Openings & Closings: Confusion at Osteria Mazzantini

Categories: Restaurant News

Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg
Osteria Mazzantini will close on Saturday after being in operation for less than a year.
Unlike past weeks, this week was filled with upsetting and shocking closings. First, let's start with Osteria Mazzantini. On Tuesday, July 1, chef and owner John Sheely informed CultureMap Houston that his newest restaurant, Osteria Mazzantini, which opened in August 2013, would serve its last meal on Saturday, July 5. Sheely explained that the 2200 Post Oak Boulevard space would be replaced with a new concept from Green Cafe Management, called Ruggles Kitchen. But, in a turn of events, Sheely informed CultureMap's Eric Sandler that the restaurant would not be closing. In a text message to Sandler, Sheely wrote, "We are staying open. No further comments. Thanks."

Jarro Cafe, located at 1521 Gessner in Spring Branch, quietly closed at the end of June. One commenter mentioned the Mexican restaurant might have shut its doors, and Houstonia's Katharine Shilcutt confirmed the speculations. Jarro Cafe placed a sign on the front door stating, "Closed due to the poor infrastructure of the building. Sorry Jarro Cafe." Shilcutt also reported that the building was mostly empty as a lot of the furniture and décor had been removed. The taco truck remains open, though.

Photo courtesy of Listos Restaurant
Say goodbye to this burger from Listos for now.
In more closings news, Listos Restaurant, which received the No. 3 spot on our list of top five underrated burgers in Houston according to our readers, closed its doors on June 25. The restaurant located at 8347 Howard posted the announcement on its Facebook page, "Wanted to say thank you to everyone who has supported LISTOS over the last 2 years. Sadly we have closed for business. We will miss our great customers and staff. We are looking at other options, so please stay tuned. We will keep this page active, so that we can keep you updated. Again a big thank you to everyone!"

This closing is near and dear to my heart as I grew up eating chicken-fried steak and cheeseburgers at Strack Farms Restaurant. The Houston Chronicle broke the sad news that the family-friendly barbecue joint at 5707 Louetta in Spring served its last meal on Sunday, June 29.

Photo by Mai Pham
Get the Homeroom burger at Bernie's Burger Bus in Bellaire.

Let's move on to happier news, shall we? Bernie's Burger Bus finally opened its brick-and-mortar at 5407 Bellaire Boulevard. Kaitlin Steinberg reported that owner and chef Justin Turner made the announcement via Instagram. Sink your teeth into a juicy burger, like the Homeroom topped with applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese "tipsy" onions, chipotle aioli and a fried egg. Add a side of classic finger-licking-good truffle fries and a boozy milkshake from Fluff Bake Bar's Rebecca Masson. The restaurant's operating hours are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., and Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. until midnight.

Commenter HtownCheapEats let us know in last week's openings and closings report that Dosi Restaurant & Soju Bar opened at 2802 South Shepherd on June 26. Eater Houston explains that the restaurant serves tapas-style Korean-inspired fare with a Southern twist. Some of the dishes include Wagyu beef jerky; shrimp porridge with rice, red beans, melted shallot and white kimchee; pork belly with a sour plum juice, peanuts, radish and rau ram; and fried chicken.

The Sawyer Heights neighborhood welcomed La Madeleine, located at 2423 Katy Freeway in Suite E, on Thursday, July 3. This new establishment marks the 16th La Madeleine location in the greater Houston area.

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Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
Now you can get this burger in Kemah.

Hubcap Grill's third location in Kemah at 800 Bradford off of 8th Street opened this week. Owner Ricky Craig has been actively updating followers on Twitter about the restaurant's progress. The Kemah location opened for lunch service on Thursday, July 3.

HtownCheapEats informed us of several openings in Sugar Land, Spring and Galveston. Cool off with bubble tea and shaved ice desserts at Hippo Ice, located at 3737 Highway 6. The folks behind Don Bigotes Tacos al Carbon opened a Mexican seafood restaurant La Cevicheria at 2616 FM 2920 in Spring, which offers whole fried fish, fish tacos and an array of ceviches. Hit the beach this summer, then grab a cold beer at Bull's Island Bar & Grill located at 504 25th Street in Galveston.

Sip on wine, then purchase any bottle you enjoy at Envy Wine Room located in Old Town Spring at 317 Gentry Street; the wine room and bar also serves a selection of beers, snacks and desserts to pair with your drink of choice. Bring a bottle of vino to the new BYOB pizzeria, Skinny Pig Pizza Shack, located just around the corner at 417 Gentry. Skinny Pig serves low-carb and gluten-free pizzas so you can "Pig Out, Lose Weight!" And just because the pizzeria goes light on the carbs, doesn't mean they skimp on the flavor. Try the BBQ Porkie Pizza topped with pulled BBQ pork marinated in a low-carb BBQ sauce, Colby Jack cheese, red onions and a low-carb BBQ sauce on a pork and cheese crust. A quarter of a 12-inch pizza has eight net carbs.

Stop by Jugs Draft at 3109 South Shepherd where you can fill up a growler. Choose from a multitude of craft beers, such as Buffalo Bayou Summer Wit, 8th Wonder Dome Faux'm and Karbach Hop Delusion. Twelve-ounce bottles are also available for purchase. Bring your growler to the nearby BYOB Jeni's Noodle House at 3111 South Shepherd.

Head to the next page for a complete listing of the openings and closings from the month of June...

Location Info

Osteria Mazzantini

2200 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Jarro Cafe - CLOSED

1521 S. Gessner, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Strack Farms Restaurant - CLOSED

5707 Louetta, Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Listos - CLOSED

8347 Howard St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bernie's Burger Bus

5407 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hubcap Grill

, Kemah, TX

Category: Restaurant

Dosi Restaurant & Soju Bar

2802 S Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

La Madeleine

2423 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hippo Ice

3737 Highway 6, Sugar Land, TX

Category: Restaurant

La Cevicheria

2616 FM 2920, Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bull's Island Bar & Grill

504 25th Street, Galveston, TX

Category: Music

Envy Wine Room

317 Gentry St., Spring, TX

Category: Music

Skinny Pig Pizza Shack

417 Gentry St., Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Jugs Draft

3109 S Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX

Category: General

Jenni's Noodle House

3111 S. Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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gossamersixteen topcommenter

So sad about Strack farms, I grew up a Klein-kid..


Wait, Houstonia just reviewed Osteria Mazzantini in its July issue. Why would they review a restaurant that is closed or closing?


@meggarity They are open, Ms Shilcutt is wrong. Apparently she relied on CultureMap reporting to learn they were closing, and on CultureMap again to learn they would remain open.


@raglan3  Probably for the same reason that the July issue treats us to "Foodie News" that happened back in April and May: MF Sushi ReOpens, Table on Post Oak Opens, Peli Peli is moving to the Galleria!

Try dropping these newsflashes to your foodie friends on 4th of July and watch the looks you get.


@Hanna @meggarity fwiw, how often does a news source edit an Update to obscure the fact of second and third hand reporting?


@JChitkowski @raglan3 

printing old stuff and calling it news---another way they're copying My Table!

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