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Move Over, Cupcakes

Macarons have taken your place.

Eater reports that Lei Low Bar opened on February 28. You'll feel as if you're in the tropics at this Tiki bar, where everyone will get to sip on rum cocktails in coconut cups. Lei Low Bar is brought to you by Elizabeth and Russell Thoede of Down House and Ryan Rouse and Brad Moore of Goro & Gun, Grand Prize Bar and Big Star Bar. They tell Eater that they'd like to bring the "Tiki culture" to Houston as it is being revived in places like New York and California.

Soon you won't be able to get a burrito at Mission Burrito anymore. But before you freak out, Mission Burrito isn't closing. It just has to change its name. CultureMap's Eric Sandler reports that the change is due to a trademark infringement debate between Gruma Corp.'s line of Mexican food products and Mexican Restaurants Inc., owner of Mission Burrito. An announcement will be made soon about the restaurant's new name.

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill opened in West Oaks Mall on February 21. According to a press release, the restaurant is 27,500 square feet in size and includes not only a restaurant and a bar but also a stage for live music performances and a dance floor. The menu consists of typical Southern grill items like chicken-fried steak, platters of potato skins, nachos, quesadillas and wings as well as a multitude of burgers, sandwiches and steaks.

Ooh La La Dessert Boutique now sells macarons. From left: salted caramel, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, pistachio and tiramisu.
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Ooh La La Dessert Boutique now sells macarons. From left: salted caramel, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, pistachio and tiramisu.
The blueberry vanilla bean macarons at Macaron by Patisse are adventurous yet quite popular.
Courtesy of Macaron by Patisse
The blueberry vanilla bean macarons at Macaron by Patisse are adventurous yet quite popular.

Taco Milagro's giant sign may still be up on the building, but the smaller sign listing the restaurants and businesses in the shopping center now reads "Local Foods." Taco Milagro, which closed last summer, is being transformed into a new Local Foods by Benjy Levit, owner of both benjy's locations and the original Local Foods. The newest location, at 2555 Kirby, is set to open soon, and Eater has photos of the interior of the restaurant revealing its transformation.

Salata has opened its second location in Memorial City. The new restaurant is in the CityCentre shopping center at 840 West Sam Houston Parkway, Suite 101.

Chick-fil-A will open on El Dorado Boulevard in Webster on March 6, and as with every Chick-fil-A grand opening, customers are invited to set up camp outside the restaurant in hope of being among the first 100 customers. Those fortunate few will be awarded 52 Chick-fil-A meal tickets, good for a year's worth of food! (If more than 100 customers are lined up outside, a drawing will be held to determine the 100 winners.) Everyone is invited to wait outside Webster's new Chick-fil-A 24 hours before the 6 a.m. grand opening on March 6.

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