Openings & Closings: Food Truck Parks Head Outside the Loop, The Reason Behind Hungry's Expansion & More
Since there aren't that many closings in comparison to most other weeks, let's get the sad news over with first.
Yummy Yummy for my Tummy opened at the beginning of June, but has decided to close its doors. In an announcement on Facebook on Wednesday, October 9, the Latin American restaurant off of Barker Cypress informed followers that the business is now closed, but that the owner has plans to reopen -- no date has been announced. They are still taking orders for pastries and cakes, though; simply send them a Facebook message for further information.
Torchy's Tacos on Shepherd is also closed ... but only until Saturday. B4-U-Eat's weekly newsletter says the restaurant will be closed while it undergoes renovation. We'll just have to wait and see what the remodeled Torchy's Tacos will look like.
It appears that the Swirll Frozen Yogurt location in the River Oaks Center on West Gray has been taken over by another frozen-yogurt franchise, Menchie's. The new sign is up on the storefront, but according to Menchie's website the location hasn't opened its doors yet.
Now on to the openings for the week!
Photo by Troy Fields Now you can enjoy Maggie Rita's in the tunnel during your lunch break.
Maggie Rita's has officially opened inside the tunnel at 1001 Fannin. B4-U-Eat says this location, and the one at 600 Travis, are both owned by Tony Shanar, who has the rights to open five more Maggie Rita's in Houston.
Hungry's Bistro in Rice Village released a post on Facebook detailing its expansion project. Anyone who has driven by the restaurant on Rice Boulevard has probably seen the construction of a second Hungry's next door; this new, 9,000 -square-foot building will be the same restaurant, but with an upstairs second bar, just like the NextDoor Bar & Lounge inside the Hungry's on Memorial.
"...We thought it only fair for Hungry's on Rice to have its own space, this time called Upstairs, a second floor bar with an extensive wine menu, tastings and bites to enjoy during happy hour or later evening. Two private dining rooms upstairs and one downstairs will be available for your birthdays, special occasions, or corporate functions."
On Saturday, October 12, the folks behind Little Dipper are hosting a preview event for customers to check out the new downtown bar before it officially opens. Eater notes that Dawn Callaway, Miriam Carrillo, Scott Repass and Scott Walcott, who all established bar and coffee spots including Poison Girl, Black Hole and Antidote, have created Little Dipper to be similar to the casual, relaxed atmosphere of the previously mentioned locations - it will also have "serious booze and beer," according to Eater.