Are We There Yet? Restaurants We're Excited About for 2013
Wonder Twin Powers, Activate! Form of...a Steakhouse!
Photos by Kimberly Park Ronnie Killen, right, was originally going to move into the restaurant space vacated by chef Bryan Caswell, left.
What do you get when you take two Houstonians most known for their magical meat powers and combine them into one powerhouse restaurant? CK's Steakhouse from Ronnie Killen and Ricky Craig. The steakhouse plans to open in Heights -- not too far from Hubcap Grill, owned by Craig, and will incorporate many of the techniques employed to great acclaim at Killen's Steakhouse in Pearland, owned by Killen.
The new steakhouse serves, in a way, to replace the plans that Killen had to open an outpost of that popular Pearland restaurant -- plans which fell through when negotiations with the landlords at the proposed location (the site of the former Bedford and Stella Sola) didn't work out. According to Alison Cook at the Chronicle, CK's Steakhouse will offer "more adventurous dishes that don't necessarily play well at the Pearland location."
Photo by Troy Fields A new chain in the works?
A planned second location of Coppa Ristorante Italiano in Rice Village brings an infusion of fresh blood to an area in which restaurants seemingly open and then stay open for life. But owners Charles Clark and Grant Cooper have even bigger plans for the restaurant in the long run, hinting to CultureMap's Sarah Rufca that they want Coppa to be the next Carrabba's.
Another young restaurant with big plans for expansion (although probably not as big as Coppa's...yet) is Liberty Kitchen, which announced plans to move into the old Vida Sexy Tex-Mex space on San Felipe. In a press release, owners Lee Ellis and Lance Fegen called Liberty Kitchen Bar & Oysterette "a "big brother to the original Liberty Kitchen," and said that it "should be described as 'similar but not the same.'"
And the brand-new, free-standing Facundo Cafe at 3713 Alba Road will soon offer an alternative to getting your breakfast taco and burger fix inside the car wash on Ella at the original Facundo Cafe. (Although, let's be honest -- isn't that part of the charm in the first place?)