2012: The Year in Openings and Closings

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October 2012: Openings

Adriatic Cafe & Italian Grill, 17402 Northwest Freeway, 713-983-6565
Ba Mien Bistro, 5102 FM 1960 West, 281-781-8138
Biryani Pot Indian Cuisine, 6509 Westheimer, 713-278-8085
Copacabana Pizzeria, 2825 Kirkwood, 281-496-9922
Cottonwood, 3422 North Shepherd, 713-802-0410
Dhaka Cafe, 7200 Eldridge Parkway, 281-988-6232
Etoile Cuisine et Bar, 1101 Uptown Park Boulevard, 832-668-5808
Flamingo Steak & Seafood, 6028 Heards Lane, 409-515-7800
Ganache Dessert Bar, 9305 Spring Cypress, 281-257-6550
Houston By Nite, 6200 Wilcrest, 832-328-1808
Katy Cajun, 406 West Grand Parkway, 832-437-2716
Medicinal Purposes Bar & Grill, 712 7th Street, Galveston, 409-974-4365
Pappa Geno's Steak & Cheese, 5313 Bellaire Boulevard, 713-432-0729
Pesto Italian Bistro, 11720 West Airport Boulevard, 281-879-5525
Pollo Campero, 557 South Mason Road, Katy, 281-392-0030
Sapori Ristorante, 7611 Stewart, Galveston, 409-497-2424
Soup & Salad House, 1260 League City Parkway, League City, 281-724-9265
Southside Espresso, 904 Westheimer, 832-758-7904
Smashburger, 174 Yale, 713-568-4619
Ruggles Green, 15903 City Walk, Sugar Land, 281-565-1175
U-Swirl Frozen Yogurt, 25621 Nelson Way, 281-394-2653
Yummy Mpanadas, 12925 FM 1960, 281-469-8669
Zoe's Kitchen, 3838 Westheimer, 713-621-5597

October 2012: Closings

Cabos Grill, 3474 Palmer Highway, Texas City
Chicago Hot Dog Shack, 954 FM 1960
Coastal Crossing Grill, 113 E Sealy, Alvin
Coffee Oasis, 4650 NASA Parkway, Seabrook
Durango's Restaurante & Cantina, 8445 Gulf Freeway
Yao Restaurant & Bar, 1201 Fannin
Ziggy's Healthy Grill, 702 Main

November 2012: Openings

The Burger Guys, 706 Main, 713-223-4897
Cafe Pita+, 5506 Richmond
Casa De Bravos Mexican Restaurant, 4514 Highway 6, Sugar Land, 281-242-2272
Cheesecake Factory, 500 Baybrook Mall, Friendswood, 281-488-0822
Coco Pazzo by Aura, 3340 FM 1092, Missouri City, 281-403-2872
Cove, 2502 Algerian Way, 713-581-6101
Crisp Wine Bar & Eatery, 2220 Bevis, 713-360-0222
Elevation Burger, 3819 Kirby, 713-524-2909
Fusion Noodle House, 27110 Cinco Ranch Boulevard, Katy, 281-394-5377
Jimmy Changas, 2504 Gulf Freeway, League City, 832-340-2446
The Lodge Texas Tavern & BBQ, 3130 S. Main, Stafford, 281-499-1335
Nonno Tony's World Kitchen, Pier 21 at Harborside Drive, Galveston, 409-621-5100
Nosh Bistro, 3963 Kirby, 713-522-6674
Sultan Turkish Grill, 8050 N. Sam Houston Parkway W., 281-894-5529
Taste of China, 8260 Louetta, 832-717-3888
Walker Steet Gastropub, 2006 Walker, 713-247-0900
Witchcraft Tavern and Provision Co., 1221 W. 11th, 713-426-2750

November 2012: Closings

AURA Restaurant, 3340 FM 1092, Missouri City
Bibas Brooklyn Express, 302 Main
Block 7 Wine Company, 720 Shepherd
Dragon Bowl Asian Bistro, 1221 W. 11th
Frank's Chop House, 3736 Westheimer
Hula Mama's, 8550 FM 1960 W., Humble
Seoul House Restaurant, 10603 Bellaire Boulevard
Ziggy's Bar & Grill, 702 Main

December 2012: Openings

Ambrosia, 2003 Lexington, 832-649-4636
Cravings Grill, 29615 FM 1093, Fulshear, 281-346-8196
Eatsie Boys, 4100 Montrose
El Pollo Regio, 1623 Cypress Creek Parkway, 281-866-0101
Frank's Americana Revival, 3736 Westheimer, 713-572-8600
Hebert's Porterhouse, 21522 FM 2100, Crosby, 281-324-5900
J-Dub's Burger Barn, 5415 E 5th Street, Katy, 832-437-9701
Jimmy Changas, 2504 Gulf Freeway, League City, 832-340-2446
La Casa de Frida, 3452 Ella Boulevard, 713-683-3981
MF Sushi, 5887 Westheimer, 832-530-4321
Papa Mio Italian Cafe, 2006 Lexington, 832-412-1065
Roma's Pizza, 233 Main, 713-222-1184
Sayad Mediterranean Grill, 12225 Westheimer, 281-293-9090
U.S. Smith's BBQ, Beer & Garden, 5512 La Branch, 713-568-2505

December 2012: Closings

901 Postoffice, 901 Postoffice, Galveston
Alto Pizzeria, 2800 Kirby
Doneraki, 2836 Fulton
Goldfish Garden Chinese, 5959 Richmond
H Town Bar & Grill, 5111 Washington Avenue
Maggie Rita's Modern Mex, 3601 Kirby
Mancuso's Hola, 6565 Del Monte Drive
Pancho's Mexican Buffet, 27832 I-45, Conroe
Shoney's On The Go, 12350 Westheimer
Tapas Capriccio, 10865 Jones Road

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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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