Openings & Closings: Ripp's Grille Shutters & Tiger Den Finally Opens For Good
Ripp's Grille is the only restaurant to announce sad news this week, and the diner's final day of business is today. The Houston Chronicle's Syd Kearney reports the movie-themed restaurant will be closed as of 10 p.m. on Friday, November 15. Before it's gone forever, stuff your face with the Animal House burger, which comes complete with two grilled cheese sandwiches serving as the buns encasing two half-pound beef patties, chili, bacon and fried onion rings.
Now, let's take a look at the restaurants that opened this week. Hint: we have ramen, and more Japanese and Korean food.
Heights General Store opened on Saturday, November 9, in the location that previously housed Harolds. CultureMap Houston reports that Heights General Store is a market downstairs selling produce and prepared foods from local vendors. Upstairs it is a restaurant, serving lunch daily, and breakfast and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Chef Antoine Ware, previously of Federal Grill, Catalan and Hay Merchant, has created a menu that showcases Southern items such as the Carolina pulled pork sammie with a pickled vegetable salad on the lunch menu; soy- and honey-glazed pork chop with braised greens, sweet potatoes and corn bread on the dinner menu; smothered pork grillades with mama's cheezie grits on the brunch menu; and a potato hash with bacon or sausage, bell peppers, onions and a fried egg for breakfast.
Nara, a Korean-inspired restaurant from Chef Donald Chang, previously of Uptown Sushi, Bluefin, The Fish and Miyako, opened on Wednesday, November 13, at West Avenue in River Oaks. Nara's menu features small-bite dishes such as oxtail rice cakes, jellyfish salad with cured jellyfish, and dumplings with Spanish Duroc pork, as well as full-size items such as Berkshire pork and organic chicken, spicy oxtail ramen, and a bulgogi pot pie. Chang tells Kaitlin Steinberg that his goal is to show how Korean food can evolve into lighter, healthier fare while maintaining aspects of the food he enjoyed as a child.