Openings and Closings: Chili’s Chills, Movie Munchies, Green Performers

Hey, what happened to Monday? Swamplot spent most of it fighting off a few tech demons. But hey, here’s some news!

  • Opened: The new and expanded Children’s Museum had its grand opening this weekend. Now twice its original size, the 90,000 sq. ft. museum features exhibits of children in various states of play. Also inside: an expanded branch of the Houston Public Library.
  • Opening: Backe’s Bullpen, a fine drinking establishment in Dickinson, will open with the backing of Astros pitcher Brandon Backe, reports the Galveston Daily News‘s Laura Elder. Last October, Backe was arrested after a run-in with police at a Galveston bar.
  • Closed: Mike McGuff notices that the Meyer Park Chili’s, once “the big teen hangout in southwest Houston,” shut down in February.


  • Opening: The former Linens N Things store in Weslayan Plaza, at the corner of Weslayan and Bissonnet, will become a Spec’s Liquor and Finer Foods in a few months, reports the West University Examiner. The new store will be just under 25,000 sq. ft., and — as the Examiner notes — just a wide parking lot away from the nearest Chuck E. Cheese. Also not too far away: the much smaller Spec’s in the Plaza in the Park, otherwise known as the Kroger shopping center at Buffalo Speedway and Westpark. Up until recently, that store’s sign read Copperfield Liquor, but the Examiner reports it’s been owned by Spec’s since 2005.
  • Open: Katharine Shilcutt explains the cure for the movie munchies available at Studio Movie Grill, now open in CityCentre, the Town & Country Mall redo:

    Place your order before you go into the theater and it’s brought to you during the previews, so as not to disturb the movie. In the theater itself you’ll find your own leather chair (which is frighteningly reminscent of the office chairs many of us sit in all day) and a coaster buzzer. If you find yourself needing a refill or anything else during the movie, just use your buzzer and a server will come take care of you.

  • Opening: East Downtown music factory Warehouse Live is turning some of its private event space into a third club, the 130-person Green Room:

    The new venue will be open four to five nights a week and will feature mostly acoustic acts. The Green Room was designed with hardwood floors, an antique tin ceiling, 10 banquettes and a stand-alone sound system.

    First performance: March 29.

Got news of any other opening or closing acts around town? Send it in!

Photo of interior of new Children’s Museum Houston: Geoff Lyon