Chef Jason Liao promises to relocate Preview Modern Seafood and its beautifully presented dishes to Tides in Midtown.

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Each Friday, Gastronaut rounds up the most notable opening and closing of the week.

Less than a year after opening its doors in Sugar Land, Preview Modern Seafood abruptly shut them this past Monday. The permanent closure followed a two-week period in which the restaurant was closed while chef Jason Liao and his staff were on sabbatical. Preview, which Houstonia named as one of the best new restaurants of 2014, announced the closure on Facebook, saying:

We would like to thank our guests for all of your support in the past ten months. We would also like to thank Sugar Land for having us. Over this short period of time, we have created, shared, learned and grown so much. We thank you all for that and hope you enjoyed the "Preview".

This is a bittersweet moment as we announce that Preview would be permanently closed as of this week. As one door closes, another opens. Watch for the main event as we are starting our project and reincarnating as "Tides" in Midtown. Please stay in touch and see you soon!

After a fallow period in which Midtown mostly saw frat bar after frat bar opening to the endless fratty crowds that stream through the area on the weekends, it seems that the scene may be following the trend set along Washington Ave. as interesting new restaurants move in, from Holley's Seafood to Oporto Fooding House & Wine to the incoming Izakaya from the Azuma Group, which also owns Kata Robata and Soma Sushi.

Speaking of which, Jinya Ramen is finally open in Midtown at 3201 Louisiana St. after a series of delays. This technically marks the first official Houston location of the popular Japanese chain, as the first Houston-area location opened in Webster last year. Eater Houston reports that Jinya is offering 10 varieties of ramen on its Midtown menu. Notoriously prickly Facebook group Ramen in Common—which certainly has the bluntest reviews of restaurants, ramen or otherwise, I've ever seen—seems fond of Jinya so far, with many of its 1,400 members singling out the tonkotsu black ramen and its tempura brussels sprouts as favorites. Befitting its nightlife surroundings, Jinya plans to remain open until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. on weekends depending on the crowds. Sounds like this will suit Midtown just fine.

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