NOW OPEN: 10 new businesses that opened in Houston's Inner Loop in July 2019

Mendocino Farms is now open in Rice Village.

Mendocino Farms is now open in Rice Village.

July brought several new businesses, restaurants and dessert options to the Inner Loop. Here are some new additions and other items you may have missed this month.

F45 Training, a chain of fitness centers founded in Australia and backed by Mark Wahlberg, opened a studio at 4500 Washington Ave., Ste. 400, Houston, on July 27. The studio provides 45-minute workouts combining high-intensity interval, circuit and functional training. New clients can join for one free week. 832-975-0965.

The Dough Cone, a soft-serve ice cream truck that uses Eastern European doughnut-like cones, opened a pop-up July 8 at 5 Greenway Plaza, Ste. C-615, Houston, which was made available by local business accelerator NextSeed. 832-863-5224.

Salad chain Sweetgreen opened its first Houston location at 2551 Amherst St., in the Rice Village, on July 23. The restaurant, one of almost 100 locations nationwide, is the first in Texas as well, with menu items drawing on locally sourced ingredients. 832-720-7500.

Pearland-based Rich Girls Boutique opened its second location in the Heights at 1051 Heights Blvd., Houston, on July 18. The store, owned by mother-daughter duo Donna and Alex Rich, sells clothing, accessories, shoes and gift items for women. 281-612-2136.

Mendocino Farms, a Los Angeles-based sandwich and salad shop, opened its first Houston location at 5510 Morningside Drive, on July 18. The restaurant offers a seasonal menu and uses locally sourced ingredients. 713-487-0965.

Locally owned The Kiwi Creamery & Coffee Co. opened July 13 at 1340 Westheimer Road, Ste. B, Houston. The shop offers 16 flavors of ice cream made in-house along with organic coffee drinks. 832-804-9104.

The small Boston-based halal restaurant and food truck The Chicken & Rice Guys opened its first Houston location at 2723 Yale St., on July 13. The menu includes chicken, beef and tofu plates with rice or salad and a mix of sauce options, including a mixture of mint, cilantro and jalapeno. 

Olive & Twist Bar + Kitchen opened July 10 at 2712 Richmond Ave., Houston. The bar takes the space formerly occupied by the Queen Vic pub, offering new American fare, beer, cocktails and more. 713-434-6048.

Ouzo Bay, a Mediterranean-style seafood restaurant, opened July 10 at 4444 Westheimer Road, Ste. G130, Houston. The restaurant serves lunch, brunch and dinner, with a dress code enforced. 832-430-6610.

The Montrose location of BB Lemon, 4319 Montrose Blvd., Houston, opened July 8. Its cocktail menu features drinks specially made for the new location. 713-804-4319.

The allergy-friendly bakery and ice cream shop Awesome Bites Co., 2313 Edwards St., Ste. 185,
Houston, opened July 3. All products are vegan and free of dairy, eggs, soy and nuts, with gluten-free options also available. 832-582-0118.

Know a business that we missed or that is coming soon? Let us know in the comments so we can include them in a future edition of Community Impact Newspaper.


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