Several big changes are afoot in the always-dynamic Heights restaurant scene! Although it’s still in early stages, James Beard Award winner Justin Yu of Oxheart fame will be working on a new concept in the former home of Dry Creek at 544 Yale, along with restauranteur Bobby Heugel. Oxheart closed last week in order to be reimagined as a new concept in May. No details about the new Heights venture have been released, but with such a nationally acclaimed chef behind it, it’s sure to be tremendously popular.
King’s Bierhaus is preparing to open in April at 2044 East T.C. Jester. The casual German beer hall will feature 9,000 square feet of communal tables, games like giant jingo, corn hole, and ping pong, and a full-service bar. The menu will feature German pub favorites like sausages, giant pretzels, and wiener schnitzel. Beer lovers are chomping at the bit to try the selection of 18 German beers on tap, as well as popular local brews and favorites from other parts of Europe. The wine list features plenty of choices from Germany and Austria, and there will be a wide selection of specialty cocktails and schnapps. King’s Bierhaus is an expansion of the very popular King’s Biergarten in Pearland, and its opening in the Heights has been highly anticipated since the expansion plan was announced.
Italian comfort-food joint Arthur Ave closed last week after only six months in business. Owned by the team behind popular Helen Greek Food and Wine, the concept was initially popular and well-received but didn’t maintain adequate sales to stay open. It will be reopened in the coming months with the same ownership as Helen in the Heights, staying true to the company’s Greek roots.
Cherry Pie Hospitality, the company who brought us Lee’s Fried Chicken and Donuts, Pi Pizza, and State Fare, will be opening a new concept called Starfish at 191 Heights Boulevard early next month. The menu will feature Southern comfort food and an emphasis on seafood.
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