Each Friday, Gastronaut rounds up the most notable opening and closing of the week.
This has been a busy week for the food blogs, as seemingly one restaurant after another self-immolates in dramatic fashion. First it was Facundo Cafe on October 3, then Salé-Sucré on October 6 and Coppa Ristorante the same day, and on October 8, it was Van Loc. Today, word broke that MF Sushi had closed its doors, though owner Chris Kinjo told CultureMap's Eric Sandler the closure is only temporary.
This closure is especially noteworthy to Houstonia, as we recently named MF Sushi one of Houston's Top 5 best new restaurants in the October issue that's currently on newsstands. Food critic Robb Walsh called Kinjo "a master of all things sushi" whose "mastery is even in evidence with humble nigiri." Kinjo did not return our request for comment, and the phone at MF Sushi is currently connecting to a voicemail box.
MF Sushi's closure was notable for the Houston Chronicle as well, as Kinjo's restaurant had just landed on food critic Alison Cook's annual list of the 100 best restaurants in Houston. Wrote Chron columnist Syd Kearney of the recent rash of closures, MF Sushi included: "They’re dropping like flies. Big Top 100 flies."
In openings news, two restaurants have recently announced their intention to debut next month: H-Town StrEATs owner Jason Hill told us Hugs & Donuts—his Heights donut shop with food truck partner Matt Opaleski—would open in November at 1801 N. Shepherd Dr. And over on his Facebook page, Levi Rollins wrote that Urban Eats will finally open next month at 3414 Washington Ave. nearly a year after the restaurant was first announced as "Lucky's Urban Kitchen." Rollins calls his concept "three innovative dining experiences; our full service Bistro + Bar, fast-casual eatery, and gourmand market."
"Houston dines out," writes Rollins, "it’s a part of our culture." Unlike New York, the city that never sleeps, Rollins says Houston's "the city that always eats"—a slogan we're rather keen on. Curiously, the skyline in the Urban Eats logo appears to be that of some entirely different city. Maybe Houston was too busy eating to make its way in there. Typical Houston.