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The Most Anticipated Houston New Restaurants, Fall 2015

Below are the new restaurants everyone should have on their radar in the upcoming months.

Houstonians should brace themselves (and their belts) for these hotly anticipated openings. Three new concepts from the creative-restaurant gurus of Treadsack (Hunky Dory, Bernadine's, Foreign Correspondents), a new sushi spot, Ka Sushi, from chef Pak Tsui (Fat Bao) and a fried chicken place set to take over the Heights, are among the 16 new restaurants eaters should flock to this fall.

BERNADINE’S

Where: 1819 N Shepherd Dr., Ste. A
The Details: Chef Graham Laborde partners with restaurant group Treadsack for a modern Gulf Coast-inspired seafood destination. Bernadine's is located right next-door to forthcoming Hunky Dory, another venture from Treadsack. The restaurant is a love letter composed of a fully stocked raw bar, grilled oysters, BBQ crab, house-made boudin and a collection of wines, beers and cocktails from Louisiana and Texas.
Projected Opening: Mid-September.

BERNIE'S BURGER BUS AT LA CENTERRA

Where: 2643 Commercial Center Blvd.
The Details: After five years of burger success, Chef Justin Turner and the Bernie's Burger Bus team will open a second brick-and-mortar location set in Katy. Expect their classic house-ground burgers with creative toppings, old-school hand-cut fries and thick milkshakes; however this second location will go a bit beyond the burger sphere to include monthly specials.
Projected Opening: Early November

BLACK & WHITE

Where: 11001 Studewood
The Details: Replacing the space last occupied by Bryan Caswell and Bill Floyd's Stella Sola, this two-in-one concept from Mexican restauranteurs Hernan Garcia and Sven Hossfeld. One component will be dedicated to contemporary Mediterranean and European cuisine, while the other will focus on seafood.
Projected Opening: Initially set for a summer opening, now sometime in the fall. Opened Soft Opening Began August 24, 2015; Official Opening Planned for September 10, 2015.

HUNKY DORY

Where: 1819 N Shepherd Dr
The Details: Former nose-to-tail Feast chef Richard Knight heads the kitchen of this upcoming British-American tavern adjacent to sister concept Bernadine's. Wood-grilled offerings and a lengthy collection whiskeys are at the center of this highly anticipated restaurant and bar.
Projected Opening: Mid-September

KA Sushi

Where: 1901 N. Shepherd, Ste. 1
The Details: Chef/co-owner Pak Tsui of Asian fusion restaurant Fat Bao and Linh Nguyen of Fat Wagon (Fat Bao's food truck) will make their Heights debut with their latest concept. The menu blends Japanese elements, focusing much of its attention on sushi. Additionally, the duo will offer a craft cocktail program alongside Japanese beers, wine and sake.
Projected opening: Fall

KILLEN'S STEAKHOUSE

Where: 6425 Broadway
The Details: Meat master extraordinnaire, chef Ronnie Killen (Killen's Barbecue, Killen's Steakhouse), along with chefs Joe Cervantez and Chris Loftis is expanding his culinary empire in Pearland. The present Killen's Steakhouse is moving to a new address set for late fall, only two miles west of its current spot. Expect added features like a dry-aging room, expansive bar and a banquet room space. The former steakhouse location will be converted into Killen's future concept, Killen's Burgers, which is anticipated to open sometime in 2016.
Projected Opening: Late fall

LA FISHERIA - DOWNTOWN

Where: 213 Milam St.
The Details: Chef Aquiles Chavez, who hails from Mexico City, will open a second ​locale of their popular Mexican seafood restaurant. Expect similar dishes to La Fisheria's Heights spot, with a slight twist on new menu items. Keeping with the lively spirit of Downtown, Chavez plans to have live music on the weekends and a margarita bar. Chavez will be joined by Mexico's Vidal Elias Murillo, who plans to relocate in order to head up the kitchen the new Downtown location.
Project Opening: Early November

LEE'S FRIED CHICKEN AND DONUTS

Where: 601 Heights Blvd.
The Details: Lee Ellis and executive chef Lance Fegen of F.E.E.D. TX restaurant group are adding another concept to their mini-empire (BRC Gastropub, Liberty Kitchen and Oyster Bar, Sweet Petite, Liberty Kitchen and Oysterette). The duo will launch a fried chicken spot in the Heights offering buttermilk fried chicken and biscuits.
Projected Opening: Late August

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS

Where: 4721 N. Main St.
The Details: Houston's very own renowned fishmonger, chef PJ Stoops, responsible for the city's buzzing bycatch movement and supplier for many local restaurants seafood, plans to open his own spot featuring Northern Thai cuisine in Houston. Foreign Correspondents is one of three hotly anticipated restaurants set to open in the fall from the hip restaurant group Treadsack (Down House, D&T Drive-Inn, Johnny's Gold Brick).
Projected Opening: Mid-September

POUR SOCIETY

Where: 947 Gessner, Ste B-190
The Details: James Beard Award winner Bradley Ogden (Bradley's Fine Diner and Funky Chicken) goes for a trifecta with an American gastropub concept expected to open within Gateway Memorial City. A heavy focus on local craft beers complemented by upscale pub fare.
Projected Opening: September 1

STATE OF GRACE

Where: 3256 Westheimer Rd.
The Details: Chef/owner Ford Fry, a Houston native, returns home to open his first concept outside of his success restaurants in Atlanta. The menu will highlight Texas and Gulf Coast fare with an emphasis on seafood and locally sourced meats.
Projected opening: Late September

TARAKAAN

Where: 2301 Main, Ste 200
The Details: Piran Esfahani (Zimm's Martini Bar, 55 Restaurant & Bar) and Pemjan Jamea (West End Public House) are partnering together on Midtown's latest Pan-Asian restaurant. The menu will highlight Asian-inspired dishes, sushi and cocktails.
Projected Opening: September 9

PIADA ITALIAN STREET FOOD

Where: 5801 Memorial Dr. and 1930 Highway 6
The Details: Italian street food in a fast and casual atmosphere. Piada is set to open in the large 10,000 sq. ft. Park Place Memorial development, and plans to expand into a second location based in Sugar Land. Expect easy to grab and go include hand-rolled piadas, pasta bowls and chopped salads. ​​​
Projected Opening: Early and Late October

MORNINGSTAR

Where: 4721 N. Main St.
The Details: Greenway Coffee & Tea's David Buehrer and Ecky Prabanto are set to open a Heights-area neighborhood spot for breakfast, lunch and coffee. Behind the menu will be creations from Priscilla Nguyen (Blacksmith) and donuts and kolaches by Sam Phan (Donald Donuts).
Projected Opening: Late fall

THE DEL

Where: 6565 Del Monte Dr.
The Details: The latest concept from restaurateur Shepard Ross (Pax Americana) and Studewood Hospitality Group blends elements from their previous restaurants (Glass Wall, Brooklyn Athletic Club) together and the result is the forthcoming eatery with a contemporary club vibe. With a focus on locally sourced ingredients, the menu will include updated versions of burgers, lobster wraps and club sandwiches. Gulf seafood and steaks will also be the highlight of the 65-seat Tanglewood restaurant (which seats an additional 65 outside), complete with a lounging area and patio.
Projected Opening: Late September

8-ROW FLINT

Where:
The Details: The dynamic duo behind popular concepts Revival Market and Coltivare, Morgan Weber and Ryan Pera, will open an icehouse in a former 70-year-old gas station in the Heights. Expect an expansive outdoor patio with seating for 200; a bar set to feature speciality selected barrels of bourbon, frozen cocktails, and unique whiskeys. As for the beer, 10 selections are planned on tap as well as 30 bottled options. Revival Market will supply the culinary fare with a food truck offering bar-cuisine such as, tacos, queso and guacamole.
Projected Opening: Late September

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