Coming soon: 20+ restaurants and businesses to keep an eye on in 2019 in the Heights, River Oaks, Montrose


With 2019 halfway over, Houston has plenty of new businesses and restaurants coming to the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose. It might be impossible to list them all, but here are over 20 on our radar.

Three concepts from Goodnight Hospitality, the group behind Westheimer bar and restaurant Goodnight Charlies, are set to open in a shared building at 1620 Westheimer Road, Houston. Montrose Cheese and Wine, a cheese, wine, beer and cider shop, and Rosie Cannonball, a casual European-style diner, will open by the end of July. A third concept, called March, a boutique Mediterranean restaurant, which also shares the space, will open by the end of 2019.

The small Boston-based Halal chain The Chicken & Rice Guys will open 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 jalapeño.

Sambrooks Management’s Tex-Mex concept Candente is coming to 4306 Yoakum Blvd., Houston, in mid-July, taking up the former Cane Rosso space.

Penny Quarter was expected to open in June at 1424 Westheimer Road, Houston in early next to longtime Montrose bar, Anvil. The bar and cafe—from the same team behind Anvil and Heights area bar, Better Luck Tomorrow—is now hiring staff and is expected to open soon.

A much-anticipated upscale Heights restaurant, Savoir could open in late July or August at 1344 Yale St., Houston. 

Anonymous Cafe, a European-style coffee shop, dessert bar and eatery plans to open at 3701 Kirby Drive, Ste. 160, Houston, this summer. In addition to Italian coffee and espresso-based drinks, the shop will have lunch and brunch specials.

Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood and Steaks, formerly located on Montrose Boulevard, is now Eugene’s Gulf Coast Cuisine and is preparing to open at 1985 Welch St., Houston, this summer or early fall. 713-807-8889. 

Olive & Twist Bar & Kitchen is expected to open soon at 2712 Richmond Ave., Houston. The bar takes the space formerly occupied by the Queen Vic pub, and is expected to offer brunch, cocktails and more.

Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. is building a new brewery and tap room set to open in late summer next to the Sawyer Yards, 2101 Summer St., Houston. 713-750-9795.

Postino is opening a new location at 805 Pacific St., Houston this summer. The wine cafe started almost 20 years ago in Phoenix, Arizona and will open its new Houston location at what used to be the Montrose Mining Company. The cafe is known for its affordable wines and bruschettas.

The Toasted Coconut will open this summer at 1617 Richmond Ave., Houston. The Tiki-themed restaurant and bar will have a large outdoor patio area and feature food and cocktails from the Caribbean, Pacific and Southeast Asian islands.

Jinya Ramen Bar has announced it will open in the Heights Waterworks development, 449 W. 19th St., Ste. C200, Houston, this winter. The Los Angeles-based chain has six other Greater Houston locations.

New York-based orthodontia start-up Candid will open at the River Oaks Shopping Center in late 2019. Patients can be fitted for custom aligners and other treatments. 1964 W. Gray St., Houston.

New Orleans-based brewery Urban South Brewery plans to open at 1201 Oliver St., Houston, at Sawyer Yards in the Heights this fall. The brewery produces over a dozen craft beers and will produce beer on-site at the new location as well as operate a taproom.

Hando, a hand-rolled sushi bar, is on track to open this fall at 518 W. 11th St., Houston. Diners will be able to choose from a series of roll “flights,” order sushi and snacks a la carte, and enjoy custom cocktails.

Louisiana-based indoor golf venue, Loft 18 plans to open in The Heights in late summer. Guests can also dine and drink at the venue at 2313 Edwards St., Houston.

Portland, Oregon-based doughnut shop, Voodoo Donut will open a location at 3715 Washington Ave., Houston, Houston by late summer.

Dallas-based Velvet Taco plans to open a third Houston location in October at 2001 North Shepherd Drive, Houston. It has locations on Washington Avenue and Westheimer Road in Montrose.

Husband and wife duo Karen and James Fain will relocate their Tennessee-style barbecue restaurant Fainmous BBQ from 10400 South Post Oak Road, Ste. E, Houston to Sawyer Yards at 1201 Oliver Street, Houston by November. 713-728-9663.

Austin-based Filipino restaurant Be More Pacific is opening its first Houston location at 506 Yale Street, Ste. E, Houston. The restaurant is known for modern takes on traditional Filipino fare such as Adobo chicken, Lumpia, or fried egg rolls and Pancit, or noodle bowls.

Chef Ronnie Killen’s first Inner Loop restaurant, Killen’s, is coming to 101 Heights Blvd., Houston, this year. The restaurant will feature comfort food and selections from his other barbecue, Tex-Mex and steakhouse restaurants. An opening date has not been announced.

Montrose brunch spot Baba Yega, 2607 Grant St., Houston, could return in 2019 as it continues repairs from a fire that shuttered the restaurant in December. 713-522-0042.

Urban Axes, an indoor, competitive axe-throwing club, is coming to 1201 Oliver St., Houston, this year. In groups or as individuals, competitors throw 1.5 lb. hatchets at targets and score points based on where they land. 713-364-9896.

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Matt Dulin
Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.
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