Openings & Closings: Dirk's Coffee Ceases to Brew After 15 Years in Business

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Say goodbye to the Mayan Mocha at Dirk's Coffee.
It's always sad to see a long-standing restaurant shutter, but, after 15 years, Dirk's Coffee, formerly Diedrich Coffee, has decided to close its doors. The coffee shop on Montrose Boulevard closed on Tuesday, April 8, according to Eater. Back in 2012, Katharine Shilcutt ranked the Mayan Mocha at Dirk's Coffee as the no. 6 best iced coffee drink in Houston, and in 2011 it was awarded the no. 10 spot on the list of top 10 coffee houses in Houston. On the day of closing, an employee of the coffee shop told Eater that Dirk's was shutting its doors, but didn't provide any additional information. The idea of the coffee shop reopening at a different location is still up in the air.

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House of Pies on Kirby is baaaack!
In case you missed the breaking news last week, House of Pies on Kirby FINALLY reopened after a fire forced its closure in November 2013. Go get your late-night pie, everyone, because House of Pies on Kirby is finally back in business.

The Austin-based fast-food restaurant chain VERTS will open on Saturday, April 12, at 107 Yale Street. VERTS specializes in döner kebap, which Eater Houston describes as "a panino packed with roasted meat, veggies and yogurt-based sauces," and you get all of that in fewer than 550 calories. This is the first VERTS to open in Houston; more VERTS locations will open in River Oaks, Cypress, Spring, Vintage Park and on Westheimer later this spring and in the summer.

Though a few Washington Avenue bars have closed recently, that hasn't stopped Alba Huerta from opening her bar, Julep, at 1919 Washington Avenue, the space previously occupied by The Corkscrew. According to Eater, Huerta is the former general manager of Anvil and partner in The Pastry War, and her bar will serve drinks from the American South. Julep is planning a May opening. CultureMap's Eric Sandler reports that Adam Garcia, former chef at Revival Market and The Pass & Provisions, has been hired at Julep.

You can now get your doughnuts from a food truck. Doughmaker Doughnuts serves gourmet creations like baked blueberry cake doughnuts with lemon zest, honey orange blossom doughnuts with a pistachio crumble, and caramel doughnuts with toasted coconut.

Town & Country Boulevard will get a new South American restaurant, Sal y Pimienta South American Kitchen, which means "salt and pepper" in Spanish. According to a press release, owner Gianfranco Percovich was part of the Cordúa Restaurant Group for several years, and opened Tango & Malbec in the Galleria area. He will open Sal y Pimienta in May. The restaurant will offer a variety of South American dishes, as well as a selection of top South American wines.

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Kevin Naderi will open a new restaurant, Lillo & Ella, in the location previously occupied by El Gran Malo on Ella Boulevard.

As he announced at the Houston Press Menu of Menus Extravaganza during the Iron Fork Chef Competition (which he won for the third straight time), Naderi is opening a new restaurant, Lillo & Ella, in the space previously occupied by El Gran Malo, 2307 Ella Boulevard. According to The Leader, this new restaurant won't be similar to Roost, and it is scheduled to open by May 1.

The second TopGolf in Houston opened on Tuesday, April 8, and it's not just a place to go hit golf balls off of three levels. The Houston Chronicle reports that guests can feast on a variety of bar-food items (with a contemporary twist), such as pickled fried chicken and a Thanksgiving Burger, complete with bacon-wrapped sage, cranberry stuffing, pear relish and Brussels sprouts slaw. The new location opened at 560 Spring Park Center Boulevard off of I-45.

These two restaurants are already open, but they are adding new dining services. Triniti will begin a Saturday brunch on April 12. The Chronicle writes that Triniti's pastry chef, Samantha Mendoza, will end her Saturday morning bakery pop-ups, but will include her baked goods on the brunch menu; the bakery products will also be available to-go.

Coltivare opened in January, but the new restaurant from Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber of Revival Market is now open for weekend lunch from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The lunch menu, according to Eater, consists of items like brunch-friendly pizzas and the Coltivare Burger. The lunch menu also includes cocktails.

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.

Location Info

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Dirk's Coffee - CLOSED

4005 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: General

House of Pies

3112 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

VERTS

107 Yale St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

VERTS

1572 West Gray, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

VERTS

15556 Cutten Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Julep

1919 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Corkscrew

1308 W. 20th St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Anvil Bar & Refuge

1424 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Pastry War

310 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Revival Market

550 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Pass

807 Taft St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Provisions

807 Taft, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Doughmaker Doughnuts

13515 S. Post Oak Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sal y Pimienta South American Kitchen

818 Town & Country Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tango & Malbec

2800 Sage, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Lillo & Ella

2307 Ella Boulevard, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Gran Malo - CLOSED

2307 Ella, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Roost

1972 Fairview St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

TopGolf

560 Spring Park Center Blvd., Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Triniti

2815 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Coltivare Pizza & Garden

3320 White Oak Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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15 comments
jayc13
jayc13

looks like Pho LN Sushi and Bar and Grill closed off Katy Freeway.  only made it 6 months or so.  no signage.  decent Vietnamese for the Spring Branch area. never tried the sushi and heard bad things about it.  guess they couldn't make it.

rtroute
rtroute

Dang it Dirks!   Honestly I haven't been to Dirks since it was Deitrichs but oh well.   House of Pies is back WOOT WOOT!


Kristi Arroyo
Kristi Arroyo

Should've had a cup while we had the chance.

Giovanna Pineda
Giovanna Pineda

Vaughn Chung Jerick Alegarbes Kristi Arroyo this is the place next to Sweet Cup!!

Chic_Chick_Eats
Chic_Chick_Eats

* Xin Jiang BBQ, a Chinese BBQ (Xinjiang) restaurant opened recently at 9260 Bellaire Blvd.

* Barcelona Restaurant and Lounge joined Facón Brazilian Steakhouse as one of the newest restaurants to open in the last two weeks at Vintage Park. The restaurant is located at 110 Vintage Park Blvd., Bldg. J Ste. B.

* Abuelos Mexican Grill opened over the weekend at 8111 N Sam Houston Pkwy. W., Ste. 100.

* Cadillac Coffee, the latest coffee truck on wheels, opened this week. The Shasta camper van that's pulled by a classic Cadillac also serves tea, pastries, pies, quiches and kolaches according to their Facebook page.

 

Jack_Around
Jack_Around

So is the Houston Press/EOW now just rehashing whatever Eater's been reporting on?

Smedley
Smedley

ACK!!! Dirks!!! NO!!!!!!! 


I guess I should not be surprised since the last time I went, they handed my coffee over contained in a Seattle's Best cup. That and when they started closing every day at 6pm.


Still, another bit of Montrose is gone and that makes me sad, especially since they'll probably just put up some other yuppie garbage, festooned with Mediterranean flair.

Chic_Chick_Eats
Chic_Chick_Eats

Also wine bar, Cellar 17 (6608 FM 1960 Rd W, Suite C) closed last week.

carlina
carlina

@Jack_Around  

Eater doesn't report, really, it takes press releases, rumors and notices and configures them to appear like reporting to those who are rather slow of mind. You see Jack, it's about analysis, my friend. It's not hard to assemble some lists and pretend you're 'reporting'.

Jack_Around
Jack_Around

@carlina I'm not touting them as any bastion of journalistic integrity, but EOW needs to rely on Eater to know what a doner kebab is? Or that Alba Huerta was a former manager at Anvil?

Ihebrides
Ihebrides

@Jack_Around @carlina  True, EOW goes a little overboard with the generous attribution and links to other sites; whereas the other sites rarely reciprocate.

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