Openings & Closings: El Gran Malo Announces Move & Killen's BBQ Finally Opens

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No more margaritas from El Gran Malo, or at least until they move.
The popular tequila bar and gastrocantina El Gran Malo held its final day of food service on Sunday, February 23, after its National Margarita Day celebration on Saturday. However, according to Houstonia's food blog, Gastronaut, El Gran Malo is not gone for good. It's just moving. Kevin Naderi of Roost has purchased the El Gran Malo building and plans to open another restaurant there. A Facebook event was created for the moving of El Gran Malo and reads: "We are currently searching for a new home so remember, 'this is not the end, this is not even the beginning of the end, this is just perhaps the end of the beginning,'" We'll just have to wait and see what the future holds for El Gran Malo and for Naderi's new restaurant.

Another "closing, but looking for a new place" announcement was made this week, this one by The Usual. Amy Chien of CultureMap reports that the lesbian pub and bar has closed after unsuccessful attempts to remodel. The owners are currently seeking another location in which to reopen.

Thanks to a comment from last week's openings and closings report, we know that Denis' Seafood House has closed, but only for construction, as stated on the home page of the restaurant's website.

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Grab a plate of brisket and classic BBQ sides at Killen's Barbecue Tuesday through Sunday.

If you haven't heard, Killen's Barbecue in Pearland is FINALLY open. After months of getting to taste chef Ronnie Killen's beef ribs and brisket only during his Saturday pop-ups outside the restaurant under construction, customers can now sit down inside the Pearland destination. Mai Pham broke the news that Killen's Barbecue would officially open on Saturday, February 22. She reminisced about the previous weekend's pop-up, where she enjoyed tender, juicy brisket and crispy, crusted beef ribs. Word to the wise: get to Pearland early -- service starts at 11 a.m. -- because once the last piece of barbecue is served, there won't be anymore until the next day.

Eater reports that Lei Low Bar was schedule to open today, Friday, February 28. You'll feel as if you're in the tropics at this Tiki bar, where everyone will get to sip on rum cocktails in coconut cups. Lei Low Bar is brought to you by Elizabeth and Russell Thoede of Down House and Ryan Rouse and Brad Moore of Goro & Gun, Grand Prize Bar and Big Star Bar. They tell Eater that they would like to bring the "Tiki culture" to Houston as it is being revived in places like New York and California.

You won't be able to get a burrito at Mission Burrito anymore. But, before you freak out, Mission Burrito is not closing. It just has to change its name. CultureMap's Eric Sandler reports that it's due to a trademark infringement debate between Gruma Corp.'s line of Mexican food products and Mexican Restaurants, Inc., owner of Mission Burrito. An announcement will be made soon about the restaurant's new name.

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill opened in the West Oaks Mall on Friday, February 21. According to a press release, the restaurant is a full 27,500 square feet in size and includes not only a restaurant and a bar, but also a stage for live music performances and a dance floor. The menu consists of typical Southern grill items like chicken fried steak, platters of potato skins, nachos, quesadillas and wings, as well as a multitude of burgers, sandwiches and steaks.

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Hopefully the new Local Foods will sell pretzel rolls from Slow Dough Bakery.

Taco Milagro's giant sign may still be up on the building, but the smaller sign listing the restaurants and businesses in the shopping center now reads "Local Foods." Taco Milagro, which closed last summer, is currently being transformed into a new Local Foods from Benjy Levit, owner of both benjy's locations and the original Local Foods. The newest location, at 2555 Kirby Drive, is set to open soon, and Eater has photos of the interior of the restaurant revealing its transformation.

Salata has opened its second location in Memorial City. The new restaurant is located in the CityCentre shopping center at 840 W. Sam Houston Pkwy in Suite 101.

Chick-fil-A will open on El Dorado Boulevard in Webster on March 6, and just as with every Chick-fil-A grand opening, customers are invited to set up camp outside the restaurant in hopes of being one of the first 100 customers. Those fortunate few will be awarded 52 Chick-fil-A meal tickets, good for a year's worth of food! (If more than 100 customers are lined up outside a drawing to determine the 100 winners will be held). Everyone is invited to wait outside Webster's new Chick-fil-A 24 hours before the 6 a.m. grand opening on March 6.

Head to the next page for a complete list of February's openings and closings...

Location Info

El Gran Malo - CLOSED

2307 Ella, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Usual - CLOSED

5519 Allen, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Denis' Seafood House - CLOSED

9777 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mission Burrito

2245 W. Alabama, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Killen's Barbecue

3613 E Broadway, Pearland, TX

Category: Restaurant

Lei Low Bar

6142 N Main St, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Down House

1801 Yale, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Goro & Gun - CLOSED

306 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Grand Prize Bar

1010 Banks, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Big Star Bar

1005 W. 19th, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Taco Milagro - CLOSED

2555 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Local Foods

2555 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Local Foods

2424 Dunstan Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


840 W. Sam Houston Parkway N, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


18323 Gulf Freeway, Webster, TX

Category: Restaurant

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill

1000 West Oaks Mall, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Joani Loveless

Jeffrey Cox Ronnie Perren check it out Killen's bar-b-que

FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Umm...  Molly, You do know that El Gran Malo already has another location downtown, right?  No need to wait for their reopening of a Heights location to enjoy their margaritas.


More February openings:

59 Diner, 8401 Westheimer Rd Ste 190

Bambu Desserts & Drinks, 12578 Fountain Lake Circle (Stafford)
Barringer Bar & Lounge, 410 B Main
Bombshells, 803 E Nasa Rd 1, Suite 100 (Webster)
Ceviche House, 14165 Bissonnet, Suite O
Chick-fil-A, 13240 Northwest Fwy (opened last Thursday)
Curbside Sliderz (food truck)
Durrani's Tandoor n Grill, 10581 S Hwy 6 Ste 101 (Sugar Land)
Embers American Grille, 5709 Woodway, Ste B
Fuzzy's Taco Shop, 138 Vintage Park Blvd., Bldg. F Ste. L (opened earlier this week)
Heights Lodge Gastropub, 4115 Washington Avenue
Jai Ho Fusion Bar, 11786 South Wilcrest
Menchie's Frozen Yogurt (food truck - opening this weekend)
Nu Ice and Drinks, 5901 Westheimer Rd, Ste B1
OTC Midtown Pizza Grill & Patio Bar, 2708 Bagby
Pho Com Ga, 13151 Bissonnet St. Ste 400
Prospect Park Sports Bar & Kitchen, 3100 Fountain View Dr. (old Scott Gertner's Sports Bar location)
Ragin Cajun, 2626 Research Forest Dr Ste B (The Woodlands - opened earlier this week)
Seafood on the Geaux, 979 S Mason Rd. (Katy)
Tea Bar and Organics,  3699 Hwy 6 (Sugar Land)
Thai Chefs, 6965 Barker Cypress, Suite D (Cypress)
The Pub Room 101, 9522 N Sam Houston Parkway East, Suite 2500 (Humble - soft opening today)
Urban Kitchen, 14008 Memorial Dr.; Ste F. (former Ripp's Grille space)

More February closings:

Cosmo’s Gourmet Co. Bakery & Deli, 1400 Nasa Parkway, Ste F


Also opened in February:

* A beer garden/craft beer bar in Pasadena - The Republic House (7219 Fairmont Parkway, Suite 190). I believe it opened earlier this week.

* French Fry Heaven opened its second Houston-area location inside First Colony Mall in Sugar Land.

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