Openings & Closings: Renovated Restaurants and Born-Again Bars

Categories: Restaurant News

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Find chef Kevin Bryant at his new restaurant, Eleven XI.
It was a busy week for openings, so we'll kick things off this Friday with some happy news.

Eleven XI, the new restaurant helmed by chef Kevin Bryant, opened this past Tuesday night...and it already has three Yelp reviews. The location at 607 West Gray had to be extensively renovated to turn the former diner into an upscale seafood restaurant -- but fish isn't all that's on the menu. Also look for dishes like Texas quail with smoked Gouda grits and a daily fried pie.

The new tacos and tequila joint that replaced Nabi in Montrose is now open, too. Pistolero's -- from owner Shawn Bermudez, who also runs the nearby Boondocks, Royal Oak and Koagie Hots -- has totally revamped the old Nabi space, turning it into a posh taqueria with an inviting bar and patio. In addition to tacos, look for tortas, burritos, hot dogs and more.

Meanwhile in the Heights, another renovated spot has opened: D&T Drive Inn, which was recently taken over by the same crew that runs nearby Down House. The craft beer-focused watering hole may look modern and sleek in that wholesome, airy Nordic way now, but it still has the soul (and garage doors) of an icehouse. Check out the bar top and communal table inside: Both were made from a felled tree on the property.

Wondering what would eventually take over the old Billy Blues spot on the Richmond Strip? Wonder no more. B4-U-Eat reports that Diablo Loco Wings y Mas Sports Bar has moved in. It's open every night for dinner, but lunch is only served on the weekends. The giant blue saxophone out front is gone, but not forgotten. "The 70-foot sax made of an inverted VW Beetle has been moved to the Orange Show," notes B4-U-Eat.

And while Montrose residents wait with bated breath for a Dunkin Donuts to move into the old Arby's space at Shepherd and Fairview, Westchase residents will be able to thumb their noses with one hand and pound some donuts with the other. The Westhchase location opened this week at 10705 Westheimer. The Montrose location will open this coming Monday.

Fair warning that this coming Sunday is your last chance to visit the classic Cafe Adobe location at Shepherd and Westheimer. The two-story Tex-Mex joint famous for its patio and party atmosphere is closing for good this weekend.

On the bright side, Houston will be getting another two-story Tex-Mex party palace soon enough: The second location of El Gran Malo is set to open inside the old Cabo location downtown in just a few months. The king is dead; long live the king.



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Pistolero's

1517 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Eleven XI Restaurant & Bar

607 W. Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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gotitwhereitcounts
gotitwhereitcounts

What's up with Azteca's?  Drove by this weekend and saw a For Lease sign on the door, after they just ran a Groupon deal about a week ago...

scndbox1
scndbox1

Nice to see El Gran Malo taking over the Cabo space.  A part of me was wishing Breakfast Klub would take over the space.  Just think the layout of the first floor is ideal to what they offer. 

CarlRosa
CarlRosa

Katharine, as always, well done.   Also, I'm not sure if it helps or not, but two sushi spots closed as well - Sushi Raku and Zushi (Westcott/Memorial location). 

Michael Grabois
Michael Grabois

What and where is the Orange Show that the old Billy Blues sax has moved to?

_sid.
_sid.

I miss Arby's

jjtexanstix
jjtexanstix

Is the Montrose Dunkin Donuts opening next Monday?  The twitter link to the post is referring to the Westchase location

Jalapeno
Jalapeno

I mean, have you HAD a Duncan Donut?  Shipley's need not worry.

kipsook
kipsook

Thanks for this, I was wondering what happened to Kevin Bryant, he's pretty talented in the kitchen.

aliberaltexan
aliberaltexan

It's "bated breath" and not "baited breath"... fyi

Jalapeno
Jalapeno

@Michael Grabois Google it.  A strange pride of Houston.

jjtexanstix
jjtexanstix

you don't go to Dunkin Donuts for the Donuts, you go there for their coffee and breakfast sandwiches

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

@Jalapeno I would prefer to have my arby's back thanks, I'm not driving 10 miles for a beef and cheddar..

MadMac
MadMac

Doesn't that depend on who/what you're been... oh, never mind.

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