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Asian Street-Food Restaurant Lillo & Ella in Garden Oaks Closes

by Michael Scrutchin Posted: 09-16-15 | 2 years ago
Kevin Naderia, chef/owner of Lillo & Ella
Photo Credit: lilloandella.com Kevin Naderi, chef/owner of Lillo & Ella

And another one bites the dust. Another quality H-town restaurant, that is. Chef Kevin Naderi announced in a press release today that he’s closing the doors of his Asian street-food restaurant in Garden Oaks, Lillo & Ella, effective immediately.

Lillo & Ella, which opened just 16 months ago, earned positive reviews on Yelp and from Houston restaurant critics, with Robb Walsh of Houstonia capping off his review by saying, “I hope Kevin Naderi doesn’t mind if I call Lillo & Ella’s the coolest Asian-fusion restaurant in Houston.”

Despite good reviews, Lillo & Ella struggled. In an interview with the Houston Press last October, Naderi said, “We’re in an area that is still changing, but at the same time it really bothers me that people are scared to try new things. Every single day, between two and three different tables walk in, look at the menu and walk out.”

In today’s press release, Naderi said Lillo & Ella is closing because he received an offer he couldn’t refuse. “I’ve loved Lillo and Ella, the concept of Asian street food, our Heights neighbors and what we’re doing at the restaurant,” he said. “But I’ve felt more and more that I want to devote more attention to Roost.”

Roost is Naderi’s first restaurant, located in Montrose, which opened in 2011. Roost’s menu is shaken up every three weeks, using farm-fresh seasonal ingredients and flavors from the American south, Asia, and the Middle East.

Michael Scrutchin

Former film critic and editor of the now-defunct Flipside Movie Emporium. Writer of sorts. Houston native. Also: dancer, poet, fiddler.

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