Openings & Closings: House of Pies Shutters Temporarily, Good Dog Preps For Brick-And-Mortar & A Look At 2014

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There weren't any permanent closure announcements this week, but two restaurants are now temporarily closed -- one because of a fire, and the other because of a brick-and-mortar expansion.

The roof of the House of Pies on Kirby caught on fire late on Wednesday night, forcing the pie shop to temporarily close its doors. Kaitlin Steinberg reports that the electrical blaze broke out around 10:45 p.m. in the restaurant's ceiling. Khaled Khalaf, whose family owns the restaurant, told Steinberg there were approximately 70 customers in the building at the time; no injuries were reported. "We'll reopen as soon as possible," Khalaf said. "Most of the damage is on the outside. It's an easy fix. It's just the roof." According to manager Greg Smith, House of Pies will be open by Thanksgiving.

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Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg
House of Pies plans to reopen by Thanksgiving.
Good Dog Houston announced on Facebook that the food truck would be temporarily closed for the next couple of weeks as the owners prepare to open a brick-and-mortar location in the Heights. The permanent store will be at 903 Studewood. Eater reports that Good Dog will also serve non-hot dog dishes, such as the duck dish the owners, Amalia Pferd and Daniel Cabellero, brought to a Lucky Dog event. The store will also serve local craft beer and locally produced wine.

Aaron Webster closed Tasti-D-Lite in Highland Village a few months ago so he could open a completely new restaurant concept, Drexel House. Eater reports that Webster's restaurant will open by the end of this week. Drexel House is located on Westheimer in River Oaks and will serve modern takes on pizza, soup, salad and sandwiches, as well as fancier small plates such as rib eye, scallops and lamb. Eater reports that the restaurant was designed by Julia McGarr, who also designed Brasserie 19, Coppa Ristorante Italiano and Coppa Osteria. Drexel House's menu will be written on a chalkboard wall, and there will seating on the patio and at the bar.

Although Flora & Muse in CityCentre closed last week, the shopping area welcomes two new restaurants: Capital Grille and Seasons 52.

Eater reports Capital Grille will open on November 14, and the Houston Chronicle announced that Seasons 52 will open on Thanksgiving Day, November 28. CityCentre is the second Houston location for both of these restaurants.

B4-U-Eat's weekly newsletter notes that Sam's Bar & Grill opened on Monday, November 4 at 6357 Westheimer. The website still says "Coming Soon"; however, we do know that it's a sports bar, so we expect the classic offerings of hamburgers, fries and beer.


Location Info

House of Pies

3112 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Good Dog Hot Dogs

Mobile, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Jonathan's The Rub

9061 Gaylord St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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11 comments
chrisjay84
chrisjay84

I went to one of my favorite bars in Midtown last week, Good Life off of West Gray and it looked desolated. Has that closed? Would be a shame as it was a great drinking and brunch spot.

Amanda Nicole Medina
Amanda Nicole Medina

PLUCKERS PLUCKERS PLUCKERS !!!! PLUCKERS Wing Bar Will Open on the 25th of November (I think)!!! 1400 Shepard Dr. !!!! Wing Bar Based out of Austin Finally opening a location in Houston ! Readers Want to know about this TRUST ME !!!! (Pleaseeeeeee include in next report) thanks !! :-)

amandas_quince
amandas_quince

PLUCKERS PLUCKERS PLUCKERS !!!! PLUCKERS Wing Bar Will Open on the 25th of November (I believe) !!! 1400 Shepard Dr. !!!! Wing Bar Based out of Austin Finally opening a location in Houston ! Readers Want to know about this TRUST ME !!!!

damian58
damian58

Can't wait for Vinoteca Poscol to arrive in new digs...maybe Jeremy can visit

FRL713
FRL713

Sam's Bar & Grill is going into the Jamaica House location in the Miyako strip center.  Is this affiliated with the other Sam's locations in the area (Boat & Conert Pub)?  I assume it is given the apparent sports theme.

kagan34
kagan34

Almost forgot, Nara is supposed to open within the next week in West Ave too, blending Japanese and Korean mod cuisine. 

kagan34
kagan34

Trenza sounds like a tired 90's fusion cuisine concept that gets an update. 

It should be interesting to see if this flies. Many West Ave patrons are conservative in taste and this minor experimentation with blending cuisines will be too much for them; and, second, there aren't that many patrons of West Ave in the first place, so she'll have to appeal more broadly to foodies around the city in order to pay her giant labor and rent costs. 

Marianne3
Marianne3

@FRL713  

No, just riffing on the name. Not a smart move, that. Not a smart location. Zero parking next to Miyako which often seems on its last legs.

Marianne3
Marianne3

@kagan34  

Funny, you mention Trenza being the latest incarnation of fusion to hit Houston. I read a piece on CultureMap that went on and on about the restaurant breaking all these rules and boundaries, like the place is some daring innovator. And I'm thinking, along with another commenter, 'really, have you people like missed 20 years of culinary history? or just getting paid to pen ignorant stuff?' 

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