A number of new restaurant and cafe concepts are slated to open in December and across the first half of 2024 in the Montrose, River Oaks and Allen Parkway areas. Here are 10 new places to keep tabs on as opening dates near.

Opening in December

1. Doko and Bar Doko: Chefs Daviel Lee and Patrick Pham with Duckstache Hospitality, alongside Duckstache co-founders Andrew Lin and C.J. Short, will open two separate concepts in December on the ground floor of the Hanover Park mid-rise at Autry Park, though specific dates have not been announced. Doko will operate as a Japanese sushi eatery with a selection of nigiri that will be flown in from Toyosu Market in Japan, while Bar Doko will be an intimate Japanese cocktail bar.

2. Maven Coffee + Cocktails: The newest outpost from Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. and Rex Hospitality is slated to open with the opening of the Thompson Houston Hotel in late December on Allen Parkway. Maven offers specialty coffee drinks—such as carajillos, frozen espresso martinis and cold brews—as well as craft cocktails. Another location will open in Sawyer Yards in 2024.

3. Toca Madera: The modern Mexican steakhouse will open in late December on the ground-level of at The Lifestyle Pavilion at The Allen. It will feature multiple outdoor dining patios, a lounge, a speakeasy and private dining room.

4. Layne's Chicken Fingers: A new location of the fast casual chicken restaurant will open in December at 2359 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston. A grand opening date is to be announced. The restaurant serves original and spicy marinated chicken tender combos, as well as chicken sandwiches, wraps, grilled cheese sandwiches and milkshakes.

Opening in early 2024

5. Cyclone Anaya's: Officials with the Houston-based Tex-Mex chain are targeting January for the opening of their new River Oaks location at 3736 Westheimer Road, Houston, in the former location of Frank's Americana Revival, which is relocating. Menu items will include Tex-Mex classics, jumbo margaritas, enchiladas, fajitas and Mexican beers.

6. Turner's Cut: Soon to be joining Doko and Bar Doko at Autry Park is Turner's Cut, a luxury steakhouse from Berg Hospitality Group. The menu will feature rare cuts of meat from Japan and the Americas. Autry Park officials have pegged January for the opening.

7. Annam: Coming to Autry Park in February is Annam, which will offer Vietnamese-inspired tapas items with a French twist. Annam will serve as both a restaurant and a wine bar, and will be located on the ground level of the Hanover Autry Park high-rise at 3737 Cogdell St., Houston.

Opening later in 2024

8. Leo's: The upscale steak and seafood restaurant will open in a 5,100-square-foot space next to the River Oaks Theater in the spring. It will feature private dining rooms and a large outdoor dining space. It will serve dinner, lunch and brunch. The kitchen will be led by Tim Reading, who has previously worked under Hugo Ortega at Caracol and under Chris Shepherd with Underbelly Hospitality.

9. Medium Rare: The Washington, D.C.-based restaurant specializing in French-influenced steak and frites, will open in the spring in Midtown. The dinner menu will feature a three-course prix fixe meal—priced at just under $30—with a mixed-green salad, artisan bread, hand-cut fries and a Coulotte steak topped with a "secret sauce."

10. Fielding's Culinary Group concept: Coming in the fall of 2024 to the River Oaks area will be a yet-to-be-named concept from The Woodlands-based Fielding's Culinary Group. Few details have been released on the concept, but officials previously described it as an "upscale" eatery that will offer chef-driven, housemade menu options, including seafood, pastas, pizzas and steaks sourced from 44 Farms.