Openings & Closings: Goodbye to Tex, Mex and Czech

Categories: Restaurant News

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As of today, Jeannine's Bistro remains closed in Montrose with no word from owner Andrew Klarman as to its eventual reopening date. The popular Belgian bistro closed temporarily this past Saturday due to staffing issues.

Plenty of other doors were shut this week, too, including the beloved Olde Towne Kolaches bakery on Memorial Drive. According to Houstonia food editor Robb Walsh, the Czech-style kolache shop is looking for a "new location in the Memorial neighborhood." The original Olde Towne at 12037 Northwest Freeway is still open.

And to no one's great surprise, Pepper Jack's Mexican Grill and Cantina closed its doors this week as well. Sources say that after Cabo moved out of the two-story downtown space near Market Square Park, the landlords figured it would be simple to continue operating a Tex-Mex restaurant in the same spot. Running a restaurant ain't easy work, though, and Pepper Jack's never recaptured the old Cabo audience -- but it did garner some fairly mediocre reviews on Yelp.

In other Tex-Mex farewells, owners Terry Flores and Lily Hernandez have announced that they'll be closing Bocados on May 5, after a final Cinco de Mayo fiesta. CultureMap reports that Flores and Hernandez won't be gone for long, however. The pair plan to open a new restaurant downtown, called The Red Ox.

CultureMap also reports that the old Bocados location won't be empty for long: Lafayette-based restaurant Brick & Spoon is moving in. This will be the second location of the Creole-and-cocktails restaurant, although its first location in Lafayette just opened. According to its Facebook page, owners Ryan Trahan and Bryan Jewell also plan a Brick & Spoon location for Orange Beach, Alabama in the near future.

Now open is Federal American Grill, which replaced Branch Water Tavern and which also seems to have somewhat dropped its middle name and is mostly going by simply "The Federal Grill." The menu of upscale comfort food -- featuring dishes such as barbecued bone marrow and a smoked pork chop with pimento cheese polenta -- is being overseen by executive chef Michael Hoffman and chef Antoine Ware.

Finally, it looks like a sleuth has found the address for Moon Tower Inn's new project, the Voodoo Queen: 322 Milby, which most recently housed Joe's Bar & Grill in the shadow of the massive Maximus coffee plant off Harrisburg. The rear of the building houses a washerteria, which we hope to God is still operating when Voodoo Queen opens. Spin cycles are like laundry's little booze breaks.



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Location Info

Jeannine's Bistro - CLOSED

106 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pepper Jack's - CLOSED

419 Travis St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bocados - CLOSED

1312 W. Alabama, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Branch Water Tavern - CLOSED

510 Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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14 comments
henrique
henrique

Sadness: I just saw a truck loading up stuff at Jeannine's Bistro. Maybe they will be joining forces with Catherine at Cafe Brussels...?

JayC
JayC

what is going in on Memorial where the failed French bistro and previous Golden Hunan was?  I heard its going to be a restaurant.

pbd007
pbd007

Re Brick and Spoon. Are you sure that shouldn't be Orange Beach, Alabama rather than California

MWC2
MWC2

Congrats to chef Hoffman. Great guy!!

henrique
henrique

How in the world does Casa del Caballo stay open in the spot that was previously La Strada, Caffe Bello and   Don Julio's? The place was empty when I went for a noon lunch and the parking lot remains empty 90% of the time. I'm giving them 3 months.

J.A.Justice
J.A.Justice

@henrique Considering that's his Ex-wife and they've already split a Belgian restaurant once in their history...somehow I doubt that.

Jalapeno
Jalapeno

@JayC If you are talking about the former Hunan Emperor and French Gourmet Bakery that were in the same center as Rice, neither have failed, both have relocated.  Union Kitchen has opened on one end and CVS on the other.

Dalton
Dalton

@Craigley 

How dare you slander Bocados, sir? CultureMap calls them a "Beloved Montrose neighborhood restaurant ", and mourns their passing.

I am however more concerned about Jeannine's: it was the only place I've found where the mussels were consistently clean and plump and bursting with flava. Great fries too, other items a little timeworn, but still decent. Hope they don't vanish...

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

I keep intending to try that joint but "House of the Horse," is less than appetizing. 

JayC
JayC

@Jalapeno no its the property on Memorial at Westcott across from the new Black Walnut,
 

Robish
Robish

Right?  I laughed so hard when that sign went up.  Which is right around the time they kept reporting on Europe's mis-labeled horse meat scandal.  I'm gonna have to pass on this one.

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