Openings & Closings: Pico's Mex-Mex and More Are Movin' on Up

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Karanchos is taking its tacos de trompo to a new audience.
If this week's roundup of openings and closings had a theme song, it would be "Movin' On Up" from The Jeffersons.

Pico's Mex-Mex is doing just that, by vacating its old Bellaire location to move into the recently closed Maggie Rita's at Richmond and Kirby. The Houston Chronicle's Alison Cook broke the news earlier this week that owner Arnaldo Richards will open the new-and-improved Pico's in about eight months.

Richards had long been looking to move his popular Mexican restaurant inside the Loop, but our own tipster tells us that the old Bellaire location won't be abandoned completely; Richards will likely use the space to house Pico's massive catering operations.

Cook also broke the news that Karanchos -- the Channelview taco trailer which recently topped our list of Houston's 10 best tacos -- is opening a second location in Seabrook.

Earlier this week, we reported on the news that Bobby Heugel and Alba Huerta of the newly-formed Clumsy Butcher restaurant group would be opening a tequila bar at 310 Main. But if you paid attention to that post, you should have noticed an additional blind item: a dessert and coffee cafe that's slated for the old Cielo space at 300 Main.

Elsewhere downtown, the second location of Korean fusion restaurant Kobecue is now open at 1001 Texas. The old tenant, Napoli Ristorante Italiano, has opened in a swank new spot at Bayou Place, next to new wine bar The Wine Cellar -- both at 540 Texas. And another downtown watering hole is now open: Bad News Bar at 308 Main, which served its first drinks last week.

Swamplot reports that beloved South Houston diner Frank's Grill is moving -- but not very far from its old Telephone Road digs. The grill is "closing and moving south about a tenth of a mile," says the real estate website, into "the recently completed strip center on Telephone and Fairway."

The website also reports additional Telephone Road activity closer to town. A new ice cream shop is moving into the Tlaquepaque Market next to Bohemeo's and Kanomwan: Scoops, which is replacing a nail salon at 724 Telephone.

And in a final bit of sweet news, it's been confirmed that the first Inner Loop location of Dunkin' Donuts is headed into the old Arby's spot at Shepherd and Fairview. An additional 15 locations of the chain are planned for the greater Houston area.

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So what's up? Almost a year later they have not moved, and progress on the Kirby location seems to have come to a standstill.

FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Pico's has expanded before with less than desirable results.  Trying out a new location is one thing, but moving from the Bellaire location?  Really, really poor idea.


The only people that go to Duncan Donuts for their donuts are people who haven't discovered Shipley Do-nuts.


I seem to recall that Pico's once had a second location at Kirby and the SW Fwy. That didn't go over so well, IIRC. 


@OffBeet You are correct but do not underestimate the cult of Dunkin' in New England.  They literally choke out Starbucks in Boston  All of the yankee ex-pats down here love Dunkin' Donuts blindly and with full fervor.

MadMac topcommenter

@RebeccaS If I remember correctly, that location gave about two dozen people food poisoning. Not even the bar-sitters came back. That plus the construction and high rent did them in.

texmex01 topcommenter

@RebeccaS that was during all of the construction, no place at that intersection (outside of Taco Cabana and the old Thai place) survived...

Bruce_Are topcommenter

@J.A.Justice @OffBeet  

Shipley's make great glazed donuts and for some reason that's what Texans think of when they think of donuts. In pretty much every category Dunkin is better, e.g., donuts, coffee, and I don't think Shipley's even makes bagels. Shipley's does make some pretty boring kolaches that are inferior to the kolaches made by just about everyone else.

FattyFatBastard topcommenter

@texmex01 This answer is simply incorrect.  Examples would be Goode Co., Houston's,  Hooters, IHOP, Carabbas, Little Pappasitos, Miyako, Cafe Japon, Le Peep, Amazon, etc.  All are still around.  Even Bennigan's would still be there if the franchise hadn't gone under.

texmex01 topcommenter

@FattyFatBastard well there were 2 different construction issues, the original on 59 that screwed up everything while doing the bridges across, and then the Kirby construction, neither helped, but only the 59 construction would have affected Pico's back then, the rest of your list would have been impacted by the Kirby traffic, and Bennigan's, the thug issue at that location was the downfall, not the traffic....

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