Openings & Closings: Want Some Doughnuts With That Ice Cream?

Categories: Restaurant News

As May quickly approaches, we gear up to welcome several highly anticipated restaurants. But, before we get to that news, let's take a look at two notable shutters.

River Oaks and Upper Kirby folks said goodbye to Crescent City Beignets on Westheimer near the beginning of the month. The Subway, dry cleaners store and Crescent City Beignets in the Lamar-River Oaks Shopping Center will be transformed into a restaurant from Atlanta chef Ford Fry. Eric Sandler of CultureMap reports that Fry is a native Houstonian and graduated from Lamar High School, directly across the street from his upcoming restaurant which Fry hopes to open in 2015. There's no information as to why the New Orleans cafe known for its fluffy beignets and coffee drinks such as the cafe au lait, closed its doors. The Town Center Boulevard location is still open.

According to Eater Houston, Eighteenth Cocktail Bar has closed, but will be moving to a new location -- where has yet to be announced. The 2511 Bissonnet lot won't be vacant for long though. Swamplot reports that Escalante's will be taking over the space soon.

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You'll have many places to grab a VERTS döner kebap soon.
Last week, the first VERTS location opened on Yale off Washington, and the next location will open on Saturday, April 26, on West Gray. With four more locations on the way, Houstonians will have plenty of places to grab a döner kebap.

Buttz Gourmet Food Truck (don't laugh) is now roaming the streets servings its pecan-smoked pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches. The new truck will always serve two signature sandwiches: the Texas Butt sandwich with pulled pork, Texas-style BBQ sauce, yellow mustard, pickles and onions stuffed between artisan bread, and the Caroline Butt sandwich with pulled pork, Caroline mustard BBQ sauce and cilantro slaw. Other types of sandwiches include a Banh Mi pulled pork sandwich, an Asian BBQ sauce pulled pork sandwich and even a healthy sandwich with strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, candied pecans, balsamic and mixed greens. Any of these sandwiches can be made with pulled chicken.

On May 2, another new food truck, Pepe's Grill, will hold its grand opening. The truck serves Latin American and Mexican plates such as deep fried chicken with fried plantains, grilled pork chops, fajitas, enchiladas, and side orders of cornbread, and pork and beans. Pepe's Grill even has a signature barbecue sauce used on its BBQ chicken and BBQ ribs.

Although Siphon Coffee was originally slated to open in February, the new coffee shop should be opening in a few weeks. On Wednesday, April 23, the West Alabama coffee shop posted a photo on Facebook of its sign stating, "Opening Soon." Siphon Coffee will offer craft beer and wine alongside its various coffee concoctions; chef Amanda McGraw, formerly of Brasserie 19, designed the menu and trained the in-house chef.

Location Info

Crescent City Beignets - CLOSED

3260 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Eighteenth Cocktail Bar - CLOSED

2511 Bissonnet, Houston, TX

Category: Music


1572 West Gray, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Buttz Gourmet Food Truck

6787 Monarda Ct., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pepe's Grill

612 N Victory St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Siphon Coffee

701 W Alabama St, Houston, TX

Category: General

Philippe - CLOSED

1800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Table on Post Oak

1800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

H-Town StrEATS

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Fat Cat Creamery

1910 N. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hugs & Doughnuts

1901 N Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Jus' Mac

2617 Yale, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Biskit Junkie

2925 W TC Jester, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Lillo & Ella

2307 Ella Boulevard, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


1972 Fairview St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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So Timberwolf I mean 18th Cocktail, or whatever the latest reincarnation of the old Timbwolf building was, is going to be an Escanlante's?  What a mini-mini escalantes?  There is no parking.


Other restaurants/bars that opened last week and this week:

* Szechuan House opened last week. As the name indicates, the restaurant offers a menu of Szechuan dishes and hot pot. It's located in the Diho Plaza (same plaza as Jusgo Supermarket), replacing Formosa Bistro at 9252 Bellaire Blvd, Ste C.


* Crawdaddy Crawfish, another Vietnamese-style crawfish restaurant in West Houston, opened last weekend. It's located at 10613 Bellaire Blvd, Ste A125.

*  The Gaslamp soft opened their latest addition, Gaslamp Terrace (2400 Brazos), last weekend. The rooftop patio is expected to officially open by the end of the month serving brunch on the weekends.


* Lone Star Taco Co., the sister restaurant to Texas Taco Co., opened last Friday in Friendswood 400 W Parkwood Ave, Ste 124 (it was originally to open as a Texas Taco Co). A Pearland location will open by the end of spring or early summer. According to the Houston Chronicle, a Houston location will open Downtown in the vacated Kobecue space.

Other openings from earlier this month:


* Juice Girl, a juice and smoothie food truck, went brick and mortar as of two weeks ago. Their new location is 238 W 19th St.


* Uncle Wankie's Restaurant opened at 4660 Louetta Rd, Ste 130 in Spring.


*  El Patron Tacos al Carbon closed and reopened as Don Bigotes at 3835 FM 2920, Ste A-8in Spring.


* Mediterranean restaurant and smoothie shop, Island Grill, recently opened another location at 979 Bunker Hill Rd, Ste 100.


* Copacabana Restaurant & Bar, a Cuban restaurant located at 2210 Hwy 6 South, opened in late March.

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