Openings & Closings: Failed Concepts & A Mega Burger Bus Expansion
Highly anticipated restaurant, Osteria Mazzantini opened at 2200 Post Oak Blvd on Labor Day, as well as Coppa Osteria.
In bar news, CultureMap reported that Worhals Midtown, an Andy Warhol tribute craft beer bar, opened Thursday, September 5. The bar offers more than 150 craft beer selections and typical bar food, like burgers and wings, as well as healthier options, like salads, grilled chicken and fish, and paninis.
Photo from Warhols Midtown Facebook Here's a look inside the Andy Warhol tribute bar.
Voodoo Queen also opened at 322 Milby this week. The owners of Moon Tower Inn bring this newest New Orleans-style bar where you can expect a large stock of premium liquor. Eater reports that the drinks will come big and small; expect shareable bowls or smaller (and quite strong) cocktails finished with a neon fleur-de-lis skewer. Co-owner Brandon Young tells Eater that the East End bar will offer a variety of things to do, like pinball machines, dart boards and a pool table. The bar will also serve its customers what they want to drink, even if it isn't on the menu.
Swamplot reports that the former Blockbuster location at 8001 S. Main St. will open as a Filipino fast food restaurant named Jollibee Chicken & Burgers. The next Trader Joe's will open in Cinco Ranch some time next year, according to Swamplot, making this the fourth Trader Joe's location in the Houston area.
In other coming soon news, Morton's Grille opens Tuesday, September 10 in The Woodlands as the first Morton's spin-off concept. The restaurant will be directly across the street from Hubbell & Hudson and will include menu items similar to the menu at Morton's, like the steaks and chops, oysters on the half shell, prime rib French dip sandwich and the Morton's prime burger, according to the Chronicle. What will set this spin-off restaurant apart from Morton's will be the shareable appetizers, such as buffalo chicken meatballs, and several dishes incorporating Texas flavors, like blackened Texas redfish with dirty rice and bacon fat braised baby back ribs with matchstick fries. Menu items should also be lower in price than the offerings from Morton's. Upon opening, Morton's Grille will only serve dinner and will offer lunch at a later date.
B4-U-Eat's weekly newsletter noted that Coltivare Pizza & Garden appears to be gearing up for an opening due to the progress in the garden outside. The soon-to-be 3200 White Oak restaurant appears to have fruit trees and tomato plants growing outside.
Did we miss any openings or closings? Let us know in the comments section so we can include them in next week's report.
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