Coming soon to Highland Village: a lot of competition for Smith & Wollensky.

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

As we reported earlier this week, the River Oaks District announced a big line-up of new stores and one big steakhouse coming soon to Highland Village this fall. That steakhouse is Steak 44, which opened its first location in Phoenix last spring as the newest addition to the Mastro Family Restaurant Group portfolio. Steak 44's basic premise is a modern, upscale steakhouse that specializes in pricey cuts like a Delmonico rib-eye that's "a heavily marbled piece of meat that's also 28-day wet aged and handcut" on-site, according to the Phoenix New Times, which listed the steak at No. 16 on its list of 100 Favorite Dishes last year. We'd almost be worried for Houston's other high-end steakhouses such as Vic & Anthony's, Brenner's, Brenner's on the Bayou, Morton's, McCormick & Schmick's and Willie G's Seafood and Steaks except for one thing: it's a scientifically proven fact that Houston has no saturation point when it comes to steakhouses. 

In closings, it appears that Houston does have a saturation point when it comes to burger joints—even burger joints that have been around since 1934. Swamplot reports that the Greenway Plaza location of Prince's Hamburgers appears to have shut its doors permanently, though questions remain about exactly how permanent "permanently" means. For our part, we couldn't reach anyone at Prince's to confirm, nor could the Houston Chronicle's Syd Kearney, though the location on Weslayan at the Southwest Freeway remains on Prince's website. In the meantime, a solution: simply visit one of the burger chain's three remaining locations in Houston.

Ed. note: An earlier version of this post indicated that Steak 44 was technically owned by Landry's, Inc. While Landry's does own Mastro’s Steakhouse and Mastro’s Ocean Club, it does not own Mastro’s Family Restaurant Group, which owns Steak 44. 

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