Openings & Closings: Crapitto's Closes After 19 Years & Kevin Naderi Opens Lillo & Ella

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Lillo & Ella is the newest restaurant from chef Kevin Naderi.
After nearly two decades of service, Crapitto's Cucina Italiana will close on Saturday, May 24, due to a construction project in River Oaks. The Italian restaurant shared the disappointing news on Facebook saying that the last supper will be held on May 24. Other establishments located around Crapitto's are set to be torn down as well.

Kevin Naderi's Lillo & Ella opened on Tuesday, May 20, at 2307 Ella Boulevard. Naderi's new concept has taken over the previous space of El Gran Malo, and will be open for lunch and dinner serving a multitude of Pan-Asian street food dishes. Choose from item such as basil flat iron beef with steamed rice and baby spinach, and blue crab fried rice for lunch, or feast on tuna tartare with shrimp chips, yogurt and curry shrimp skewers, and cane sugar and black pepper ribeye for dinner.

Common Bond is now officially open. The highly-anticipated bakery and cafe from pastry chef Roy Shvartzapel is located at 1706 Westheimer. CultureMap Houston reports that customers can choose from a selection of sweet and savory items, such as sandwiches, biscuits with bacon gravy, croissants and sticky buns.

Sal y Pimienta is now open in CityCentre at 818 Town & Country Boulevard, Ste. 105. The new South American restaurant recently held its grand opening and shared on its Facebook page that it is now open. In a statement, owner and restaurateur Gianfranco Percovich says Sal y Pimienta will serve a variety of products (fish, meat and produce) from all over the world -- pair any dish with one of the outstanding South American wines.

After Ace Chinese Restaurant in The Woodlands closed, the 4775 W. Panther Creek, Ste. 490, space was transformed into The Republic Grille. This new addition to The Woodlands serves down-home Texas food, such as shrimp and grits with pecan-smoked bacon and Andouille sausage, chicken fried steak and peach cobbler -- H-Town Chow Down noted that the CFC was one of their favorite dishes. Currently, The Republic Grille only serves lunch and dinner, but in late June, a lineup of breakfast options will be available.

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You can't visit the newest BB's Cafe location without ordering the Tex-Cajun Virgin.

BB's Cafe opened another location at 6154 Westheimer in Briargrove. Hank On Food checked out the newest BB's and gave everything he tasted an A+ or an A grade. Just as the other locations do, this BB's Cafe serves up delightful Po'Boys and fingerlicking-good Tex-Cajun Virgin, aka fries smothered in queso, gravy and roast beef.

As beach-goers head to Galveston for summer vacations or weekend getaways, they'll soon have a new bar/restaurant to visit along the Seawall. Longboard Pool Bar is set to open at 1702 Seawall Boulevard on Friday, May 30, as reported by Eater Houston. The new establishment comes from Dennis Byrd, owner of The Spot, Tiki Bar, SideYard and RumShack.

Another Salata opened on Thursday, May 22, at 9050 W. Sam Houston Parkway North. This opening marks the salad bar chain's 18th Houston location -- ten more Salatas are set to open in Texas this year.

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

Crapitto's Cucina Italiana - CLOSED

2400 Mid Lane, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Lillo & Ella

2307 Ella Boulevard, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Gran Malo - CLOSED

2307 Ella, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Common Bond

1706 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sal y Pimienta South American Kitchen

818 Town & Country Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ace Chinese Restaurant - CLOSED

4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Republic Grille

4775 West Panther Creek Dr., The Woodlands, TX

Category: Restaurant

BB's Cafe

6154 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Longboard Pool Bar

1702 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, TX

Category: Restaurant


9050 W. Sam Houston Parkway North, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Just try Thai Stellar in Webster. Sooo good!!! With their "PA NANG curry" You guy should try them.


judging from the nearly-frozen agedashi tofu and other stuff I ate, Lillo & Ella ain't quite ready for prime time


There's a new Frenchy's that opened on Dairy Ashford near Westpark.


Crapitto's and Mark's go down as two of the most overrated restaurants ITL.  Can't wait to see Mark's fold.

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RE: Crapittos' ... Frank's been edging out of the restaurant business for some time.  Seems making boats is taking his fancy now-a-days, so losing the building was probably a bigger downer for the regulars than Frank.


* Bandito’s Taco Grill opened last weekend in Rosenberg (503 Minonite Rd)

* The gelato shop next to Revival Market, Gelazzi (3601 White Oak Dr), is either open or has soft opened.

* Minh Ky Mi Gia, a Vietnamese and Chinese restaurant, opened last week at 12320 Bellaire Blvd, Ste A6.

* Thai Stellar opened last weekend in Webster at 803 E Nasa Pkwy Rd1, Ste 15.

* Two frozen yogurt chains opened their first locations in the Houston area this week. Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt opened in League City earlier this week at 2456 FM 2094. Sweet Frog opens today at 1210 W 43rd St.

* ToreOre reopened inside Super H Mart as The ToreOre this week (1302 Blalock Rd).

* Verts is opening this weekend in Cypress (25626 Northwest Freeway). This is the 4th Houston area location to open.


@WestSideBob building boats and growing tomatoes, more fun than running a restaurant anyday


@Htowncheapeats Also in Cypress, the FroYo a couple doors down from Rockwell Tavern on Telge is now something called Mini Seafood and Steak. They had a grand opening banner up when I drove by a couple days ago but little or no internet presence.


@stolifun awesome!

Donafe's Cafe, a Trinidadian and Tobaga  cafe, opened Friday in Vintage Park at 126 Vintage Park Blvd, Bldg D, Ste F.

Craft beer bar, Hop Scholar Ale House, opened Friday in Spring at 610 Rayford Rd, Ste 642.

La Fresca Pizza opened its second location this week at 6603 Kirby Dr, Ste B.

Banh mi and bubble tea shop, Vina Deli, opened this week at 7306 Louetta Rd, Ste A-114 in Spring.

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