Openings & Closings: House of Pies Shutters Temporarily, Good Dog Preps For Brick-And-Mortar & A Look At 2014
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.
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.
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg House of Pies plans to reopen by Thanksgiving.
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.