Aqui: Famed Austin chef and “Top Chef” alum Paul Qui softly opened his Filipino-based restaurant this summer. While Qui himself has had his fair share of problems lately, sneak peeks at the small plate focused menu from Aqui’s Instagram and Twitter hint at delights like maiz con yelo with uni and bulalo steak. Maison Pucha Bistro: Chef Manuel Pucha of La Table strikes out on his own in the old Black & White space over on Studewood. Billed as a casual but upscale French restaurant blending Ecuadorian and South American 1 EAT HERE SOON… Theodore Rex: When Justin Yu closed the doors to our beloved Oxheart earlier this year, it was a sad day. Luckily for us, Yu is set to open his new spot in the same building. Details have been few and far between for this heavily anticipated opening as well, but we can’t wait. Goodnight Charlie’s: David Keck’s heavily anticipated “Houston Honky-Tonk” is set to open in the fall of 2017 in Montrose. A Master Sommelier, Keck is no stranger to 2 4 will offer diners a chance to grab a slice of their favorite pizza at the counter or grab a seat inside/on the patio. SusieCakes: Sweets are on the rise this season, and the California-based chain with stakes in Dallas and Plano is rumored to be opening a Houston-based location. Edison & Patton: The team behind this popular eatery is about to stake a second claim over on 11th Street in The Heights. The Mexican-inspired concept has no name yet, but plans to showcase a strong agave and cocktail 3 5 1.Lua Viet Kitchen | 2.Aqui 3.Night Market | 4.Goodnight Charlie’s | 5.EADO program with an open kitchen and plenty of outdoor space is slated to open in late 2017. Lua Viet Kitchen: Located at Mandell and West Alabama, owners Nick Nguyen and Nardi Do plan to open a casual fast-paced Vietnamese kitchen. tastes, Pucha joined forces with his two brothers to open this family venture. Kukuri: Operating in stealth mode, Kukuri’s website was only a countdown till its opening on the night of August 10, when the website suddenly went live. Located over on Washington next to Tacodeli, much about Kukuri, run by Shimao Ishikawa from NYC’s Jewel Bako, has been hush-hush up until now so we’re intrigued. Even more locations: Krisp Bird & Batter and Michael‘s Cookie Jar are both opening second locations for your chicken and cookie fixes. 30 L O C A L | september 17 a great drink menu, and Goodnight Charlie’s has tapped Houston’s very own “Master Chef“ contestant Alvin Schultz to consult on the Mexican-inspired menu. Agricole takes over EADO with Vinny‘s, Indianola and Miss Carousel: With three new concepts set to open in late 2017 at 1201 St. Emanuel, Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber are on the move. Indianola plans to offer patrons a convergent experience taking its namesake from the main port of entry for European immigrants in Texas during the mid-1800s. Miss Carousel will be a 5,000sf bar attached to Indianola, built to resemble a living room with a secluded courtyard and an impressive number of cocktails. Vinny’s, the smallest of the three new concepts, BBQ LOVERS REJOICE: Blood Bros. BBQ and Truth BBQ, two legends in the BBQ world, are solidifying their plans to feed hungry Houstonians. Pitmaster Leonard Botello IV and his business partner Johnny Carrabba have plans to bring their famed Truth BBQ (ranked 10th by Texas Monthly Magazine this year) to the former J. Black’s space over on Washington. Another Houston favorite, Blood Bros. BBQ (pitmaster Quy Hoang, along with Robin and Terry Wong), has plans to open their first brick and mortar location with partners Felix Flores and Ryn Echiverri over on Bellaire Boulevard. Known for garnering rave reviews at their pop-ups, we can’t wait to see what they do at a permanent spot.