Openings & Closings: Saint Arnold for Lunch, Goro & Gun for Dinner

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Photo courtesy of Saint Arnold Brewery
Chef Ryan Savoie will have a new three-course prix-fixe lunch every day at the brewery.
A happy Friday morning comes with some happy news from around the city. First is the announcement that Goro & Gun -- the hotly awaited downtown ramen shop on Main Street -- will officially be open for business today at 4 p.m. Goro & Gun is only serving dinner for now, but lunch looks to be in its future.

Saint Arnold Brewery also started serving its lunch program this week, with today as its third day in operation. "Getting hungry for today's @SaintArnold lunch," wrote founder Brock Wagner on Twitter yesterday afternoon. "Come eat the noble swine cooked with root beer. Claim you only drank root beer too." Chef Ryan Savoie will be serving a new, three-course prix-fixe menu every weekday from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m, with menus announced in advance on Saint Arnold's website.

A reader wrote in earlier this week worried that Cafe Rita -- the much loved Armenian-Lebanese mom-and-pop restaurant -- on Dairy Ashford had closed. Don't worry, foul fans: Cafe Rita has simply moved. Its new address is 2352 Dairy Ashford, which westsiders will know as the old Steak It Easy spot.

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Marfreless hopes to reopen in a new location.
Now for the sad news: Houston is losing a legend. Marfreless is closing after 40 years of being known as the city's preeminent makeout bar and one of its hidden treasures. The bar behind the blue door in the River Oaks Shopping Center never had a sign, but its fans always found their way.

"Marfreless' owners have been trying to do whatever they could to keep the bar operational but other entities involved weren't budging in regards to the rising cost of doing business, making it impossible to keep the business at this location," the bar stated on its website. "To save this distinguished community establishment, Marfreless is currently looking at other locations."

Meanwhile, Montrose juice bar Roots Juice closed after less than a year in business. Whitney Radley reports in CultureMap that "while the details following former general manager Becki O'Brien's late-February departure are unclear, we're happy to report that the juices are still on the menu and back to normal -- except that they're now on the menu next door at Roots Bistro."

In other noteworthy closures, Les Givral Kahve on Market Square served its last banh mi last Friday. Owner Qui Ly was tight-lipped as to why the shop was closing -- especially in the wake of all the new openings around a reinvigorated Market Square -- but told the Houston Chronicle's Syd Kearney there "is a slight chance that [Les Givral] will come back with [its] BanhMieria concept."

Lastly, two Houston locations of nationwide chain Seasons 52 Fresh Grill are scheduled to open soon. One at 4410 Westheimer, which is the location of a silly-sounding development called High Street (this isn't England; we don't have High Streets in our towns or cities) and one in Memorial at CityCentre. At least Seasons 52 Fresh Grill's incredibly silly name matches its silly new spot on Westheimer.



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Location Info

Goro & Gun - CLOSED

306 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Saint Arnold Brewery

2000 Lyons Ave., Houston, TX

Category: General

Cafe Rita - CLOSED

2352 S. Dairy Ashford St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Marfreless

2006 Peden, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Roots Juice - CLOSED

507 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Les Givral's Kahve - CLOSED

801 Congress St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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8 comments
mittydarjeeling
mittydarjeeling

Agree, but glad they are trying it, despite a lot of obstacles given their location. They need to reach out to folks who are more into food than beer, and more into adventure than strictly food. The beer crowd ain't where it's going to happen, especially if you hire a guy as talented as Ryan.

flaggler
flaggler

This lunch thing is a pure plaything for Saint Arnold. They will never build a lunch business tweeting to their list of followers. 

Frankie_Candido
Frankie_Candido

Just wanted to say that Voice Media commenting software blows big chunks. Can't see any reader comments on any VV sites...

fmontes
fmontes

I am eager to try the new lunch menu at Saint Arnold and visit Goro & Gun.

J.A.Justice
J.A.Justice

@flaggler Good point, the thousand people who attend the tasting room every week don't even like food.   And no business has ever successfully marketed solely via twitter.  Not a single food truck ever.  EVER,

Bryson32
Bryson32

@J.A.Justice @flaggler  

I'm curious if any food trucks are profitable? Do you know which ones are the most successful financially? And if so, are these trucks essentially stationary adjuncts to a place, in the sense they don't vary where they appear daily or weekly? Thanks JJ

J.A.Justice
J.A.Justice

@Bryson32 @J.A.Justice @flaggler Are food trucks profitable?  Somehow I doubt they'd be out every day in the thousands if not.

But to answer your questions, Bernie's Burger Bus went from start up less than three years ago and now has a fleet of 3 trucks and cleared well over 6 figures last year.  Several food trucks in Houston alone have parlayed their success into brick and mortar locations. Austin has seen food truck employees become food truck owners. 

We have literally nearly one thousand taco trucks.  Are they all profitable  No, like most business I am sure they aren't, but there is a reason there are so many.

I am not privy to P&L for Houston's trucks but if I had to guess, Bernie's would almost assuredly be at the top of the list.

And yes, all of the trucks I mentioned in my recent taco piece have semi-permanent locations they park at.  That may change, but most of them stay situated.

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