Saturday, September 12, 2015

NOW FEATURING: Alive-and-kicking on W. Alabama - An alternative to the traditional Restaurant Openings & Closings Column



STILL-OPEN NEWS IS GOOD NEWS 


In the current edition of the weekly Opening & Closings round-up, The Houston Press joins the chorus bemoaning the demise of Mission Burrito's original outpost on West Alabama, but delights its readership with the revelation that the over-sized burrito experience may now be had at 1609 Durham: Ueberrito has good news and bad news - Fri Sep. 11, 2015.  

Awesome news indeed. What would we do without the Houston Press? The just-discovered burrito joint on Durham also dates back to Mission Burrito times, and has raked up a smorgasbord of reviews on Google over the course of four years, both good and bad. Yelp sports 53 reviews, with the best-aged comments dating back to 2007 and 2008. The Yelp page is still under Mission Burritos, rather than the new moniker. Perhaps that's why they had been flying under the radar, meriting special recognition by the Openings & Closings Department upon eventual discovery. And with the original mission on W. Alabama gone, the Durham location now commands slot two on the locations page of the mini-chain's own website. Who is going to say that's not newsworthy!? It shows that the Ueberrito web team is on the ball, unlike some operations that have folded, with websites still serving up dinner options no longer to be had.  
  
But there is more. 
  
More good news for the dedicated team over at the Houston Press that covers the Houston restaurant scene: The supply of other restaurants that are likewise eligible to have their current status reported as "still serving" is vast. 

To round them all up, of course, is a task of monumental proportions. So why leave it to the Houston Press? 
  
Lets start with Mission Burrito's Upper Kirby neighbors and see which ones have not -- or not yet -- gone South. 


FOOD AND DRINK ON WEST ALABAMA 
GOING WEST FROM S. SHEPHERD 


Maiko Bar and Bistro (photo) 2946 South Shepherd Drive Houston, TX 77098
Maiko Bar and Bistro
2946 South Shepherd Drive Houston, TX 77098
Photo of red and white UPPER KIRBY street name sign: 2100 W. Alabama
W. Alabama red street signage 

2200 West Alabama Houston Texas 77098 (tenant sign)

Bollo Woodfired Pizza 2202 W Alabama St Houston, TX 77098
bollo woodfired grill
Bollo Woodfired Pizza 2202 W Alabama St Houston, TX 77098
(opened in 2015)


The Owl Bar (now open - July 2015 per-opening pic)
West Alabama at Revere - Tenant sign 
2340 W Alabama The Path of Tea Field of Greens 2320 W Alabama St Houston, TX 77098
The Path of Tea  and Field of Greens
2340 and 2320 W Alabama St Houston, TX 77098

Photo of Whole Foods Market on W Alabama at Kirby Drive across parking lot
Whole Food Market on West Alabama at Kirby Drive 
Photo of Fleming's restaurant on West Alabama East of Kirby Drive
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
 2405 W Alabama St Houston, TX 77098
 Photo of corner of West Alabama at Revere St with Fleming's Steakhouse in background
W Alabama at Revere - Fleming's Steakhouse 
beckrew wine house 

 Photo of Aka Sushi House (building and parking lot) on West Alabama with 2727 Kirby Condo Tower in background
Aka Sushi House - Upper Kirby Location 
 Picture of Sushi Restaurant at 2390 West Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77098
2390 West Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77098
2415 The Centre at RIVER OAKS Tenant Directory - Fleming's CHASE Veritas Norton Ditto muse Hassid Dental
The Centre at River Oaks Store Directory 
Whole Foods Market 2955 Kirby Dr Houston, TX 77098
Whole Foods Market 2955 Kirby Dr Houston, TX 77098
(View from W. Alabama looking North)
Centre at River Oaks:
beckrew wine house and Salt Air Seafood Kitchen are new 
ULTA - The Centre at River Oaks - Salt Air Restaurant (opened in 2015)

Texas Children's Pediatrics Pediatric Medical Group 3023 Kirby Dr Houston, TX 77098
Texas Children's Pediatrics Pediatric Medical Group & Salt Air 
West Alabama St. at Kirby Drive, Houston, Texas 77098

UPPER KIRBY DISTRICT SIGNAGE - 2600 Block of W Alabama St (photo of sign as intersection)
W Alabama Street - UPPER KIRBY signage with flag 
 Photo of Petite Sweets Store at 2700 West Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77098
Petite Sweets Store at 2700 West Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77098
with 2727 Kirby Condo Tower behind it
Metal patio chairs in pink with white round table (photo)
Patio seating with pink chairs





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