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

Categories: Restaurant News

Photo by Mai Pham
Chef Manuel Pucha created this gorgeous campfire Napoleon when he took over Philippe Restaurant + Lounge last year.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the former Philippe Restaurant + Lounge has been transformed into Table, and will open officially to the public on Thursday, May 15. The new restaurant is headed up by executive chef Manuel Pucha, the former chef de cuisine at Philippe. His new restaurant will feature contemporary American dishes such as a seafood risotto, brick chicken, tuna carpaccio flatbread and even a Dr Pepper cake.

While Dunkin' Donuts opens shops with Baskin-Robbins, the owners of H-Town StrEATs decided to open their own doughnut shop next door to Fat Cat Creamery. Swamplot confirms that Hugs & Doughnuts will open at 1901 N Shepherd. So, if you've got a hankering for ice cream and doughnuts, this shopping center will soon be your one-stop shop.

The folks behind Jus' Mac will open a new restaurant on TC Jester, and it's not specializing in mac 'n cheese. According to The Leader, the Jus' Mac owners will open Biskit Junkie, a Southern café featuring a variety of biscuit dishes, including a hybrid between a pancake and a biscuit, a pancuit. Diners can also build their own biscuits to create sandwiches with items like fried chicken and braised short ribs. The owners hope to have this new establishment open by May 15.

Kevin Naderi spoke with the Chronicle this week and explained the concept of his upcoming restaurant, Lillo & Ella. His current restaurant, Roost, serves dishes from multiple cuisines; diners can enjoy sweet potato samosas, and yellow corn cakes topped with a Louisiana crawfish and artichoke ragout, then move on to a blueberry and lemon curd tart with chocolate sauce, maldon salt and whipped cream. But, at Lillo & Ella, he will focus on Asian cuisine with street food dishes, large plates to share and even robata-style skewers. Some of the menu items include blue crab fried rice, mustard greens and yams in a Thai coconut sauce with chile, and quail with black bean and hoisin sauce. Naderi hopes to open Lillo & Ella in May.

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

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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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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