–Updated Feb. 9
Superica and La Lucha coming to Houston this year
Ford Fry, a Houston native and Atlanta restaurateur announced last summer he’d like to open a third location of his Tex-Mex concept Superica in Houston. The other two Superica’s are in Atlanta.
It was recently revealed the third location will be built in the Houston Heights during the Spring of this year. This will also be the debut of La Lucha, a neighborhood bar, lounge, and eatery, under the same roof as Superica. The restaurant will have an oyster shucking room, an exposed wood burning hearth, and a surrounding outdoor patio.
Superica will be the perfect place to enjoy Texas favorites, while La Lucha will offer a more funky, unique menu, as well as supplying guests with a wide variety of bubbly wines, craft beers, and tequila to choose from.
Oak Forest to gain a popular Montrose spot
The Montrose Vietnamese restaurant Les Ba’get closed its doors last week. According to Eater Houston, the restaurant isn’t abandoning the area that gave them their notoriety. The Montrose location will be rejuvenated as Les Noo’dle, a pho bar.
Luckily for the Oak Forest area, the Les Ba’get concept is moving to 35th and Ella later in the Spring of this year. The menu will include items from the original location, like banh mi sandwiches, pho, rice vermicelli noddle bowls, and more.
A new bar for the Heights
Moku Bar, the hot spot that’s known for their raw fish bowl, has their sights set on the Heights for their new location. An address hasn’t yet been announced, but according to Eater Houston, the restaurant is expected to make White Oak their new home.
Retro restaurant newly opened in the Heights
On February 7, BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures opened its doors. The concept comes from the same team behind the Galleria restaurant and bar, Bosscat Kitchen & Liberation. Taking over the space on Studewood that was formally Glass Wall, as reported by CultureMap, BCK completely transformed the space. New booths, wrapped bench seating, and shelves made from hand-stitched luggage are featured in the space. To add a bit more retro to the feel of the place, BCK obtained antiques from a store on 19th Street.
BCK will be taking a different approach with their menu than Bosscat. At BCK, they are pulling from their childhood for inspiration. Head chef Jeff Fernandez and Peter Petro came together to develop menu items, like a two-patty cheeseburger, “Pasgettios,” and Backhand Shrimp.
The first two week will be considered a soft opening and the menu will change daily based on feedback from customers. The final menu will launch Feb. 21, with brunch beginning in March. Visit the new restaurant at 933 Studewood St. Monday to Saturday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Local Foods to open fifth location at the Heights Mercantile
The owner and chef-partner of Local Foods, Benjy Levit and Dylan Murray, said their growing sandwich shop will open its fifth location at the Heights Mercantile, as reported by CultureMap. For this location Levit had in mind a gathering spot for the neighborhood. A diner in a sense, but with a large amount of counter seating. Thirty-five seats will wrap the kitchen so that people can watch their food being prepared, and it will have primarily booth seating.
They will be using one menu for the entire day, with a mix of breakfast items, sandwiches, and hot entrees available every day of the week from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cane Rosso now offering new burgers
Known for its pizza, Cane Rosso is trying something new. According to CultureMap, on Wednesday nights both locations of Cane Rosso will serve the Ghostface Squealer Burger, which includes a beef and ghost pepper bacon patty with habanero slaw, pickles, spicy mayo, and double American cheese for $12 and the Cane Rosso Burger for $10. The Heights location is at 1835 N Shepherd Dr.
Poitin to open soon at Sawyer Yards
A new restaurant and bar concept by Irish restauranteur, Ian Tucker, will open Spring / late Summer 2018. Poitin will feature cross-cultural cuisine, vibrant cocktails, and a globally-curated wine list. It will open its doors as the new tenants at Sawyer Yards in the Washington Avenue Art District.
Chef Dominick Lee will oversee the kitchen, alongside General Manager Todd Leveritt. Lee, who grew up in New Orleans, will assume the role of Executive Chef for the first time in his culinary career.
Poitin will have multiple private dining rooms, a show-stopping bar, and an elegant design aesthetic within its 8,000-square-foot interior. The restaurant will also have one of the best downtown skyline views in Houston, where guests can enjoy on Poitin’s 1,600-square-foot patio.
To be located at 2313 Edwards St., the restaurant will be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week, with the bar open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Weekend brunch will be available on Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m.