Each Friday, Gastronaut rounds up the most notable opening and closing of the week.
According to the giant marquee outside Outlaw Dave's Worldwide Headquarters that read "Adios bitches" as of last night, the Washington Avenue bar has served its last beer. Since opening in 2012 as a combination watering hole and HQ for the Outlaw Dave Show—which broadcasted from a glass booth inside—the Worldwide Headquarters had difficulty drawing customers away from nearby Washington Corridor mainstays such as Canyon Creek and the Christian's Tailgate across I-10. (Trivia time: the first Christian's Tailgate was originally located in the same building as Outlaw Dave's Worldwide Headquarters.)
Though the steak night and Outlaw Dave himself, a Houston radio institution since the 1980s, were big draws, the bar ultimately couldn't compete and made the difficult decision to close, says a source close to Outlaw Dave. (Though one also questions whether or not a 2013 breach of contract lawsuit hastened proceedings.) The source also indicated that the bar had been purchased by the group that runs Proof Rooftop Lounge in Midtown and the recently closed Revolver, a bourbon bar in Willowbrook that—like Outlaw Dave's—wildly miscalculated their immediate audience. Perhaps the Proof gang will have more success with whatever they put in place of the Worldwide Headquarters, but the real question is this: Is the Outlaw Dave Show still on the air? Of course. You can still catch Dave and the gang daily on KPRC AM 950. Our suggestion for a new taping location? Team up with Michael Berry and double down on KPRC shows at the Redneck Country Club.
In openings news, the El Tiempo Cantina 1308 Annex—let's just call it The Annex for short—served its first fajita platters this week in the former location of La Casa del Caballo (previously Don Julio, previously Caffe Bello, previously La Strada...). If anyone can succeed in the "cursed" space at 322 Westheimer Rd., one would hope it would be the Laurenzo family, whose Tex-Mex empire now counts two locations in Montrose and many more across the city. Prepare for your friends to get super confused when you tell them to meet you at El Tiempo in Montrose, as recently happened with a colleague who showed up at The Annex while her friends waited patientely at the 1308 Cantina on Montrose Blvd.
In other "openings" news, Revival Market is finally ready for its full conversion from grocery store with counter service coffee and pastries to real-deal restaurant. Guests visiting recently at breakfast and lunch have no doubt noticed the switch to full service with menus and waitstaff and the whole nine yards. But next week, says owner/chef Ryan Pera, they'll be debuting a dinner service for the first time. Expect a few soft opening-style dinners during the week, but by the weekend, Pera says, they'll be up and running as a full-time, full-service dinner destination. Could this possibly help alleviate the crowds at nearby Coltivare? Revival doesn't have a bar like Coltivare's—yet—so maybe not immediately, but my money is on the sister restaurants eventually giving each other a serious run for their money.