Openings & Closings: Lucky Burger Says Goodbye After 40 Years & Siphon Coffee Finally Opens

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Swamplot broke the news this week that Lucky Burger at 1601 Richmond Avenue will close on Saturday, May 31. Now that the burger joint's lease is up, the restaurant will turn off the lights after 40 years of operation. But, if you want to take a piece of the restaurant home with you, especially if it was a memorable spot to grab a cheeseburger, then you can buy some of the tables, chairs, cookware and equipment, if items are still available.

CultureMap Houston's Eric Sandler reports that The State Bar & Lounge at 909 Texas will hold its last service on Saturday, May 31. A manager told Sandler that the bar is closing, but did not reveal the reason.

The Cafe Express at 3200 Kirby also closed on Thursday, May 29. Cafe Express released a flyer explaining that the Kirby location closed "due to site development." This Cafe Express has been serving customers since 1987, but that has all come to an end. Fortunately there are other locations around town for you to get your sandwich, salad and burger fixes.

Photo by John Kiely
Now you can get this pizza at two locations.
Remember when John Kiely asked La Fresca Pizza to become a chain? Well the local pizza shop has opened its second location at 6603 Kirby last week. Fans of the thin-crust pizza with super fresh toppings can now grab a slice in Meyerland and inside the loop.

Just in time for the summer, Gelazzi is now open at 3601 White Oak Drive, just behind Revival Market, on May 18. While you can satisfy your sweet tooth and cool down from the rising temperatures outside with gelato, you can also sit down to a flatbread or Panini and a cold beer or glass of wine for lunch or dinner once the restaurant receives its TABC license.

Hop Scholar Ale House held its soft opening on Friday, May 23. This dive bar at 610 Rayford in Spring serves craft beers from Southern Star, Karbach, Buffalo Bayou, Saint Arnold, B-52 and many more.

The Vintage Park shopping center has welcomed many new restaurants over the past several months, and Donafe's Café is the latest addition. Donafe's Café, located at 126 Vintage Park Boulevard in Suite F, serves pastries (savory and sweet), sandwiches and drinks inspired from the cuisine of Trinidad and Tobago. This pastry shop and café opened on Friday, May 23, next to Facon Brazilian Restaurant, a recent newcomer to the shopping center.

Bandito's Taco Grill opened in Rosenberg at 503 FM 2977 during the weekend of May 24. Bandito's serves a variety of breakfast tacos filled with steak, egg, potato, chorizo, beans and cheese, as well as specialty tacos for lunch and dinner. How about a Santo taco with slow-braised shredded beef brisket, grilled onions, jalapenos, cilantro, avocado and cheese? Or the Bonnie & Clyde taco with blackened seasoned grilled tilapia, slaw, cilantro, pineapple, mango and creamy chipotle sauce?

Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg
Siphon Coffee sells more than just coffee drinks.

Siphon Coffee is finally open. The sign on the marquee has changed from "Coming Soon" to "We Are Open." Along with siphon-made coffee concoctions, this new coffee spot serves up savory items like breakfast tacos, empanadas filled with chicken, beef or potato. Kaitlin Steinberg chose the finocchiona sandwich as her No. 93 favorite dish. It's a panini filled with Italian fennel salami made with ground pork and pork fat (finocchiona), melted scamorza cheese, giardiniera tapenade and roasted red bell pepper strips.

VERTS seems to be multiplying its locations almost as fast as Dunkin' Donuts -- well, not quite that fast, but the fourth location opened in Cypress at 25626 Northwest Freeway on Saturday, May 24. Now you can get a döner kebap in Cypress.

If you're just looking for a regular sandwich, then head to the newest Subway at 4807 San Jacinto. The newest location opens today, May 30, and beginning at 7 a.m. until Saturday, May 31 at 10 p.m., this Subway will offer a free second sub sandwich of equal or lesser value to the first purchased sandwich.

Two new frozen yogurt locations opened last week. Zoyo Frozen Yogurt opened in League City at 2456 FM 2094 on Wednesday, May 21. Sweet Frog opened in Oak Forest/Garden Oaks at 1210 W 43rd St. on Friday, May 23.

Another Torchy's Tacos is headed to Houston, well actually Katy. The new location will open at 23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard on June 12. Get to this Torchy's between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. for free tacos. But if you miss out on this deal, you'll always be able to get happy hour discounts and beers from Saint Arnold, Karbach and the area's own No Label Brewing Company.

Head to the next page for a complete listing of May's openings and closings.

Location Info

Lucky Burger - CLOSED

1601 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The State Bar & Lounge

909 Texas, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Cafe Express - CLOSED

3200 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


3601 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hop Scholar Ale House

610 Rayford Road, Spring, TX

Category: Music

Donafe's Café

126 Vintage Park Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

La Fresca Pizza

6603 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

La Fresca Pizza

5300 Braeswood Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Siphon Coffee

701 W Alabama St, Houston, TX

Category: General

Bandito's Taco Grill

503 FM 2977, Rosenberg, TX

Category: Restaurant


25626 Northwest Freeway, Cypress, TX

Category: Restaurant


4807 San Jacinto St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Zoyo Frozen Yogurt

2456 FM 2094, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Torchy's Tacos

23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard, Katy, TX

Category: Restaurant

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WestSideBob topcommenter

Molly ... How about an update on:  Surfing Cowboys, the new El Gran Malo and Yucatan Taco Stand ??

chris luder
chris luder

We used to call that place Aids Bandaid Burger because it looked so sketchy. But their food is great.

Amanda Simonian
Amanda Simonian

Looks like I know where we will be going for pre-surprise drinks on Saturday. We really should have done more. I know that building was recently purchased and part of the plans are to put in a "rooftop" swimming pool. I would bet that is why it's closing.


* Sassafras, a dive bar from the bartenders of  Big Star Bar and Grand Prize Bar, opened Wednesday at 5022 Pinemont Dr. The bar which also serves craft beers and wine, was last occupied by The Brew House and before that Crazy J's.

* Lu Xiang Village replaced Happy Bakery last week at 6650 Corporate Dr, Ste C. The restaurant/bakery specializes in Shandong cuisine.

Other restaurant, bar, and store openings in May:

Afghan's Dastarkhwan: 6800 Southwest Fwy Ste C

Buc-ee's: 6201 Gulf Fwy (Texas City)

Dirty Fingers Cajun House: 11755 W Little York Rd, Ste 206

Elysium Lounge: 2400 Brazos

Frenchy's Chicken: 3455 S. Dairy Ashford, Ste 100

La Alegria Mexican Restaurant: 7014 Fry Rd, Ste 101 (Cypress) 

Lone Star Taco Co.: 1001 Texas St

Lone Star Taco Co.: 1510 Broadway (Pearland)

Lu Xiang Village: 6650 Corporate Dr, Ste C

Minh Ky Mi Gia: 12320 Bellaire Blvd, Ste A6

Pepe's Grill (food truck)

O'seea Tequila Lounge: 1620 Research Forest Dr

Ojos Locos Sports Cantina: 4422 North Fwy

One Hot Pot & Grill: 12148 Bellaire Blvd, Ste 111

Sassafras: 5022 Pinemont Dr

Sustain Juicery: 4061 Bellaire Blvd, Ste G

Thai Stellar: 803 E Nasa Pkwy Rd1, Ste 154 (Webster)

The Americana Café: 5120 Woodway Dr, Ste 145

The Egg & I: 9920 Hwy 90-A, Ste 150C (Sugar Land)

The ToreOre: 1302 Blalock Rd 

Vina Deli: 7306 Louetta Rd Ste A114 (Spring)

W Grill: 12301 Kurland Dr, Ste 175 

Warehouse Bar & Chill, 3333 W. 11th St. (opened Friday)

Wing Theory (food truck)

Yun Loy Asian Market: 475 Sawdust Rd (Spring)

Additional May closings:

Happy Bakery: 6650 Corporate Dr, Ste C 

Paparruchos Restaurant & Bar: 1620 Research Forest Dr (Shenandoah)

The Brew House: 5022 Pinemont Dr


Also LA Crawfish opened its third location last Friday at 6439 W 43rd St. A fourth location is being planned for the Willowbrook area.

Tan Tien at 12320 Bellaire Blvd, Ste A6, is closed. It's been replaced by Minh Ky Mi Gia.

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