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Staking out new territory: Killen's heading to Stella Sola spot in the Heights

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If you've never made the drive down to Pearland to eat at Ronnie Killen's eponymous steakhouse, you've been missing out. But no more — on Saturday Killen officially signed the lease to take over the Stella Sola space on Studewood in the Heights.

Killen's goal of opening a second restaurant in town has been pretty much an open secret since he tweeted about looking for an available location at the end of January. As he told The Houston Chronicle's Alison Cook, Killen is moving in fast, hoping to open in six weeks.

 Killen is moving in fast, hoping to open in the Heights location in six weeks.

 Early reports about Killen's plans indicated he was considering branching out into a separate concept, but Cook reports the Heights space will follow the same menu as the original steakhouse in Pearland (including options to wood-grill or broil every steak), so get ready to splurge of Killen's famous creme brulee bread pudding.

There will also be additions culled from Killen's special menus, including the succulent sous-vide short rib as well as the shrimp gumbo from Killen's superlative James Beard dinner, recreated in Pearland in January.

The Heights restaurant won't go through any dramatic design changes, aside from removing the Stella Sola signage and some televisions from the bar area. Killen says he's changing out the chairs, adding a new coat of paint and re-configuring the entryway to increase the seating to 165.

Are you excited about Killen's coming to Houston?

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