Openings & Closings: Ripp's Grille Shutters & Tiger Den Finally Opens For Good
Photo by Mai Pham These chicken wings at Tiger Den cost only $1.50 per order.
Tiger Den reopened on Wednesday, November 13, after closing its doors a few days after a soft opening (for staff training). Co-owner Mike Tran tells Greg Morago of the Houston Chronicle that Tiger Den serves Hakata-style ramen, which take much longer to prepare -- they are thin, firm noodles served in a creamy broth. Even though everyone is excited about Tiger Den as a new ramen hot spot in Chinatown, Tran tells Morago that the restaurant serves more than just ramen bowls: the menu includes robata-grilled chicken gizzard, chicken hearts, pork belly, beef liver and beef tongue. It's also a reasonably priced restaurant. In fact, Mai Pham reports that the chicken wings are approximately $1.50 per order and a bowl of ramen costs about $9.
Another market is coming to the Houston area, but not until 2015. Swamplot reports that a new Whole Foods Market will be opening in The Woodlands near the intersection of Lake Front Circle and Lake Woodlands Dr., and that it will be approximately 40,000 square feet in size with a parking garage AND surface parking adjacent to the building -- there really shouldn't be any complaining about parking after it is built.
Swamplot also reports that Siphon Coffee will take the spot of the former Washateria in the shopping strip across Greeley Street from the Blue Bird Circle Shop on West Alabama. The coffee shop will open by the end of this year. According to its Facebook page, Siphon Coffee will serve more than just coffee and espresso. Amanda McGraw, former chef at Brasserie 19, designed the menu and trained the in-house chef. Siphon Coffee will also offer craft beer and wine.
Cravin' Cajun held its grand opening on Sunday, November 10. From the looks of the photos posted on Facebook, which included the Cravin' Fries topped with shrimp, crawfish and crab sauce mix, this seafood and Asian-fusion restaurant is offering a variety of intriguing dishes to the Katy area.
Did we miss any openings or closings? Let us know in the comments section and we will be sure to include them in next week's report.