The Ten Summer Openings We're Most Excited About

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Partners Matt Toomey, Charlotte Mitchell and Brad Moore of The Honeymoon.
The Honeymoon Cafe & Bar
Take a mini vacation with The Honeymoon, a new bar from Brad Moore and Ryan Rouse of The Corinthian Bar Group (Goro & Gun, Lei Low Bar, OKRA, Bad News Bar, Big Star Bar and Grand Prize Bar) and Matt Toomey and Charlotte Mitchell of Boomtown Coffee. Originally scheduled to open this spring, the bar is now eyeing a summer debut, and we can hardly wait. The Honeymoon is promising a New Orleans vibe, combining beer, wine and cocktails with coffee and small, gourmet eats in one convenient setting on Main Street downtown. Amanda McGraw is developing the food menu, and Justin Burrow of Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge is creating the cocktail menu. The cafe and bar aims to capture all types of people who find themselves downtown, from theater-goers to office workers and all the drinkers in between.

Hugs & Donuts
H-Town StrEATs, which opened a long time ago by food truck standards, is one of the original gangster gourmet food trucks in Houston, but it may soon be parking for some time as the chefs/owners, Jason Hill and Matt Opaleski, embark on a new project. At Hugs & Donuts, there will definitely be doughnuts, and Opaleski tells us, there will probably be some hugs, too. The duo can't say for sure whether opening up the doughnut and kolache shop in the Heights next to Fat Cat Creamery will force them to hang up their truck driving hats for good, but once Hugs & Donuts opens in July, it will be their primary focus. Back when they started planning the restaurant more than a year ago, there weren't any true gourmet doughnut shops in Houston. Now, they're starting to spring up in truck and building form, but Opaleski and Hill remain convinced that there's a place for their uber doughnuts in the Houston scene. If you've had the awesome eats from H-Town StrEATs, you're no doubt sold on the concept as well. Stay tuned for a Kickstarter to fund the new restaurant launching soon.

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Location Info

Bernie's Burger Bus

5407 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Honeymoon Cafe & Bar

300 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Music


1333 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


1919 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Music

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Alexis Bradford
Alexis Bradford

Rod oooo Glazed and hugs and doughnuts sounds delicious... I'm excited about these new places

Bruce_Are topcommenter

I wish them well, but I wonder how Bernie's is going to avoid becoming another Burger Guys.


I'm looking forward to every one of these to open. An employee at Bernie's Burger Bus Stop informed me that the doors may open this week, next week at the latest. I hope so. I think Glazed will do well but I'm really anticipating Hugs & Donuts. If the menu H-Town Streats offered is any indication, I'm sure the donuts and kolaches will be received well. 

I'm excited for BCN Taste & Tradition, the Spanish restaurant opening this summer supposedly off Richmond Ave. I was hoping Cowboy Surfers and the other FeedTX concept would be ready this summer but I am guessing much of the focus is on the Liberty Kitchen set to open this summer in Austin.


@Bruce_Are  I never had a chance to visit the Burger Guys in downtown (I was planning to go a week after they had just closed) but I heard great things about it. What exactly is wrong with Burger Guys? Just curious.

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