Openings & Closings: Surprising Shutterings and Provocative Plans
There were about as many openings as closings this week (way to maintain an equilibrium, Houston!), but we did get news of many upcoming restaurants with plans to open in the next several months.
First, the bad news.
CultureMap reports that River Oaks Coffee House at the corner of Edloe and Westheimer was open for business one day and closed and empty the next. A sign on the door read, "It is with great sadness that we announce the closing of our doors and we apologize for our prompt departure...We hope that we have served you well and helped brighten your mornings during our time here." In the comments on the story, people seem to be blaming large, corporate coffee chains for putting independent owners out of business.
Farm to Market Restaurant in Kingwood made a similar announcement to that of River Oaks Coffee House, only they did it via Facebook. The post reads, "Thank you to everyone who has supported our humble little establishment and who have made us a part of their routine! Sadly, we will closing our doors indefinitely. It has truly been a wonderful journey for all of us." Two days later, the restaurant posted a confusing call for family photos of fishing trips on the Facebook page, hinting that they would like to use them in the decor for a new restaurant. "Want to be a part of something new and exciting?" the post reads. "Same principles, different concept... but we need your help!" So...Farm to Market appears to be closing and reopening at some point with a seafood theme? I suppose time will tell.
B4-U-Eat reports on the closure of The County Line BBQ on Cutten Road, which is the last of the County Line chain in the Houston area. Evidently, Campioni Restaurant was granted a beverage permit for the now closed County Line location back in June. It's unclear whether Campioni is moving or opening a second restaurant.
Cheap Eats in Houston tells us that The Brooklyn Cafe in the Woodlands has also closed.
Now for the good stuff...sort of.
B4-U-Eat reports that Diego's Cantina closed and has reopened as Musas Sports Bar with the same address, same phone number and same management, but a totally different vibe. Musas Sports Bar still serves Mexican food on the menu, but it also serves up a lot of hot chicks in skimpy outfits.
Photo from Musas Sports Bar Hard to say whether this is an improvement over Diego's Cantina...
Daddio'z Pizza began a soft opening last week in Webster, according to B4-U-Eat, but they're still in the process of hiring and training employees. They are currently open seven days a week and serving pizza in house or to take home and bake yourself. The menu includes pizza, wings and a few sides and salads. But can we talk for just a second about the possessive "z" in the name? I'm sorry, I can't get past that.
Cheap Eats Houston tells us that Bambu Desserts and Drinks opened its second local shop on Tomball Parkway in north Houston. The Vietnamese coffee and tea shop specializes in milk bubble tea and exotic jelly smoothie desserts. I'm super intrigued by some of the desserts, like the chè trái cây, which includes lychee, longan, red tapioca, jackfruit, palm seed, pandan jelly, jello and young coconut.
A similar shop called Honey Bee Teahouse and Fast Food also opened this week. Located on Bellaire Boulevard, the tea house serves much more than just tea and coffee drinks. Its Facebook has photos of delicious looking Peking duck bao and squid bao, filled with sautéed squid, kimchi, sautéed cabbage and crab and topped with a spicy homemade sauce.
Photo from Honey Bee Teahouse Squid Bao with special spicy sauce.
Eater notes that what appears to be a food truck in-the-making was spotted outside of Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar in Montrose. The chef told Eater to expect completely different food from what is served at the bar, including upscale comfort food like fried cornish hen.
This week, we got word of many restaurants and bars that haven't opened yet, but are well on their way. Check out the next page for some of the highlights.