Openings & Closings: An Earlier Goodbye from Feast, But a Happy Welcoming of Christine Ha

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Christine Ha will open a restaurant in Houston with the help of Joe Bastianich.
The month of May has seen many restaurants and bars come and go, including a few surprises and an earlier good-bye from a well-loved restaurant, but this week fortunately brought more openings than closings.

As Mai Pham reported, Seasons 52 opened last week on Thursday offering a menu filled with items under 475 calories. You can eat a tasty meal without having to loosen the belt on your pants.

The north Houston and Katy areas received a new place to grab some tacos and authentic Mexican food with the opening of two Taquerias Arandas. Although two sushi restaurants closed their doors last week, B4-U-Eat reports that another one quietly opened in Sugar Land. Aki Steak and Sushi offers typical udon noodle dishes, hibachi grilled entrees and a bountiful amount of sashimi and sushi rolls, including a pink soy paper wrapped crab-and-avocado roll named the Katy Perry Roll.

If you're thinking about traveling to Galveston, you have a few more choices. The Galvez Bar & Grill took the place of the bar and restaurant in the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Galveston last Friday after hotel renovations were complete. The new bar and restaurant offers double bar capacity with enough seating for relaxing, socializing and dining with new menu selections, with a focus on local Gulf seafood, burgers and salads.

Another choice on Seawall Boulevard is at Redfish Pool Bar, as noted by the Houston Chronicle, which sits in front of Casey's Kitchen & Beach Bar, which just so happens to have been renamed Nick's Kitchen & Beach Bar.

To the surprise of many, Eater reports that Hawthorn shut its doors last week and according to Partner Jeff Gainsborough, "For legal reasons we cannot go into details, but we did not want to close."

Photo courtesy of Taco Milagro
Good-bye, Taco Milagro. Maybe we will see you soon?

In other closings this week, Baklava Café in Sugar Land shut its doors last week, along with Juan and Lefty's Mexican Cantina on Louetta Road in Spring as reported by B4-U-Eat.

Taco Milagro closed on May 26 reportedly due to inability to pay rent in the upscale area of Kirby and Westheimer as noted by the Chronicle. There is a possibility that Taco Milagro will re-open in a different location, though.

Fitting for the end of Burger Month, the Heights received another burger restaurant, Chopping Block Gourmet Burgers. From the one review on Yelp it seems as though this place could be a cool place to hang out at lunch, dinner and later in the evening at the full service bar.

Yesterday, Hurricane Grill & Wings held its Grand Opening in the Champions area on FM 1960 West, offering more than 30 flavors of sauces and rubs for the wings. From 3-7 p.m. each weekday, enjoy happy hour with $2 domestic 16-ounce beers, $5 margaritas and half priced appetizers. The franchise has plans to add four more locations in Houston.

Keep an eye out for several restaurants to appear in the coming months.The Chronicle lets us know that Jus' Mac's third location will be taking the space previously occupied by the recently closed Jeannine's Bistro.

Last year's MasterChef champion, Christine Ha, also has plans to open a restaurant in Houston with the assistance of MasterChef judge, Joe Bastianich. Eater reports that information about when the restaurant will open, where it will be and what she will serve is still up in the air, but we can't wait.

Swamplot let us know that the Hungry's in Rice Village is being demolished, only to create a new Hungry's in the same location, which will be a two-story building.

The Woodlands Waterway will also soon receive a Morton's, The Steakhouse in the previous location of Stir Crazy. Although this spot has held several restaurants over the years, maybe this well-known steakhouse will stick around for a while.

For the entire month of openings and closings, head to the next page...

Location Info

Diablo Loco Wings y Mas Sports Bar

6025 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Gran Malo

419 Travis St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Eleven:Eleven Restaurant & Bar

607 W. Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hungry's Cafe

2356 Rice Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hurricane Grill & Wings

4505 Farm to Market 1960, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


700 Durham Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Osteria Mazzantini

2200 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


1517 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Porch Swing Desserts

801 Louisiana St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ruggles Green

748 E. 11th St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Seasons 52

4410 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Pastry War

310 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Nightingale Room

308 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Azteca's Margarita Bar and Grill - CLOSED

2207 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Baklava Cafe - CLOSED

1531 Highway 6, Sugar Land, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Adobe - CLOSED

2111 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Feast - CLOSED

219 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hawthorn - CLOSED

3200 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Juan and Lefty's Mexican Cantina - CLOSED

17381 249, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Jeannine's Bistro - CLOSED

106 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sushi Raku - CLOSED

3201 Louisiana, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Taco Milagro - CLOSED

2555 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Zushi Japanese Cuisine - CLOSED

5900 Memorial, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Nick's Kitchen & Beach Bar

3828 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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