Openings & Closings: Fluffernutters Are Coming to Midtown

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Photo by Chuck Cook
Susie Jimenez closed Trenza on July 12.
The Owl Bar at 3200 Kirby will close after the weekend of July 26. The Upper Kirby bar won't be gone for long though; there are plans to reopen The Owl Bar at 2221 West Alabama sometime during the fall of this year. For three days (July 24-26), The Owl Bar will have a "closeout" weekend to get rid of all the booze.

In a surprising (or not so surprising, depending on your outlook) turn of events, Susie Jimenez announced on Friday, July 11, that her Upper Kirby restaurant, Trenza, would close the following day after dinner service. The Houston Press profiled Jimenez in a chef chat that same week where she gave no hint or indication that she would be shutting down her restaurant. In fact, she proclaimed plans of sticking around for a while and not giving up, despite rumors of Trenza failing financially.

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Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg
Soon, you can buy Fluffernutters from Fluff Bake Bar's brick-and-mortar in Midtown.
But, that same day, July 11, Fluff Bake Bar owner and pastry chef Rebecca Masson announced her plans to open a storefront in Midtown. Masson received $53,000 from Houstonians through her Kickstarter campaign in December 2013; she will use these funds to open her brick-and-mortar bakery at 304 Gray, where Sweet Lola Yogurt Bar used to reside. In addition to her insanely-good Fluffernutters, cookies and cupcakes, Masson will also serve fancier dessert plates like a grade "A" maple syrup crème brulee topped with lardons and walnuts. Fluff Bake Bar might also feature savory cheese and charcuterie plates with beer and wine. Masson hopes to open her bakery in the fall of this year.

The Springbok has been open for a few weeks, but only serving drinks; as of July 21, lunch and dinner will be available. The menu includes South African dishes, such as oxtail with red curry, glazed carrots and Yorkshire pudding; lamb sausage with a farm egg, harissa butter and fries; and Bunny Chow, a lamb curry tossed with mango chutney in a bread bowl.

Lucky Burger closed just a few weeks ago, but Swamplot noticed a new restaurant might be moving in, and it might be serving banh mi sandwiches. A new Twitter account for "Oui BanhMi," a concept associated with Les Givral's Kahve, lists its location at 1601 Richmond, which was the previous address of Lucky Burger. The teaser Twitter account describes itself as "Banh Mi - Drive Thru - Coming Soon..." We'll just have to wait and see if this Twitter account is real.

Rita's Italian Ice opened in Sugar Land at 1226 Museum Square Drive. The Italian Ice and frozen custard chain will hold its grand opening on August 15, but before the big event, you can grab a cup of Italian Ice and gelati, or swirl frozen custard onto a waffle cone during normal business hours. For the entire month of July, buy two quarts of Italian Ice between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., and get one for free.

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The Owl Bar

3200 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Trenza - CLOSED

2800 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Fluff Bake Bar

304 Gray Street, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sweet Lola Yogurt Bar - CLOSED

304 Gray, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Springbok

711 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Lucky Burger - CLOSED

1601 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Les Givral's Kahve

4601 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Rita's Italian Ice

1226 Museum Square Drive, Sugar Land, TX

Category: Restaurant

Snap Kitchen

1200 McKinney Street, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Camarones Coastal Tex-Mex

6310 Heards Lane, Galveston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Stuttgarden Tavern On the Strand

2110 Strand Street, Galveston, TX

Category: Music

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

32910 FM 2978, Magnolia, TX

Category: Restaurant

DrinkabiliTEA Cafe

3335 College Park Drive, The Woodlands, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tony's Italian Delicatessen

16283 Texas Highway 105, Montgomery, TX

Category: Restaurant

Maryam's Cafe

315 W 19th Street, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cricket's Creamery & Cafe - CLOSED

315 W. 19th St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

True Food Kitchen

1700 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

North Italia

1700 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Dunkin' Donuts

2340 Marina Bay Drive, League City, TX

Category: Restaurant

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HtownCheapEats
HtownCheapEats

* Gyro King, a food truck serving Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare, opened recently at  2424 Old Spanish Trail.


* Quite A Stir, a stir-fry food truck, opened last week for business.


* The Bird Food Truck opened last week.


* Hicks House Cajun Cafe opened last week at 5400 Pinemont, Ste 102.


* Moderno Tacos & Tex-Mex soft opened last weekend. The Tex-Mex concept from Palazzos is located at 10455 Briar Forest Dr, Ste 150.


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Bubble tea shop, I Heart Boba, will open its fourth location in the Greater Houston area Monday. The shop - which also serves fresh fruit juices, coffee drinks, smoothies, and banh mi sandwiches - is located at 4935 Hwy 6 N.


Bruce Molzan's new restaurant mentioned in CultureMap and Houston Chronicle last month, will be opening soon. The restaurant will open as Ruggles Black. 


slimthug
slimthug

Is Osteria Mazzantini still around? The owner gave a farewell interview and thanked patrons for their business....and then said he changed his mind. But in the meantime his chef and most staff left the place.

BobbyFreshpants
BobbyFreshpants topcommenter

Chopping Block on Washington which didn't last very long, across from Kung Fu, is looking to become Concrete Cowboy, I believe based in Dallas. 


KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@slimthug Yes, it is evidently back from the dead. We're confused too.

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

@BobbyFreshpants ahhhh, a douche-bag bar out of Dallas, I will wait for the closing notice in this section....

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