Openings & Closings: Long Awaited Fish & The Knife Might Be No More

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The year 2014 is here and we are gearing up for a multitude of restaurants to open and to bring their culinary styles to the Houston dining scene. For most, it'll be a while before they open, but two are almost ready.

In Kaitlin Steinberg's post about the ten highly anticipated restaurants of 2014, she lists Dish Society, which was supposed to open in December 2013, but now is scheduled to open this month. The "casual farm-to-table restaurant features local ingredient-driven and chef-inspired options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch," according to its website.

According to the B4-U-Eat newsletter, Fish & The Knife at 7801 Westheimer might be no more. Its construction process has been long overdue -- it began construction in 2010 -- and the Facebook page has disappeared.

Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg
Head to Pink's Pizza on Calhoun on its opening day for the BBVA Compass Bowl Game at noon.
Pink's Pizza's newest location at 4701 Calhoun will officially open on Saturday, January 4, at 9 a.m. The B4-U-Eat newsletter states Pink's will show the UH vs. Vanderbilt bowl game on all 15 TVs at noon.

The Whole Foods at Kirby has opened an indoor bar, Kirbside Bar, according to the Houston Chronicle. The bar includes eight taps by the glass or growlers to-go, as well as a bar menu. The bar will hold specials throughout each week: Mondays from 6-8 p.m. Kirbside Bar will offer a slice of pizza and a pint of beer for $5; Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. there are $3 select pints, $4 select wines by the glass and happy hour foods during Hump Day Happy Hour; Fridays from 3-6 p.m. will feature $3 local pints and half-priced local cheese plates; and Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. they'll offer $3 mimosas. On the last Thursday of each month, from 6-8 p.m., Kirbside Bar's sales will benefit conservation efforts at the Houston Zoo.

No restaurants officially closed this week, however Mo Mong has closed for renovations. The Houston Chronicle reports that Mo Mong closed on New Year's Day to remodel. The Vietnamese restaurant has not announced the reopening date.

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.

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Whole Foods

2955 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: General

Mo Mong - CLOSED

1201 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Regarding Fish and the Knife - I would never claim to understand the complexities of building a restaurant from scratch.  It appears to be so daunting that I am truly overwhelmed with gratitude for the thousands of hardworking entrepreneurs that make it happen.  But, what I can comprehend is the financial obligation/construction timelines that are required. 

When I visited (and received a full tour) of Fish and the Knife months ago, I was amazed at the sheer size of the establishment.  And, truthfully, none of it made/makes sense to me.  The sake bar was so large that an almost never-ending slew of 'sake addicts' would have to visit it nearly every single evening to make it worth the expense.  The dining area was so ambitious (size and decor) that I kept scratching my head and asking the construction project manager the same question over and over - "...and you're going to be able to pay the bank back by offering/selling sushi at a suitable price?"  I may be naive.  I can accept that.  But I don't think that there's enough salmon available to pay back a loan of that size.  

The parking lot alone is/was larger than 99% of the sushi restaurants in Houston.  And, in order to fund this project, that gigantic parking lot would have to be completely filled every single night while the bank anxiously taps its foot waiting for the next payment.  This restaurant would not be able to afford a 'rainy week so business is a little slow.'  A very tall order.

Finally, this project has been on the table for a few years.  If Fish and the Knife was financed like any other restaurant, the bank would have been asking for a payback on the loan over a year ago.  That means that while it is being built, they're already paying back the loan without a single cent of income...for over 18 months.  Inconceivable.

gossamersixteen topcommenter

Now you too UofH area can overpay for cold pizza, poor customer service, and drivers that are higher than the sun. I don't care if you're 2 blocks or 2 miles from their store, you can bet pinks will deliver it cold.


Fish & Knife: much like the renovation of La Fenice, but without any greatness to precede it or lure us on in suspense, Fish & Knife remains simply a Houston mystery that no one cares to solve.


I hope MoMong can get its act together. Service has been consistently bad, and on my last (and probably final) visit there was a bug in the food. Too bad since it's so close to home.

Bruce_Are topcommenter

That pizza in the photo is an indication of what's wrong with a lot of pizza in Houston. You simply cannot have areas with large, cold, raw ingredients like that on some parts of the pizza. The areas underneath the giant tomato slices will be undercooked. Seems like a no-brainer.



It's not that hard to understand if you've spent time in Japan or Korea: they were going to be running girls out of the place, as well as selling food and drink. That's why the bar is so large. 

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