After the press went back and forth about whether or not Tacos A Go-Go would be replacing La Fendee on Westheimer, a third player stepped into the picture and set up shop at that space. On November 11, Cafe Layal opened its third Houston location where La Fendee once stood. This location will be a Cafe Layal Express, so that it will attract the lunch crowd seeking a quick bite. Tacos A Go-Go owner Jeff Roeske was hoping to work out a deal at that spot; he told Eater a few months ago that his goal was to join the Montrose community.
From day one, Layal began operating with its daily hours, serving Mediterranean food from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays and until 3 a.m. on weekends. Those late-night hours will be a welcome addition to that Westheimer curve, with its abundance of bars and nightclubs. Although the food has always received mixed criticism on some consumer review sites, many customers are drawn to Cafe Layal for the hookah, BYOB policy and weekly belly dancing performances. That will all stay the same, along with most of the menu that features shawarma and gyros as well as classic American sandwiches and burgers.
Eater reached out to Roeske about whether he's still hoping to open a third Tacos A Go-Go in that area, but we've yet to hear back. In the meantime, we're tracking his upcoming coffee shop, Retrospect Coffee, which will be opening at the corner of W. Alabama and La Branch, very close to the beer garden that will be opening next year.