Openings & Closings: Midtown Gets A Food Truck Park

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In not-so-shocking news, another Washington Avenue bar bites the dust. The Houston Chronicle reports that Blue Moose Lodge at 5306 Washington shut its doors on Thursday, March 20. The sports bar posted the closing announcement on Facebook; Blue Moose Lodge had been in business for three-and-a-half years.

But in good news, guess what, Houston? We're getting another food truck park, and it's in Midtown! Midtown Mobile Cuisine will hold its grand opening on Friday, April 4, after a soft opening on Thursday, April 3. The new food truck park is located at 4002 Almeda, and as reported by CultureMap's Eric Sandler, it will have on-site electrical power, unlike other food truck parks such as My Food Park HTX and Houston Food Park. What does this mean? It means you get to stuff your face with your favorite food truck offerings late at night and get to listen to live music, rather than those annoying diesel generators. Pretty sweet, right?

Another Midtown eatery is on its way to opening. Gyu-Kaku at 510 West Gray will open on Monday, March 31, according to Eater. Customers will be able to cook their own seafood and meat on charcoal grills built into each seating area at the Japanese barbecue restaurant.

Photo by Ashli Hill
Punk's Simple Southern Food has a walk-up to-go window just like this one at Coppa Osteria.

Punk's Simple Southern Food finally opened on Monday, March 24. Grant Cooper, Charles Clark and chef Brandi Key run this new Clark Cooper Concept. Now there are two Clark Cooper Concept restaurants in Rice Village; Punk's opened next door to Coppa Osteria. Eater Houston reports that Punk's will have a Southern vibe and atmosphere, from the decorations to the menu to the waitstaff. The restaurant will also have a walk-up to-go window, similar to the one at Coppa Osteria, but Punk's will serve items like fried chicken and biscuits instead of Italian offerings like pizza.

You might have noticed the signage of the old CHA Champagne & Wine Bar has been replaced with a sign for an Irish Pub. Eater reports that the 810 Waugh location has been transformed into Pimlico Irish Pub, where you can enjoy a pint of Guinness with your friends while listening to traditional Irish music from live bands throughout the week.

Just in time for the warm weather, Texas Blizzard Shave Ice has announced that its new food truck will hit the roads on April 1. The snow cone and shave ice food truck will be open at 2706 White Oak from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. on opening day. According to a press release, Texas Blizzard decided to add another truck because of high demands last season. And with a new truck comes a new menu. This truck will offer blizzard bowls, which are bowls with layers of shave ice and fresh fruit, then a topping of ice cream, as well as milkshakes and soft-serve ice cream. If you want to know where the truck will be throughout the week, check out its website at

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

Location Info

Blue Moose Lodge - CLOSED

5306 Washington, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Midtown Mobile Cuisine

4002 Almeda Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

My Food Park HTX

800 Highway 6 S, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Houston Food Park

1504 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

510 Gray, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Punk's Simple Southern

5212 Morningside, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Coppa Osteria

5210 Morningside Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

CHA Champagne & Wine Bar - CLOSED

810 Waugh, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Pimlico Irish Pub

810 Waugh Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Music

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Additional March openings:

AE's Taste of Korea:  5300 FM 1960 Rd E, Ste 5354 (Atascocita)
Cafe Rian Cajun Cafe: 8790 FM 1960 Bypass Rd W (Humble)

JJ China Diner: 25639 Highway 59 N. Suite 101 (Kingwood)
La Guitarra Con Sazon: 12719 Westheimer
Midtown Mobile Cuisine: 4002 Almeda
Mosset Grille Urban Wine Bar: 14019 Southwest Fwy, Ste 101 (Sugar Land)
Pho & Noodles: 9889 Bellaire Blvd, Ste 254
Smashburger: 25639 US Hwy 59 N, Ste 100 (Kingwood)
Snowflake Cafe & Bakery: 11191 Westheimer
The Boot: 1206 W 20th St
Tikka Boti Grill: 18855 W Little York Rd, Ste 100E (Katy)
Yahu Cajun: 4025 Highway 6 N, Ste 102

* Pugon de Manila, a Filipino restaurant that doubles as a bakery, opened to the public last week near The Reliant/Medical Center area. It's located 8017 Main Street, Suite 250, near the Filipino fast food restaurant, Jollibee. Pugon de Manila will hold its grand opening today.

* Bubble tea shop, Heavenly Beverages, opened last weekend at 21542 Tomball Parkway, Suite F. The shop also serves coffee, tea, smoothies, and Asian snacks.

* Vietnamese restaurant, Cafe Helene opened Monday, March 24th, in Midtown at 3101 Main Street.

* Facón Brazilian Steakhouse, an upscale restaurant at Vintage Park, opened yesterday. In addition to the churrascaria, the restaurant offers tapas/small plates and supposedly offers an extensive list of wines. It's located at 126 Vintage Park Blvd., Bldg D Ste H.

*  Two food trucks opened earlier this week, both serving Greek and Mediterranean fare: Greek Eatz and Simply Greek.

* Eater Houston reports of another artisanal coffee shop to open in Montrose. Mercantile opened a second location yesterday at 3321 Stanford.

Additional March closings:

Cenitrana Mexican Grill: 20660 Westheimer Pkwy, Suite L (Katy)
La Casa de Frida: 4002 N Main St (not sure which month it closed but Skinny Rita's Grille is taking over the vacated space)

I don't think it's been mentioned anywhere but 360 Sports Lounge, located along the Washington Avenue corridor,  closed earlier this year. I'm not for certain when but it may have closed in February.


Tierra del Fuego's first restaurant in the states opened a week ago in Sugar Land. The Argentine restaurant is located at 2110 Town Square Place.

Ginger Thai opened its second location in Katy last week at 27110 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Suite 1100.

Twin Peaks opened at 11335 Katy Freeway.

Thien An Restaurant reopened in Midtown over the weekend. Its new location is 2611 San Jacinto.

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