The 30 most anticipated Houston restaurants, bars opening this summer


Halfway through 2019, it feels like this year has been a relatively slow one for new restaurants. Sure, places like 1751 Sea & Bar, Truth Barbeque, and Squable have made big splashes, but the overall pace hasn’t been quite as torrid as in 2017 or 2018.


Well, friends, that’s about to change. This summer is loaded with interesting concepts from both prominent local operators and established restaurants from beyond the Red River. That doesn’t even include the new Ninfa’s, which dropped off this list by opening on Monday.


Just to note, this list isn’t designed to be comprehensive. For example, some of the 13 restaurants coming to Bellaire Food Street will open this summer, but it isn’t yet clear which of them will arrive by Labor Day or in what order. The first, a second Houston-area location of Japanese cream puff purveyor Beard Papa opens June 22.


Also, this list focuses on establishments expected to open before Labor Day. That means that Killen’s, the new comfort food restaurant that will replace Hickory Hollow, or Be More Pacific, the Austin-based Filipino restaurant coming to the Heights, are not included, because they won’t debut until this fall.


With those caveats out of the way, read on for information about two new food halls coming to downtown, a massive new brewery, the latest project from Justin Yu and Bobby Heugel, Tex-Mex from The Pit Room, and so much more.

B.B. Lemon – Montrose

Ben Berg will open a second location of his upscale diner in the former Pax Americana space. Like its sibling on Washington Avenue, the menu will feature a first-rate cheeseburger made with Texas wagyu beef, but executive chef Emily Trusler will expand the number of seafood offerings. In terms of design, the decor will feature a similar style of plaid wallpaper as Washington, and the patio will be reworked to make it more functional. Expect an opening just before the July 4th holiday.

Bravery Chef Hall

Remember when this food hall in the Aris…

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