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The Most Anticipated Houston Restaurant Openings, Fall 2016

Shake Shack, tacos, Southern fare and more are on the way

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With the Super Bowl just a few short months away, the Houston restaurant scene has kicked into overdrive. Expect for the next few months to bring a staggering array of new offerings as the city prepares for tens of thousands of fans to descend on the city in February. To be sure, both visitors and locals are going to have plenty of killer food to eat.

In the coming months, look forward to NYC’s best burger chain to make its Houston debut, a new Southern spot from the minds behind Adair’s Kitchen, and so many more diverse options that will keep you well-fed throughout the fall. Just try to keep up.

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Shake Shack

Location: Houston Galleria

Details: Danny Meyer’s ridiculously popular NYC-based burger chain is making a major push into Texas this year, and the Galleria outpost of Shake Shack is the first of two Houston-area locations planned for the coming months. Expect for folks to line up when this much-anticipated chain finally makes its Houston debut.

Projected opening date: "Late" 2016

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Relish Restaurant & Bar

Location: 2810 Westheimer

Details: Earlier this month, Relish Fine Foods shuttered to make way for this full-service counterpart in River Oaks. During the day, the restaurant will serve sandwiches and dishes like eggs benedict from a counter, and at night the spot will offer shareable "simply prepared proteins" and sides.

Projected opening date: Early September 2016

Eloise Nichols

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Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors

Location: 2606 Edloe

Details: From the minds behind Adair’s Kitchen comes this much-anticipated Southern spot in River Oaks inspired by their grandmother. Described as a "neighborhood American bistro," Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors will serve classic Texas-inspired dishes made with locally-grown produce and (of course) Gulf seafood.

Projected opening date: September 19

FM Burger Houston FM Burger

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FM Burger

Location: 1112 Shepherd Rd.

Details: Making a big departure from his fine dining history at Triniti, Chef Ryan Hildebrand will tackle burgers with this farm-to-table concept. The burgers will be made with a proprietary beef blend and topped with everything from Fritos chili pie to your basic bacon & cheese. (Pro-tip: you can scope out the FM Burger at Triniti during happy hour)

Projected opening date: Fall 2016

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PlaTypus Brewing

Location: 1902 Washington Ave.

Details: Houston’s first Australian-style brewpub will feature house-brewed beers and a menu of locally-inspired dishes. Award-winning brewer Kerry Embertson, formerly of Eureka, CA’s Lost Coast Brewery, will lead the beer program, but no chef has been announced just yet.

Anticipated opening: Fall 2016

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations construction Bosscat Kitchen & Libations/Facebook

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Bosscat Kitchen & Libations

Location: 4310 Westheimer

Details: This Newport Beach-based restaurant is making its first foray outside California in a big way — all key staff (including the restaurant’s owner and executive chef) are moving to Houston to open the second Bosscat Kitchen & Libations. In addition to casual local fare, you’ll also be able to blend and age your own cocktails in the adjacent "mini-rickhouse."

Projected opening date: Fall 2016

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60 Pioneers

Location: 911 W. 11th Street

Details: From the minds behind Southern Goods comes this totally Texas inspired concept. A massive menu will serve barbecue, Cajun dishes, chicken fried steak, enchiladas, kolaches, and more regional Lone Star State delights.

Projected opening date: Early September 2016

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Kitchen 713

Location: TBD

Details: Back in June, this Houston favorite packed its bags to move to a location that would be more amenable to allowing Kitchen 713 to serve booze. The new concept will allow "the full expression of Kitchen 713’s uniquely syncretic vision." What that means exactly is TBD, but you can expect for that most-excellent fried chicken to make an appearance.

Projected opening date: Fall 2016



Location: 1902 Washington Ave

Details: This Austin-based taco chain has been taking over Texas, evidenced by a location opened in Dallas earlier this year and the forthcoming Houston outpost. Vegans will especially want to take note, as the veggie-friendly offerings are highly lauded by those who eat plant-based diets.

Projected opening date: Fall 2016

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Location: 1927 Fairview

Details: After stints at Underbelly and Reef, Chef Ryan Lachaine is oening his first restaurant, a sixty-five seat stunner that will serve tapas-style fare and shareable "large format" entrees. Construction is currently underway on the space, which will feature a 10-seat bar and cozy chef’s counter.

Projected opening date: Fall 2016

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Main Photo: Sarath Kuchi/Flickr

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