Openings & Closings: Bradley's Fine Diner Is on Hold & Michael's Cookie Jar Opens Downtown

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Despite The Fresh Market expanding throughout Houston last year, one of the locations has already closed, and it's the one across the street from Central Market -- a likely reason for the market's closure. CultureMap reports that this is the only Fresh Market location closing in the Houston area; the other three will remain open.

The sign is up outside the soon-to-open Bradley's Fine Diner on Heights Boulevard, but the restaurant won't be opening on March 15 as the owners had originally planned. Eater explains that a damaged water line has forced a postponement. As executive chef Bradley Ogden said in a statement to Eater, you cannot cook without water.

Craving Chicago-style food? Well look no further than the newest Chicago food eaterie, Maxwell Street Grill, which opened at 4902 Almeda Road on Saturday, March 1. But don't expect to sit down inside because, well, there is no dining room. Drive up to this walk-up-and-order grill and nosh on hot dogs, hamburgers and what Eater describes as the star item on the menu, the Maxwell Street Polish; it's a J.J. Sausage kielbasa with all the fixings (grilled onions, mustard and peppers). Maxwell Street Grill is also open quite late throughout the week -- 3 a.m. Thursday through Sunday, and 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Photo by Molly Dunn
Chef Michael Savino of Michael's Cookie Jar makes beautiful decorated cookies.

Michael's Cookie Jar will open its second location today, in the downtown tunnels at Pennzoil Place. The grand-opening celebration begins at noon and lasts until 4 p.m. Be one of the first 50 people at the event and receive a "sweet swag bag" filled with items from various local purveyors and treats from Michael's Cookie Jar. The new location will hold a "Cookie Hour" each afternoon and showcase many local vendors, including Mill-King milk, chocolates from Araya Artisan Chocolate, and coffee from Katz Coffee and Caphin Iced Vietnamese Coffee.

The second Local Foods opened for lunch on Thursday, March 13, and will add its dinner service in approximately two weeks. This Local Foods will use ingredients sourced from area vendors, such as Slow Dough Bread, Atkinson Farms and Black Hill Ranch. Don't expect the same menu items as those at the original Local Foods, though. In fact, 30 percent of the menu includes new items, more vegetarian and vegan dishes, and rotisserie items, such as spit-roasted beef, duck, lamb and half-roasted rotisserie chicken. There's also a full bar featuring liquors from Texas distilleries and a rotating lineup of five local beers on tap.

The Houston Chronicle's Greg Morago reports that Pico's Mex-Mex has opened at the intersection of Kirby and Richmond. After last weekend's grand closing celebration, Pico's has finally moved inside the Loop, to 3601 Kirby.

Did we miss any openings or closings? Let us know in the comments section and we'll be sure to include them in next week's report.

Location Info


The Fresh Market - CLOSED

3745 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: General

Central Market

3815 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: General

Bradley's Fine Diner

191 Heights Boulevard, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Maxwell Street Grill

4902 Almeda Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Michael's Cookie Jar

711 Louisiana St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Araya Artisan Chocolate

1141 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Local Foods

2555 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pico's Mex-Mex

3601 Kirby Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Papa Joe's BarBQ on Kingsride near the Memorial City Mall closed about two weeks ago and has been leveled to the ground.  It is being replaced by a Starbucks.


A few more restaurants and bar that opened last week and this week:

AE's Taste of Korea, 5300 FM 1960 Rd E, Ste 5354 (Atascocita)
Boulevard Coffee, 1030 Heights Boulevard (in the old Waldo's Coffee House)
Brazilian Grain Coffee,8000 Research Forest Dr., Ste 255 (The Woodlands)
Bonefish Grill, 1555 Lake Woodlands Drive (The Woodlands)
Cafe Rian Cajun Cafe, 8790 FM 1960 Bypass Rd W (Humble) 

El Gallo Rojo, 917 Franklin
El Sazon de Cuba,16618 Clay Rd, Ste 125 

Houston Panini & Provisions, 1727 W 34th St 

* Hello Taco, a restaurant specializing in tacos made from scratch, opens today in Spring at 25114 Grogan's Mill Rd, Ste A.

* Neil's Bahr, a dive bar located in EaDo, is scheduled to open tomorrow at 2006 Walker.

* Two Mexican restaurants in Katy recently closed: Cenitrana Mexican Grill at 20660 Westheimer Pkwy, Suite L and Sammy's Mexican Kitchen at 22756 Westheimer Pkwy, Ste 100.

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