UPDATE 10/18: La Fendee remains open and owners have told long-time customers they have no plans to close the longtime Montrose restaurant that serves Middle Eastern food and is known for its large patio and friendly service. Numerous attempts to reach the owners have not been successful thus far.
Another hot restaurant is set to move into lower Westheimer restaurant row, while an old standby bites the dust. La Fendee is going to close and make way for a third Tacos a Go-Go, sources tell CultureMap.
While I am personally a fan of smoking hookahs on La Fendee’s patio while chowing down on hummus and hot, greasy falafel patties served with shoestring fries, the restaurant's business has been waning and Tacos a Go-Go is jumping at the prime spot. No official date has been set for La Fendee to close, but CultureMap's source expects it to be gone by the end of the month.
It will be one of the few spots in Montrose to serve proper breakfast tacos.
With its original location in Midtown and a second location in the Heights, Tacos a Go-Go’s third restaurant seems like a natural expansion. Fans of the bars around the intersection of Westheimer and Montrose, such as Poison Girl, Anvil and Boondocks will soon be able to soothe their semi-inebriated cravings with delicious street-style tacos until 2 a.m. on the weekends. Tacos a Go-Go joins other late night eats in the neighborhood like Katz’s Deli, Theo’s Restaurant, BB’s Cafe — as well as food trucks like Koagie Hots, Pi Pizza Truck and The Rice Box.
The move puts Tacos a Go-Go up against recently opened tequila and tacos joint Pistolero's as options to satisfy a late night taco craving, but Tacos a Go-Go has one important distinguishing feature. It will be one of the few spots in Montrose to serve proper breakfast tacos. If it can grab some morning business from neighbor stalwarts like La Mexicana, Tacos Tierra Caliente and La Guadalupana, it could find a nice niche.
Besides, the ability to eat a couple tacos while drinking a margarita or two on one of the neighbor's best patios sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon.