Openings & Closings: Lucky Burger Says Goodbye After 40 Years & Siphon Coffee Finally Opens
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.
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.
Photo by John Kiely Now you can get this pizza at two locations.
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.
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.
1601 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX
909 Texas, Houston, TX
3200 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX
3601 White Oak, Houston, TX
610 Rayford Road, Spring, TX
126 Vintage Park Blvd., Houston, TX
6603 Kirby, Houston, TX
5300 Braeswood Blvd., Houston, TX
701 W Alabama St, Houston, TX
503 FM 2977, Rosenberg, TX
25626 Northwest Freeway, Cypress, TX
4807 San Jacinto St., Houston, TX
2456 FM 2094, Houston, TX
23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard, Katy, TX