Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

News for Restaurants in Houston
April 2012 Archive

Search / Openings / Closings / News Bytes / Culinary Events / Wine Dinners / Sign up for our free, monthly newsletter / News Archive

HOUSTON RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Tomato and Haas avocado salad from Seasons 52 Seasons 52, which bills itself as a "fresh grill and wine bar restaurant," has announced plans to open a branch at Millennium High Street in spring 2013. It will include a custom-built wine cellar, piano bar, two private dining rooms and a chef's table. The menu will offer seasonally inspired items such as steak and cremini mushroom flatbread and cedar plank salmon. As at the other locations, no dish on the menu will exceed 475 calories. Seasons 52, 4410 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77027, no phone.
 
Roots Bistro has opened in Houston Houston’s Lower Westheimer Curve --- home to such famous eateries as Indika and Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca --- now has a new entry. Chef German Mosquera and partners have opened Roots Bistro, a casual neighborhood restaurant featuring vegetarian and vegan farm-to-fork dishes and a retail wine program designed by Tony Elsinga, a nearly three-decade veteran of the wine business. The restaurant itself is Green Certified and the patio is also dog friendly. Roots Bistro is in the former home of So Vino and Café Moustache. Roots Bistro, 507 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77006, 713-524-1000.
 
From a food truck to a brick-and-mortar --- the guys behind the popular Eatsie Boys gourmet truck are set to open their first restaurant this summer. The new Eatsie Boys 100-seat café will be in the former home of the Kraftsmen Baking café in the 1940-era building known as The Campanile, originally built as a brick church. Co-owner Ryan Soroka says the interior will be revamped to reflect the funky Montrose area vibe with a design inspired by a local graffiti artist. The food will be similar to that served at the food truck, featuring gourmet sandwiches, pastries, ice cream, breakfast fare and light dinners. Soroka, along with partners Alex Vassilakidis and chef Matt Marcus, are also busy building their 8th Wonder Brewery. “We’ve always planned on having a restaurant and a brewery,” Soroka says, “but Texas laws don’t allow brewpubs to sell the beer they make, so we’re having to have two separate locations.” The new café will share the building with a city library, Cezanne jazz club and the Black Labrador pub. Eatsie Boys, 4100 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006, no phone.
 

Find the Best New Year's Eve Restaurants Near You

CELEBRATE IN STYLE
Best New Year's Eve Restaurants

Top 10 Celebrity Spotting Hotels
Top 10 Cognacs

News Bytes

Small Plates, Big Pours at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is offering a Small Plates, Big Pours promotion in the bar area through May 10, 2012. For $24.95, guests can select a small plate (sliced filet mignon, seared ahi tuna, lobster tempura, etc.) paired with an oversized wine pour. The selections range from Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley to Penley Estate Gryphon Merlot from Australia. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Center at River Oaks, 2405 Alabama St., Houston, TX 77004, 713-520-5959.
 

Chef Shuffle

Check back soon for more news.

Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Houston to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from yesteryear. Zula, R.I.P.

In a surprising move, Landry’s Pesce fine seafood-dining eatery closed over the April 1st weekend. But this was no April Fool’s joke, as the phone, website and sign are now gone. Pesce was a hot spot for most of its ten years in the Upper Kirby area but faced recent competition from the newer Eddie V’s Prime Seafood at West Avenue. Located in The Centre at River Oaks, which also houses a shuttered Borders bookstore, the former Pesce spot may not stay empty for long. The national chain Brio Tuscan Grille has pulled renovation permits for the location. Pesce, 3029 Kirby Dr., Houston, TX 77098, no phone.
 

CULINARY EVENTS
Want to
learn to cook? Try new dishes? Meet a foodie friend for fun? Check out our compilation of culinary events in your area.


View our calendar of Wine Dinners & Tastings in Houston

Current News View archived news: September 2013 | August 2013 | July 2013 | June 2013 | May 2013 | April 2013 | March 2013 | February 2013 | January 2013 | December 2012 | November 2012 | October 2012 | September 2012 | August 2012 | July 2012 | June 2012 | May 2012 | April 2012 | March 2012 | February 2012 | January 2012 | December 2011 | November 2011 | October 2011 | September 2011 | August 2011 | July 2011 | June 2011 | May 2011 | April 2011 | March 2011 | February 2011 | January 2011 | December 2010 | November 2010 | October 2010 | September 2010 | August 2010 | July 2010 | June 2010 | May 2010 | April 2010 | March 2010 | February 2010 | January 2010 | December 2009 | November 2009 | October 2009 | September 2009 | August 2009 | July 2009 | June 2009 | May 2009 | April 2009 | March 2009 | February 2009 | November 2008 | June 2008 | May 2008 | March 2008

RESTAURANT AWARDS 2014

Check out the 2014 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue, which features the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., Rising Chefs and more.

TOP 10 BREWPUBS IN THE USThese Top 10 Brewpubs in the US are prime places for locals to gather over great food and handcrafted beer made by small-time, dedicated brewmasters.