We’ve got a lot of neighborhood foodie news as of late, so let’s review in good ol’ Nibbles fashion.
Molina’s Cantina shutters
Molina’s Cantina, one of Houston’s oldest family owned and operated Tex-Mex restaurants, announced that they will not renew the lease at their 4720 Washington Avenue location. The venue’s 10-year lease expired in late 2016. After weighing options while leasing month-to-month, Raul Molina III, Ricardo and Roberto – the three brothers who co-own the restaurants that their grandparents launched in 1941 – will retire the location with plans to reopen another Molina’s Cantina in west Houston. The last day of service will be September 30. The owners will develop a plan to transfer its Washington staff, many whom have worked for Molina’s in excess of 15 years, to their other two locations or assist in outplacement with similar positions in nearby restaurants.
Republic Diner + Noodle Bar reopens in October
The 11th Street eatery, Republic Diner, has announced its reopening for Oct. 3. The Delicious Concepts Asian spot in the Heights temporarily shut down to add several Ramen Bowls, including classics like “Tonkotsu”, “Spicy Miso” and something new “Kimchi and Cheese” Ramen. The Asian diner boasts a boasts a first of its kind, proprietary ToGo Ramen Transportation System (RTS) that enhances the travel and user experience of the product. Regulars will also be excited to find that most all of the original menu items at Republic will also return with favorites like “Galbi” Korean BBQ, “Dolsot” Hot Pots, and the famous Kimchi.
Creek Group opens new concept
Earlier this year, Jakeisha Wilmore with Houstonia published about new concepts from established restaurateurs to look for later this year.
“This forthcoming bar and grill, tentatively named Cactus Cove, is one of several new concepts on the horizon from the Creek Group (Onion Creek Cafe, Cedar Creek Cafe, Lowbrow),” Wilmore said. “Details are hush-hush for now, but look for the eatery to take over the former Warehouse Bar & Chill in the Timbergrove neighborhood.”
The later is finally here and the Creek Group is making steady progress on the 3333 W 11th St. property. Stay tuned for more on Cactus Cove.