
Gugliani's Italian Grill, 1206 Spring-Cypress, Spring
Late Nite Pie, 302 Tuam
Ruggles American Bistro, 903 Westheimer
Wok Bo, 12270 Westheimer
Zorro's Buffet, 9501 Southwest Fwy

March 2012: Openings

Another Broken Egg Cafe, 19075 I-45 South, Shenandoah, 936-273-2011
Big Horn BBQ, 2300 Smith Ranch Road, Pearland, 281-741-3289
Chewy's Creole Soul, 1030 Teal, 713-672-3962
Datt's It, 10101 Bissonnet, 281-888-6459
District 7 Grill, 1001 Louisiana, Suite B30, 713-654-1300
El Tiempo Cantina, 114 Vintage Park Boulevard, 281-374-0500
Green Seed Vegan Cafe, 4320 Almeda, 713-487-8346
Katsuya by Starck, 2800 Kirby, 713-590-2800
LA Bar, 4302 Richmond, 713-355-2227
Las Marias Taco Bar, 8505 Airline Drive, 281-447-5577
Maggie Rita's, 1650 Post Oak Boulevard, 713-623-6060
Michelle's Cajun Shack, 321 North Gulf Boulevard, Freeport, 979-373-0003
Oxheart, 1302 Nance, 832-830-8592
The Tasting Room, 1660 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Kingwood, 281-361-0044
The Union Kitchen, 12538 Memorial Drive, 713-360-2000
Zunum, 1620 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, 281-419-5400

March 2012: Closings

Burger Fresh, 1000 West Main, Tomball
Chez Roux, 600 La Torretta, Montgomery
Crossroads Cafe, 801 Postoffice, Galveston
Delesandri's Gourmet Cupcakes, 620 Marina Bay Drive, Clear Lake Shores
Guadalajara Bakery, 4003 Washington Avenue
Mama's Cafe, 6019 Westheimer
Taco Cabana, 5540 Richmond

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Kylejack topcommenter

I heard Bo Lee on Mintz is closing today. The guy I heard it from says they've been around for 25 years or so? Dunno.


@randomyummies I went a few weeks back, and it was pretty fantastic. Great craft beer list and local artwork, too.


Lai Lai Dumpling House SHOULD be closed. Ate there last night after a long absence and thought it was the pits. Asked my Chineses friends what happened, and found out that the original Taiwanese family sold it to a Chinese family and it nose-dived in quality. (You should remove it from your recommendations, until you try it again---or at least update: they do take credit cards).

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A few missing for December openings that opened a few weeks ago and last week: 

* Nobi Public House - the craft beer bar off-shoot in Webster/Friendswood of it's Asian restaurant counterpart in Friendswood.

* The Barrel & Brew - craft beer bar/restaurant in Stafford

*Pizza L'Vino (was tentatively named DoughVino a few months before it opened) -
pizza, craft beer, and wine restaurant in Montrose.

 * Hank's Crawfish opened another location in NW Houston on 1960 last week.

* Bambu Desserts & Drinks Houston - an Asian tapioca, smoothie, and juice chain in Little Asia (New Chinatown)


Note that one of your Top 10 in Chinatown closed: Seoul House.

Also, I found a terrific new place for sashimi and sushi and oysters that just opened next to Lakewood Church: Mirichu Sushi. Super highly recommended!!


@EatingOurWords yes, their pizza crust has fantastic flavor, and I love their tempeh hoagie (who knew tempeh would make a good sandwich?!)


Seoul House was reported above as closed in November, but is not actually closed. 

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