Houston's 14 Most Anticipated Fall Restaurant Openings
It's been a busy summer full of openings and as we head into fall the stream of new options does not show any signs of slowing down. That's good news for locals who are soaking up new dishes all over town. Check out these 14 highly anticipated restaurants that plan to open their doors over the next few months for a virtual taste of things to come.
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Who: Anthony Calleo (Pi Pizza food truck) and Lee Ellis (Cherry Pie Hospitality, Lee's Fried Chicken & Donuts, State Fare Kitchen & Bar, Petite Sweets).
What: With countless shifts under his belt tossing pies and feeding fans from his four-wheel kitchen, Calleo will say goodbye to his food truck and hello to a corner kitchen on solid ground. The restaurant will take over the space previously filled by Funky Chicken and offer the likes of fried cauliflower, meatballs and queso. Diners can choose from 20 ready-to-order pizzas like The Grizzly Hawaiian and Who's The Mac or design their own creation from a vast array of toppings.
When: Late August
Where: 181 Heights Blvd.
Who: Charles Bishop and Lyle Bento (Southern Goods)
What: In the space formerly occupied by Java Java Cafe, this spot will offer a casual pub menu that will range from enchiladas to Cajun dishes to chicken-fried steak. Natural woods will highlight the bar where guests can choose from craft beers and a full cocktail selection. A dog-friendly patio will encourage two- and four-legged patrons while a large parking lot adds convenience.
When: August or September
Where: 911 W. 11th St.
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Relish Restaurant & Bar
Who: Owner Addie D’Agostino and executive chef Dustin Teague are replacing their former business and store, Relish Fine Foods, with a new restaurant bearing a similar name.
What: Having gained a loyal following after five years at Relish Fine Foods, the couple will focus on traditional dining for their first standalone restaurant. With fast-casual counter service during the day, the menu will include the sandwiches, soups, and salads that kept patrons returning to the store location, but will also expand to heavier fare with Italian and Mediterranean flavors in a more intimate setting suitable for sit-down dinners. Look for dishes like housemade three-meat ragu, chicken & waffles and peach salad.
When: Early September
Where: 2810 Westheimer Rd.; 713-599-1960
Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors
Who: Adair Concepts helmed by siblings Nick Adair and Katie Adair Barnhart (Adair Kitchen, Los Tios Mexican Restaurant and Skeeter's Mesquite Grill) and chef Joseph Staysich (previously of Karbach Brewing Co. and Benjy's).
What: This come-as-you-are brunch, lunch and dinner spot is just one of two concepts coming this fall from the Adair duo (see Bebidas below). The eclectic menu will draw inspiration from the restaurant's 92-year-old namesake (and the Adairs' grandmother) with potted pimento cheese and a riff on chicken and dumplings before veering off into new territory with a raw bar and innovative grilled vegetable entrees like sweet potato and okra.
When: Early September
Where: 2400 Mid Lane, No. 100
Bebidas Juice, Coffee & Bites
Who: Adair Concepts and Joseph Staysich, of the aforementioned Eloise Nichols.
What: An assortment of goodies will tempt diners including fresh-pressed juices, coffees, nut milks and smoothies in a space that will aim to keep a casual vibe and personal atmosphere. For those seeking solid fare, the food menu will include the likes of yogurt and granola parfaits, breakfast tacos and temaki (cone-shaped nori rolls stuffed with various fillings).
When: Mid September
Where: 2606 Edloe St.
Who: Ryan Lachaine, who formerly worked as sous chef of Underbelly and Reef.
What: The 65-seat restaurant will take over the space formerly filled by Té House of Tea on a quiet neighborhood corner of Montrose. Though dish specifics are sparse, a limited menu of 15–18 tapas-style items will include Gulf Coast inspirations and local ingredients in addition to nods toward Lachaine's Canadian roots.
Where: 1927 Fairview St.
Brasserie du Parc
Who: Owners Chef Philippe Verpiand and Monica Bui of French restaurant Étoile Cuisine Et Bar in Uptown Park.
What: The second restaurant from husband and wife team Verpiand and Bui will inhabit the luxury apartment building across from Discovery Green in Downtown Houston. The 3,000-sq.-ft. space will include a traditional dining room, bar and crêperie serving quick sweet and savory bites via a take-out window accessible for park visitors.
When: Originally slated for fall, the opening date is edging towards January but hopefully construction picks up in time to meet the initial goal.
Where: One Park Pl.1400 McKinney
Courtesy of King's Bierhaus
Who: Owners Johann “Hans” Sitter and son Philipp Sitter (King's Biergarten).
What: The duo behind the award-winning restaurant in Pearland are bringing their signature traditional-meets-modern German fare to this bierhaus with live music in the Heights. Fuel up on hearty fare like sausages with custom mustards, family-recipe liptauer spread, kolaches and homemade gelato accompanied by an extensive beer selection and gourmet teas. Guests can look forward to a biergarten complete with full-sized trees, lots of picnic tables and live music.
When: Late November
Where: 2044 East T.C. Jester
Adriatic Cafe Italian Grill
Who: Family-owned restaurant in neighboring Jersey Village
What: Look for the same fresh bread and made-to-order sauces to accompany salads, pastas, calzones and pizzas that made the first location a popular destination for locals. A laid-back atmosphere will encourage casual attire.
When: Late November or early December
Where: Near Highway 249 and Northpointe (actual address TBA)
Who: Franchisees Sebastien and Nathalie Debbouzzi.
What: The first Houston outpost of the international gelato sensation will serve creative cones of petal-shaped treats in an abundance of gourmet flavors.
When: Originally set for an August opening, the new date is forthcoming for sometime this fall.
Where: River Oaks District; 4444 Westheimer Rd.
Who: The man behind cafe Flo Paris Bakery Cafe, Rabih Salibi, and chef Phillippe Schmit (formerly of Toulouse) are continuing their partnership for this new location.
What: With one location under their belt (open in 2015), husband and wife team Rabih and Florelle along with chef Schmit will bring their French cuisine to Rice Village. Though the menu has not been revealed, look for the dishes that have brought them a loyal following including both sweet and savory crêpes, sandwiches and homemade desserts. Beer and wine service will add to the offerings at both locations.
When: Early fall
Where: 5407 Morningside Dr.
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Bosscat Kitchen & Libations
Who: Owners John "JT" Reed, Leslie Nguyen and Vincent Capizzi along with executive chef Peter Petro and general manager Tai Nguyen (who worked previously at Ruggles Grill in Houston) and bar director Matt Sharpe are leaving California behind to put down roots in the Bayou City.
What: The second location for the California-based concept (the original is in Newport Beach) features a 6,900-sq.-ft. indoor space and a sizable patio, plus a signature glass-enclosed room featuring 350 bottles of whiskey. The food menu will bring in ingredients from local purveyors like 44 Farms, Black Hill Meats and Kraftsmen Baking while signature cocktails and craft beer will round out the drinks. A "mini-rickhouse" will also be located on-site where guests can mix and store their own barrel-aged cocktails.
Where: Westheimer Oaks; 4310 Westheimer Rd.; 949-333-0917
L. Robert Westeen
Who: Executive chef Ryan Hildebrand and pastry chef Caroline Ramirez both of Triniti Restaurant and Bar and Collaborative Projects’ Jim Herd (Underbelly, The Hay Merchant and Julep).
What: Burgers made with a mix of brisket, chuck and sirloin, plus chicken pot pie sandwiches and fries will anchor a menu of elevated backyard fare. Milkshakes from pastry chef Caroline Ramirez will come in both adults-only spiked versions plus variations crowned with massive toppings. The namesake FM Burger will only set diners back $4.99, which is a steal when considering the talent and pedigree behind the meat.
When: Late fall
Where: 1112 Shepherd Dr.; 713-527-9090
Union Kitchen - Ella
Who: Owner/CEO Paul Miller (The Merrill House, Jax Grill, The Rollin' Kitchen), executive chef Mike Pitrello, general manager Adam Sabir and director of operations Craig Lindstrom of GR8 Plate Hospitality Group.
What: The Garden Oaks/Oak Forest storefront marks lucky number seven for the local chain and will further enhance the ongoing improvements taking place in this neighborhood stretch of Ella (Gatlin's Barbecue is just across the tracks). The menu will mimic those at other locations and include a range of options from seafood and steaks to salads, small plates and homemade desserts. Guests will also be able to experience a private dining room, bar and outdoor patio depending on mood and weather.
When: Though the owners hoped to open by end of summer, setbacks now set the timeline to an early fall opening.
Where: 3452 Ella Blvd.