MARCH 6–MARCH 12, 2012


Open: Hickory Street, 800 Congress Ave.
This isn’t your old Hickory Street. A new team has reopened this downtown spot with a new menu featuring lobster corn dogs, bison sliders, fried catfish tacos, and gluten-free fried chicken. For more information, go to
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Opening March 9: Midnight Cowboy, 313 E. 6th.
A reservations-only cocktail lounge from the Alamo Drafthouse folks with a menu designed by former Haddingtons and Fino mixologist Bill Norris. Reservations for a table inside this tiny space (once home to a brothel) are available beginning March 6. For more information, go to

Opening March 12: Hillside Farmacy, 1209 E. 11th.
Sonya Coté and Mickie Spencer, of East Side Show Room fame, are at it again with a new deli and market that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and features a full bar, a retro soda fountain, and Stumptown coffee. For more information, go to

Closed: Estancia Churrascaria, 4894 U.S. Hwy 290W.
The Arboretum location will remain open.


Opening March 7: Tu-lu’s Gluten-Free Bakery, 6055 Sherry Ln.
This New York import from SMU grad Tully Phillips will feature gluten-free cupcakes, brownies, and cookies. For more information, go to
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Open: Underbelly, 1100 Westheimer Rd.
Restaurateurs Chris Shepherd and Bobby Heugel want to tell the story of Houston food via this space next to the Hay Merchant. For more information, go to
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