Openings & Closings: Ripp's Grille Shutters & Tiger Den Finally Opens For Good

Categories: Restaurant News

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.

Good Dog Houston opened its brick-and-mortar at 903 Studewood on Thursday, November 14. The hot dog restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., according to a Facebook announcement.

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.

Location Info

Heights General Store

350 W 19th St, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Federal American Grill

510 Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Catalan Food & Wine Bar - CLOSED

5555 Washington St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Hay Merchant

1100 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Good Dog Houston

903 Studewood St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Nara Sushi & Korean Kitchen

2800 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Uptown Sushi

1131 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Fish

309 Gray, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


3910 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tiger Den

9889 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Siphon Coffee

701 W Alabama St, Houston, TX

Category: General

Cravin' Cajun

2323 N Fry Rd, Katy, TX

Category: Restaurant

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