Treebeards at Market Square is in its final days.

Just a few days ago we noted that a couple Houston-area restaurants were closing their doors (for one reason or another). That trend is continuing with the announcement that iconic Downtown lunch spot Treebeards is shuttering.

Treebeards announced the closing Monday morning in a Facebook post, saying "a huge increase in rent demanded by the landlord made it impossible for us to continue to serve our guests here." The Market Square restaurant at 315 Travis St had been serving Southern comfort lunches to Houstonians for more than 40 years. It'll close its doors in June.

Luckily you'll still have the opportunity to enjoy the restaurant's classic etouffee, red beans and rice, and jambalaya. Its other locations are still open, and in July, it's set to open a Memorial location at Bunker Hill Road and Interstate 10. 

The Traveler's Room at Musaafer.

Image: Julie Soefer

Restaurants are also opening during this time. Musaafer, the fine-dining Indian restaurant set at the Galleria VI wing, is now open for dinner dine-in service only. Like other restaurants operating their dining rooms during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's keeping patrons at least six feet apart, installing hand-sanitizing stations, and screening employees.

Musaafer specializes in a variety of Indian dishes, but its main attraction just may be its design. With seven different spaces, the restaurant has everything from an intimate lounge with plenty of velvet, to a courtyard, to a mezzanine with a wall of mirrors, to a private room with marble floors. Look for statues and custom-made pieces imported from India. 

The menu from chef Mayank Istwal includes street food favorites, butter chicken three ways, lamb shank, and a dessert with faux yogurt mushrooms and freeze-dried fruit. The restaurant will be open 5–10 p.m. Sun–Thurs and 5–11 p.m. Fri–Sat.


Meanwhile, Kin Dee Thai Cuisine from Lukkaew Srasrisuwan and Miranda Loetkhamfu will open Friday at 1533 N Shepherd Dr, #160, at the Market at Houston Heights development. The restaurant will also start right away with dine-in service, adhering to social distancing guidelines and screening all workers.

Kin Dee will seat 77 inside and 20 on a patio at full operation, and its design will emphasize a tropical Southeast Asian experience—most prominent will be an elephant mural on the back dining wall.

The menu at Kin Dee tackles regional Thai cuisine with focus on noodle dishes. Entrees include Southern Thai-style green curry and casseroled shrimp, while starters will be familiar: grilled pork skewers; deep-fried, minced chicken in golden paper; and grilled pork belly. Classics like Pad Thai and chicken satay will also be available. The restaurant will also have an extensive beverage program with original cocktails and Thai beer.

Kin Dee will be open 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. Mon–Fri, and 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat–Sun.

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