Look back at the local restaurants Community Impact Newspaper featured throughout 2019 in Tomball and Magnolia, including Fire Ant Brewpub, Old Magnolia Bar & Grill and Every-Bellies.

Blue Iguana Taco House reopens in Magnolia with new name, menu

Issue published: January

Blue Iguana Taco House—then known as Blue Iguana Mexican Restaurant—closed down for remodeling about three years ago, Manager Odilon Gonzalez said. The restaurant, located off Buddy Riley Boulevard in Magnolia, reopened in March under the new name with a new concept, he said.

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Every-Bellies serves gourmet baked potato fare in Tomball

Issue published: February

Every-Bellies owner Nicole Rich said she never thought she would be in the restaurant industry—she wanted to be a nurse. However, Rich said she has always loved cooking, and a friend encouraged her to start making money doing what she loved.

Note: Every-Bellies has since relocated to 106 Market St., Tomball.

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Local resident brings Vietnamese cuisine to Magnolia community at Yummy Pho House

Issue published: March

Yummy Pho House owner Thao Huynh has worked in the restaurant industry for 18 years. Huynh said she stayed home for a few years to take care of her two children, but once they got a little older she wanted to go back to work.

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Three pitmasters aim to provide quality smoked meat at Reveille Barbecue Co.

Issue published: April

Longtime friends, co-owners and pitmasters James McFarland and Michael Michna opened Reveille Barbecue Co. in May on FM 1774. McFarland and Michna met through mutual friends nearly 13 years ago and now operate the eatery on weekends while working full-time elsewhere during the week, Michna said.

Note: Reveille has since closed its location on FM 1774 and now serves up barbecue at Lone Pint Brewery at 507 Commerce St., Magnolia.

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Husband-and-wife duo bring brick-oven pizza, craft beer to Magnolia

Issue published: May

Co-owners Craig and Jennifer Lobel have always loved brick-oven pizza, craft beer and wine, Jennifer said, but no eatery in the Magnolia area offered cuisine like this.

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Family-owned restaurant Bonfire Grill brings international flair to Tomball

Issue published: June

The Morris family opened Bonfire Grill about three years ago with the goal to bring high-quality food, wine, beer and spirits to downtown Tomball, an area that lacked this genre of cuisine, co-owner Curtis Morris said.

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Re:Bar Cafe and Juicestillery brings healthy menu to Tomball

Issue published
: July

Re:Bar Cafe and Juicestillery sits on Main Street inside The Renewal Center, a nonprofit providing services, pastoral care and programs for the Tomball community and those in mental health and addiction recovery.

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242 Pub & Grill aims to be 'your pub just down the road'

Issue published: August

Located on FM 1488 in Magnolia, 242 Pub & Grill is just one of four brand locations in the Houston area, General Manager Cooper McClain said.

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Fire Ant Brewpub owner brings first brewery concept to downtown Tomball

Issue published: September

Fire Ant Brewpub owner Bruce Kissinger said he began homebrewing beer about nine years ago and decided he wanted to turn the hobby into a career. Kissinger, who said he has spent a majority of his adult life in Tomball, knew Tomball had German roots—but the city had no brewery.

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Pinehurst eatery Celaya's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina revamps

Issue published
: October

Owner Eddie Perez closed Celaya’s Seafood and Sports Bar in September 2017 and reopened under a new name and different concept—Celaya’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina—in November 2018, said Maria Perez, the general manager and Eddie’s niece.

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Sizzle & Brew owners put Cajun spin on breakfast, brunch dishes at Tomball restaurant

Issue published
: November

Co-owners Brooke Mackin and Amber Powers have worked in the food service industry for about 10 years, Mackin said, with their work ranging from serving to management.

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Old Magnolia Bar & Grill owner turns passion into lifelong career

Issue published
: December

Old Magnolia Bar & Grill owner Stephanie Bryant said she began cooking alongside her father at 5 years old, making meals for herself and her two siblings. Cooking—and more specifically, baking—became a creative outlet for her, Bryant said, and she knew she had found her passion.

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