Openings & Closings: April Construction Brings May Openings

Categories: Restaurant News

The month of May is going to be an exciting one for many restaurants, bars, bakeries and coffee shops. Alba Huerta of the upcoming Julep posted a picture of a walk in cooler on Instagram on April 24, while Sal y Pimienta South American Kitchen recently posted pictures on Facebook of the doors, sign, the kitchen and interior concrete walls.

No word yet on when Siphon Coffee will finally open, but it's definitely going to be soon. Lillo & Ella, from chef Kevin Naderi, is expected to open this month as well.

But, enough talk about what's coming soon, let's look at what restaurants have recently opened.

Ninja Ramen opened this week, but is only serving cocktails and Japanese beers for now. One Facebook user asked when Ninja Ramen would be open and the ramen restaurant replied back, "Our bar is open for drinks this week! Food will be a little later..." Hopefully you'll be able to pair those cocktails with bowls of ramen soon.

You can now get döner kebaps in River Oaks. The second VERTS location opened this week at 1572 West Gray between Mama Fu's and Sally Beauty Supply. The newest VERTS held its grand opening celebration on Saturday, April 26.

Photo by Mai Pham
Chef Junnajet "Jett" Hurapan brings Thai food to Uptown Park.

Mai Pham reported that Songkran Thai Kitchen took over the previous space of 1252 Tapas in Uptown Park. The new Thai restaurant, which opened on Monday, April 28, is headed up by chef Junnajet Hurapan of Blu in Sugar Land. Pham asked chef Jett what his favorite dishes on the menu are and he says he enjoys Khai Luk Koei (double cooked egg with tamarind sauce and crispy shallots); Yum Ka Moy (Royal chili lime chicken salad); and Nuer Siam (braised wagyu beef with Thai herb dipping sauce).

Houston welcomes Solero Estate Winery on Saturday, May 3, as it opens its second location at 330 TC Jester Boulevard. The flagship estate and vineyard is in Dripping Springs near Austin, and will now open an urban winery in Houston. During the grand opening, those who make reservations will be able to taste a variety of Solero wines, including a 2009 MGT, 2012 Estate Barrel Reserve Barbera and First Barrel Port. Tastings will be held at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Eater Houston mentioned this week that Boil House plans to open during the first week of May (aka, next week). According to the crawfish joint's website, Boil House will give customers the option to purchase crawfish through the drive-thru, or come inside to buy everything they need to boil the mudbugs at home. You'll be able to purchase the crawfish by the pound, as a five-pound platter with one corn and three potatoes, or an eight-pound platter with three corns and five potatoes. Pair it all with King Cake or pralines.

A new Fresh Market will open on Wednesday, May 7 in Webster at 1519 West Bay Area Boulevard. This new location comes just a couple months after the River Oaks Fresh Market closed.

JW Marriott Houston Downtown at 806 Main will open during the summer, and the luxury hotel has hired award-winning pastry chef Plinio Sandalio to join the culinary team for JW's restaurant, Main Kitchen and bar, 806 Bar & Lounge. Sandalio is known for creating inventive desserts, such as blending grapefruit sorbet with Campari pop rocks and angostura bitters mousse -- it will be a treat to see what type of desserts he will create for the hotel's culinary program.

Head to the next page for a complete list of openings and closings in April.

Location Info


1919 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Sal y Pimienta South American Kitchen

818 Town & Country Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Siphon Coffee

701 W Alabama St, Houston, TX

Category: General

Lillo & Ella

2307 Ella Boulevard, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ninja Ramen

4219 Washington Ave, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


1572 West Gray, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mama Fu's

1574 West Gray Street, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Songkran Thai Kitchen

1101-08 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

1252 Tapas - CLOSED

1101 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


2248 Texas Drive, Sugar Land, TX

Category: Music

Solero Estate Urban Winery

330 TC Jester Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: General

Boil House - CLOSED

606 E. 11th St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Fresh Market

1519 West Bay Area Blvd., Webster, TX

Category: General

The Fresh Market - CLOSED

3745 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: General

JW Marriott Houston Downtown

806 Main, Houston, TX

Category: General

Main Kitchen

806 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Bruce_Are topcommenter

Please don't adopt the incorrect usage of kebap.  Kebap means kabob. It's not a sandwich but rather the meat that may or may not go into the sandwich.


Good to heator Plinio Sandalio is back in town.  I recall he left Htown a few years ago.


Additional April openings:

Al-Arabi (Middle Eastern food truck)
Bahama Buck’s: 5444 Atascocita Rd (Humble)
Cafe Layal Westheimer: 12102 Westheimer Rd
Crawfish Cafe: 811 S Mason Rd, Ste 155 (Katy)
Frenchy's Chicken: 5836 Martin Luther King Blvd
Frenchy’s Chicken: 6815 S Kirkwood Rd (opened last weekend)
Galway Hooker: 5102 Washington Ave
H-E-B Pearland Market: 2710 Pearland Pkwy FM 518 (Pearland)
Hyderabad House: 14838 Park Row (opened last weekend)
Lone Star Taco Co.: 400 W Parkwood Ave Ste 124 (Friendswood)
TopGolf Houston North: 560 Spring Park Center Blvd (Spring)
Xin Jiang BBQ: 9260 Bellaire Blvd

Additional April closings:

Beef o Brady's: 6200 Broadway St (Pearland)
Ei8ht: 5102 Washington Ave
Formosa Bistro: 9252 Bellaire Blvd, Ste C

KaitlinS topcommenter

@Bruce_Are  At VERTS, it refers to the sandwich. That is what they call their sandwiches, which, yes, contain kabob/kebap meat. We're simply writing it how they do on their menu when we reference that particular restaurant. 

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