Houston Restaurants Open or Closed Due to the Freeze of January 16 2024

fireplace dining at Rainbow Lodge

1/17/2024, 12:45 p.m.: All Houston-area restaurants that were not closed due to damage are now assumed reopened for regular hours at this point. 

Thanks to an Arctic deep-freeze that sent Houston-area temperatures plummeting to the teens, dangerous overpasses and occasional patches of black ice on the roads, many restaurant owners have opted to close on Tuesday, January 16 for the safety of employees. Some may open in time for lunch, while others will be closed until Wednesday. Below is a sampling of restaurants not open for regular hours today, but if you don’t see a particular one listed, be sure to check the business’s social media to see if it’s made any announcements.

Restaurants aren’t the only places closed on Tuesday, January 16. Municipal courts are also closed, as is Rice University. There’s no trash pickup today, and as a result, that’s going to be running two days’ behind schedule until (and possibly through) the weekend.

This is a great opportunity to curl up under some blankets with a good book and some hot cocoa. As long as the Texas power grid holds, everything’s going to be okay.

This list is being continually updated throughout the day. Restaurant owners or representatives can contact us via email

Restaurants Open on Tuesday, 1/16

Bellaire

Cafe Piquet Cuban Cuisine, 5757 Bissonnet: A representative for the restaurant emailed us to make sure that Houstonians know that a freshly cooked Cuban meal is entirely possible today. The restaurant is open regular hours.

Dandelion Cafe, 5405 Bellaire: The restaurant is open until 4 p.m. and serves breakfast (including its award-winning fried chicken and waffle), espresso drinks, hot tea and more all day.

Downtown/Midtown

Brasserie du Parc, 1440 Lamar: The French restaurant featuring dishes by chef-owner José Hernandez is open for lunch and dinner.

East Side/EaDo/East Houston

HiWay Cantina, 1201 St Emanuel: Agricole Hospitality’s new Tex-Mex spot, in the space that was formerly Indianola, is open regular hours today.

Mimo,  736 1/2 Telephone: The restaurant will be open for regular hours today, serving dinner from 5 to 10 p.m.

Galleria

Artisans, 5745 Westheimer: The recently relocated French restaurant is closed for lunch service today but will be open for regular dinner hours from 5 to 9 p.m.

Musaafer, 5115 Westheimer:  The elegant restaurant in The Galleria is providing dinner service from 5 to 10 p.m.

Heights / Timbergrove

Harold’s, 350 West 19th Street: Open today with an extra incentive of $5 Old Fashioneds all day on Tuesday.

Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella: The restaurant posted on social media that it’s open for lunch and dinner today. “Fireplaces going, soup is on and grills are going. Come on over and enjoy some cozy log cabin hospitality.”

Kemah

The exterior of Fish & Chips Houston in Kemah. Courtesy photo.
The exterior of Fish & Chips Houston in Kemah. Courtesy photo.

Fish & Chips Houston, 609 Bradford: The family-owned pub specializing in authentic, British-style fish and chips is open regular hours.

Memorial

Daily Gather at CITYCENTRE
The entrance of Daily Gather at CITYCENTRE. Photo by Cuc Lam.

Daily Gather, 800 Sorella: The CityCentre restaurant from the company behind Dish Society is open regular hours today.

Montrose / Museum District

Andiron grill
Live fire grill at Andiron. Courtesy Photo.

Andiron, 3201 Allen Parkway: Recently appointed executive chef Michael O’Connor, formerly of Vic & Anthony’s and Better Luck Tomorrow, emailed to say that the restaurant is open for dinner. However, it will close after the final reservation, so if you plan to dine tonight, better make it sooner rather than later. Its normal closing time is 9 p.m.

Nonno’s Family Pizzeria, 1613 Richmond: This nostalgic pizza place, recently named as one of our Best New Restaurants of 2023, is open for dinner. However, it is closing a bit early this evening: at 9 p.m. instead of midnight.

Ostia, 2032 Dunlavy: Chef Travis McShane’s restaurant is open for dinner during regular hours from 5 to 10 p.m.

Rosie Cannonball, 1620 Westheimer: The Montrose restaurant specializing in European-style comfort fare will be open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. as usual.

Rice Village

Eau Tour: 5117 Kelvin: The French-American bistro in the Rice Village is open regular hours today that starts with happy hour at 4 p.m.

Simone on Sunset, 2418 Rice Boulevard: The longstanding neighborhood bar is open 4 p.m. to midnight, with happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m.

River Oaks

State of Grace, 3258 Westheimer: Ford Fry’s River Oaks restaurant is open regular hours today starting at 5 p.m.

Upper Kirby

Kata Robata, 3600 Kirby: The restaurant is closed for lunch but will be open for dinner service from 5 to 10:30 p.m. tonight.

PS-21, 2712 Richmond: Executive chef Philippe Schmit’s classic French bistro, which made our recent Best New Restaurants list, is open for dinner service tonight.

West University

Leaf and Grain, 5525 Weslayan: The downtown locations are closed today, but it’s business as usual at the West University restaurant. Read more about it in our recent article.

Multiple Locations

Dish Society: All locations of this Houston-based, farm-to-table restaurant chain are currently open.

Handies Douzo, 4005 Montrose Blvd and 3510 White Oak: Both the Montrose and Heights locations are open regular hours.

Restaurants Closed on Tuesday, 1/16

Downtown/Midtown

A Classic Dining Experience at Brennan's Houston. Photo by Dotson Photography.
The elegant main dining room of Brennan’s Houston. Photo by Dotson Photography.

Brennan’s of Houston, 3300 Smith: The popular, enduring “Texas Creole” restaurant is closed for lunch. The decision on whether to open for dinner will be made early this afternoon. Update: It will also be closed for dinner service tonight.

The Lymbar, 4201 Main: David Cordua’s Latin American restaurant located inside the Ion is closed all day today.

East Side / East of Downtown / EaDo

Street To Kitchen, 3401 Harrisburg: A Facebook message read, “We will be closed Tuesday. Too many people back home need warm hugs!” We couldn’t agree more.

Heights

Comalito quesadillas
Quesadillas at Comalito. Photo by Daniel Ortiz.

Comalito at the Houston Farmers Market, 2520 Airline: All Underbelly Hospitality restaurants are closed today, including this new Mexico City-style taqueria located where Wild Oats used to be. The farmers market itself hasn’t posted any announcements regarding hours.

Dinette, 1018 North Shepard: The modern Vietnamese restaurant will be closed all day today.

Kin Dee, 533 North Shepherd: The Heights restaurant serving Thai cuisine is closed for both lunch and dinner today.

Squable, 632 West 19th: The Heights European restaurant is closed today.

Katy

The normally packed dining room at Phat Eatery
The normally packed dining room at Phat Eatery. Photo by Chuck Cook.

Phat Eatery, 23119 Colonial Parkway: At one point this morning, the wind-chill factor in Katy was 0 degrees, so it’s understandable that this popular Malaysian restaurant is closed for lunch. Owner Alex Au-Yeung will decide whether to open for dinner later today.

Montrose

First floor dining room and glassed wine room with 3,800 bottles at Georgia James.
First floor dining room and glassed wine room with 3,800 bottles at Georgia James

Bar Boheme,  307 Fairview: The Montrose restaurant and bar is closed today. 

The Chelsea, 888 Westheimer: The stylish New American restaurant is not opening for dinner service on Tuesday.

Doris Metropolitan, 2815 South Shepard: The steakhouse is closed today.

Georgia James Steak, 3503 West Dallas: Underbelly Hospitality’s steakhouse in Regent Square is closed today.

Lucille’s, 5512 La Branch: The restaurant is closed for lunch. Chef-owner Chris Williams currently plans to open for dinner.

Pastore, 1180 Dunlavy: The elegant Italian restaurant in Regent Square from Underbelly Hospitality is closed all day on Tuesday, January 16.

River Oaks

interior of French Gourmet Bakery in River Oaks
The newly remodeled interior of French Gourmet Bakery in River Oaks. Photo by Jenn Duncan.

French Gourmet Bakery, 2250 Westheimer: An email from the bakery stated that it’s going to be closed on Tuesday, January 16. You’ll have to get your kings’ cakes later in the week.

South Houston

The Rado MKT, 2310 Elgin: The all-day café and market from chef Chris Williams of Lucille’s Hospitality is closed today.

Spring Branch

Low Tide Kitchen & Bar, 2030A Bingle: Owner Alli Jarrett’s seafood-focused restaurant is closed today. However, her Heights restaurant, Harold’s, is open.

A bowl of house chili from Wild Oats in Spring Branch. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.
A bowl of house chili from Wild Oats in Spring Branch. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.

Wild Oats, 1222 Witte: This Underbelly Hospitality restaurant, which recently relocated to Spring Branch, is closed today.

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Tejas Burger Joint, 214 West Main: Frosted streets are really pretty. Frosted pipes are not. Unfortunately, that’s what has happened to Tejas Burger Joint, so it’s closed until the situation improves.

Washington Avenue / Rice Military

Aiko, 1902 Washington Avenue: The sushi restaurant from chefs Daniel Lee and Patrick Pham will be closed for Tuesday dinner service.

Burger Bodega, 4520 Washington Avenue: According to a representative, the popular smashed-burger join is closed today.

Jun's fried chicken with ginger, Thai chili and herbs
Jun’s fried chicken with ginger, Thai chili and herbs. Photo by Phaedra Cook.

Jūn, 420 East 20th Street: Our hometown celebrity chef Evelyn Garcia of Top Chef: Houston fame and business partner/fellow chef Henry Lu have decided to call it a snow day. Jūn is expected to reopen for business as usual on Wednesday.

Tio Trompo and White Tile Cafe, 316 Shepherd: We just told you about how this taqueria now has a craft coffee stand inside. Unfortunately, you can’t go try it today, as it’s closed for Frozen Tuesday.

West Houston

Flip ‘N Patties, 1809 Eldridge: The Filipino-America restaurant in the Energy Corridor posted to its website, “Due to Elsa from Frozen creating all this ice, we will be closed today to keep everyone warm, home and safe. We will return tomorrow for Whiskey Wednesday. Stay safe Houston! We love you!”

Multiple Locations

Rotisserie chicken at Craft Pita
Rotisserie chicken is a Craft Pita speciality. Photo courtesy of Craft Pita.

Craft Pita, 5172 Buffalo Speedway and 1920 Fountainview: Both the West University and Briargrove locations of this popular, casual Mediterranean restuarant are closed today.

El Tiempo: This respected purveyor of Tex-Mex operated by Mama Ninfa’s heirs is closed for dinner on Monday, January 15. The owners — for now — expect to reopen in time for lunch on Tuesday, January 16, but if the freezing temperatures don’t let up in time for the staff to drive in and prep, we think it’s going to be more like dinnertime. We shall see.

Feges BBQ: Both the Greenway and Spring Branch locations will be closed all day today.

Hando, 518 W 11th St and 8211 Long Point: Both the Heights and new Spring Branch locations of this sushi handroll restaurant are closed today.

Leaf and Grain, 500 Dallas and 1200 McKinney: Both downtown locations of this wholesome restaurant — which we just wrote about — are closed today.

Roegels BBQ Co., 2223 South Voss and 2702 Katy Freeway: Both locations of the acclaimed barbecue restaurant are closed on Tuesday, January 15. “Well, folks. It’s better for us to play it safe and not open our restaurants tomorrow,” read an Instagram post. “If y’all are out there driving, be safe and take your time. See everyone Wednesday.”

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