Get to know the 4 freshest new businesses to launch in Houston

Interested in checking out the newest restaurant additions to Houston? From a Japanese barbecue spot to a chicken and waffles kitchen, read on to see the newest businesses to open around town.

Calcio Cafe

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Stop by 2202 Summer St. and you'll find Calcio Cafe, a new spot offering coffee, tea, juices, smoothies and light food fare. With 3.5-stars out of three reviews on Yelp, the cafe is gaining attention in the neighborhood.

Calcio Cafe is located within the Toros Lifestyle Soccer facility in the Sawyer Yards. In addition to the beverage and food menu, the cafe streams soccer games daily, provides free Wi-Fi and has an outdoor patio to which patrons are encouraged to bring their dogs.

Yelper Mariey G. shared, "Love this place! The vibe is great. Their iced lattes are the best in Houston — they're the most refreshing I've ever had. The milk is smooth and their coffee has just the right blend to it. Along with all of that, they also have a soccer field where you can kick the ball around and just hang out."

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

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Wander over to 7748 Cypress Creek Parkway in Willowbrook, and you'll find Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ, a new Japanese tapas bar, offering barbecue and more. With 4.5 stars out of three reviews on Yelp, the restaurant is already garnering attention.

Open seven days a week from 5–10:30 p.m., this restaurant features four distinct menus: a la carte, course, dessert and drink. The course menu offers four large meals that are meant for groups of two to six patrons, who can choose from among Meat Lovers, Gyu-Kaku, Samurai and Shogun. Each course provides soup and salad, meat choices and dessert. 

Yelper Kai T., who was one of the first to review this new location, wrote, "As a regular who always visits the Katy location, I am happy there is a Gyu-Kaku near where I live. The interior, the atmosphere and the way the restaurant presents itself is by far top notch. Same great barbecue menu, with everything that I love to order." 

I Heart Boba

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New to 10245 Kempwood Drive, Suite B, in Spring Branch North is I Heart Boba, a spot to score bubble tea, juices, smoothies and sandwiches. With four stars out of two Yelp reviews, this new place is off to a great start. 

I Heart Boba features a specific kind of bubble tea called boba tea, which is a "traditional Taiwanese style tea drink with fresh tapioca pieces at the bottom," according to the business' website. The menu also features more traditional coffee, iced tea, smoothies and slushies. The restaurant strives to deliver a relaxing, spa-like vibe for its patrons with music, flat screen televisions and computer stations.

Yelper Freddy S. noted, "My favorite place for barbecue chicken banh mi and strawberry boba tea. Will keep coming back here!"

Taste Bar + Kitchen

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A newcomer to Midtown, Taste Bar + Kitchen is a cocktail bar and Southern spot, offering waffles and more, that's located at 3015 Bagby St. With four stars out of 12 reviews on Yelp, the new spot is gaining traction in the neighborhood.

While the menu supplies patrons with a variety of Southern specialties, including gourmet mac and cheese, jerk lamb chops and pecan pie, Taste Bar + Kitchen is quickly becoming known for its extensive chicken and waffles selections. Savory versions include General Tso's chicken and waffles, while one of the sweet versions is chicken with red velvet waffles. 

Yelper Lisa A. wrote, "Yum! The chicken and waffles here are irresistible. The cheeseburger waffle was amazing. We devoured the gouda mac and cheese. You must have the praline waffles for dessert. I can't wait to come back and try more items from the menu."

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