Openings & Closings: Food Truck Parks Head Outside the Loop, The Reason Behind Hungry's Expansion & More

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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.

B4-U-Eat also reports that Lucky Village on Dairy Ashford closed. This is the second Lucky Village to close; their only Chinese buffet left open is at 10755 Westheimer.

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!

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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.


Location Info

Torchy's Tacos

2411 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Lucky Village - CLOSED

1111 Dairy Ashford St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Lucky Village Three Chinese

10755 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Swirll Yogurt - CLOSED

1944 W. Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Maggie Rita's

1001 Fannin St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Maggie Rita's Mexican Grill

600 Travis St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hungry's Cafe

2356 Rice Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Little Dipper

304 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Poison Girl

1641 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Black Hole Coffee House

4504 Graustark St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Antidote Coffee

729 Studewood, Houston, TX

Category: General

Zeapod Cakery

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bernie's Burger Bus

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

H-Town StrEATS

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Porch Swing Desserts

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Trenza - CLOSED

2800 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Fat Bao

3419 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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anon
anon

Well funded restauranteurs don't want food trucks cutting into their inner-loop businesses (the ones that are failing, like Cafe Adobe or sauce and toss establishments). I think it's just greed - the same old motivator as always.

jberlat1
jberlat1

What is dumb is food trucks aren't allowed downtown. Hey City Council, go to Portland and see how well the food truck block works just fine there. 

susanterrywilhelm
susanterrywilhelm

Maggie Ritas -- again?  Really?  Weren't their other failures enough to keep them out of Houston.  Worst food.  Worst management.  Worst attitude.  Anti-women.  They will NEVER get another dime of my money.  They fooled me a few times, but NEVER again!

Cheap Eats In Houston
Cheap Eats In Houston

* The old Swirll Frozen Yogurt on West Gray won't be the only location turning into a Menchie's. The former Swirll Frozen Yogurt at the Centre at Post Oak (5000 Westheimer), will become a Menchie's too.

Soto's Kitchen opened Tuesday at 8817 Highway 6 , Suite 200, in Missouri City.

Bambu Desserts & Drinks' third Houston location opened last Friday, October 4th at Thang Hung Market (3010 Gears Road)

Brick House Tavern + Tap is opening another location this weekend at 17111 State Hwy 249.

A new wine bar in Cypress opened this week, The Hidden Cellar at 16518 House Hahl Road, Suite F

Coffee Beanery opened this week inside Memorial City Mall.

 

* Food truck, Lone Star Samwiches, is close to opening (either this month or next). Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for an opening date announcement.


* Carl Rosa of Ramen in Common wrote about a new restaurant coming to the Dun Huang Plaza. Tiger Den (9889 Bellaire Blvd., Suite D-230) is an izakaya that will serve ramen with made-from-scratch broth and noodles, yakitori grilled on a charcoal grill, an array of Asian brews, and more. The restaurant will open later this month. 

http://www.ramenincommon.com/TigerDenStory.html

 For additional pictures of some of the ramen that will be served, other dishes, and the restaurant's interior, follow Tiger Den on Instagram:

 http://instagram.com/tigerden9

 

* Another Boiling Crab is opening. I'm uncertain if it's the same as the one on Sam Houston Parkway, but it will open by the end of this year as Boiling Crab Cajun & Asian Fusion at  3702 Cypress Creek Parkway.

Houstess
Houstess

A bigger better buffet opened near the Lucky Village and sealed its fate.

WestSideBob
WestSideBob topcommenter

Good to see more food truck parks opening in the metro area.  Those of us outside the loop will have a much shorter drive to enjoy the fruits of labor put forth by the truckers.  

Should we thank Houston City Council and their fear of propane for these new venues ???

pwhesson
pwhesson

@susanterrywilhelm This is a franchise, not the assjacks that destroyed the rest of the chain.  Oddly enough, in trying to overcome the negative perception, no where on the front of the restaurant does it say "Maggie Ritas", just "MR". 

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

They're counting on a desperate down town base--of women. Yep, brilliant brand management, there.

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