Each Friday, Gastronaut rounds up the most notable opening and closing of the week.
This week's big news was the closure of downtown izakaya joint Goro & Gun after the departure of head chef J.D. Woodward, though the sign hung in the window indicates that this is only an "intermission" of sorts. Indeed, an invitation to a private party this weekend at the currently shuttered bar reads: "306 Main Street, as you may well know is currently in a state of Intermission. Come party with us ... as we say goodbye to the old and welcome the new."
This isn't the first time that Goro & Gun has closed for an intermission, however. You may remember the restaurant closed for a couple of days after their initial soft opening to retool their ramen, which didn't exactly receive rave reviews at first. After this latest intermission, Goro & Gun plans to reopen as a bar only—no food. Head bartender Alex Gregg tells the Houston Chronicle he's excited about the opportunity to expand Goro's popular bar program, for which Gregg was recently recognized as one of the 10 bartenders in the country to watch by BevNetwork. Considering the popularity of neighboring Main Street bars such as Little Dipper, Dean's, and Bad News Bar, the crowds will no doubt pack back into Goro once it starts shaking things up once again.
Speaking of bar retoolings, Little J's—which previously occupied the space on Washington Avenue adjacent to Pearl Bar and across the street from Ninja Ramen—has moved into a more spacious location just down the street. Now comfortably ensconced in the old Blue Moose Lodge at 5306 Washington Ave., the newly revamped Little J's has teamed up with Bourbon and Bacon, the pop-up that used to offer weekly dinners out of Little J's old kitchen.
Now that Bourbon and Bacon has permanently taken over the kitchen at the new Little J's, the bar is offering a full food menu. And yes, it's bacon-heavy. Look for everything from bacon-and-smoked-Gouda mac 'n' cheese and pork sliders with Brie and arugula to bacon grilled cheese sandwiches and even a bacon funnel cake. The only thing that doesn't contain pork on the menu is a side of french fries, although I'm sure they'll throw some bacon on there if you ask.