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The 10 Best Downtown Restaurants

More than tunnels and tourist traps.

And in north downtown, here's a fun blind item for you to puzzle out: A popular Mexican restaurant will soon be significantly expanding its patio and its dining room, the latter to make way for a full-scale bar.

In openings news, the restaurant that took over the old Convivio space on Durham is now open. Katch-22 is a partnership between two native sons of Houston legends: Kory Clemens, whose father is former Houston Astros MVP Roger Clemens and Luke Mandola, whose entire family runs half of the restaurants in Houston among them. That's a rough estimate. Katch-22 calls its concept a "new alternative to casual dining" that's "Sports in Spirit, Modern in Style!" with a menu that seems family-friendly instead of trendy.

In closings news, heads up if you want to catch Feast before the British restaurant closes for good: The closure has been pushed up to June 14. "Also, please be advised," the restaurant posted on its Twitter account, "our liquor license runs out June 3. So after that we are officially BYOB!"

Irma Galvan at her namesake restaurant.
Stephanie Meza
Irma Galvan at her namesake restaurant.
Venison carpaccio at Quattro.
Mai Pham
Venison carpaccio at Quattro.

Just a few blocks away, Sushi Raku has closed its doors after a three-year run in Midtown. But it wasn't the only sushi spot to shutter this week: Zushi on Memorial Drive closed as well. No word on what will become of talented chef Chris Nemoto, but at least there's good news for the equally talented chef Adison Lee of Sushi Raku.

Lee has landed a job as the chef at Kuu, the new Japanese restaurant in the Memorial area that plans to open this fall. Kuu is just one of the restaurants slated to open in the Gateway Memorial City development that's long been under construction at Gessner and I-10, just west of Memorial City Mall.

The other two restaurants are Tony Vallone's new steakhouse — Vallone's — which was announced late last year, and a new location of Churrascos. The Memorial spot will be the Houston-based chain's fourth location.

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