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Menu of Menus® 2014

Lots of food and lots of fans.

Moving locations mid-season might seem like a difficult task for the market and a slight annoyance for those organizing the weekly event, but the change could be a good thing for the overall layout.

"What's going to be kind of cool is that we are going to have more seating now," Horne says. "We have more space for that, so we are looking at some options now to see what we can come up with to get people more places to sit."

So for those of you who come to the market during your lunch break in a suit, dress, or skirt and don't have anywhere to sit but on the ground, you'll have the chance to keep your work attire clean while comfortably enjoying your meal from your favorite food truck or vendor. You'll still be able to eat crepes from Melange Creperie, stomach-filling bites from Eatsie Boys, Brazilian barbecue from Churrasco To Go and meat pies from Blackbird Foods.

Urban Harvest will have a Cajun theme for the kickoff of its new location. Horne says the Zydeco Dots will provide tunes for the afternoon, and chef Ara Malekian of ARACAN, The Roaming Kitchen, will supply crawfish ­samples.

"The season closes June 19, and then [the farmers' market] will have to reopen," Horne says. "This is what is making it so crazy, is that the construction is so involved; it's going to take the better part of six months. We will reopen the following season at the second location, at the library at the Julia Ideson Building."
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Restaurant News

Openings & Closings
Dirk's Coffee ceases to brew after 15 years in business.

Molly Dunn

It's always sad to see a long-standing restaurant shutter, but after 15 years, Dirk's Coffee, formerly Diedrich Coffee, has decided to close its doors. The coffee shop on Montrose closed on April 8, according to Eater. Back in 2012, Katharine Shilcutt ranked the Mayan Mocha at Dirk's Coffee as the No. 6 best iced coffee drink in Houston, and in 2011 Dirk's was awarded the No. 10 spot on the Houston Press's list of Top 10 coffeehouses in Houston. On the day it closed, an employee of the coffee shop told Eater that Dirk's was shutting its doors but didn't provide any additional information. The idea of the shop reopening at a different location is still up in the air.

In case you missed the breaking news last week, House of Pies on Kirby finally reopened after a fire forced its closure in November 2013. Go get your late-night pie, everyone, because House of Pies on Kirby is back in business.

The Austin-based fast-food restaurant chain VERTS opened on April 12 at 107 Yale. VERTS specializes in döner kebap, which Eater Houston describes as "a panino packed with roasted meat, veggies and yogurt-based sauces," and you get all that with fewer than 550 calories. This is the first VERTS to open in Houston; more locations will open in River Oaks, Cypress, Spring, Vintage Park, and on Westheimer later this spring and in the ­summer.

Though a few Washington Avenue bars have closed recently, that hasn't stopped Alba Huerta from opening her club, Julep, at 1919 Washington, the space previously occupied by The Corkscrew. According to Eater, Huerta is the former general manager of Anvil and partner in The Pastry War, and her bar will serve drinks from the American South. Julep is planning a May opening. CultureMap's Eric Sandler reports that Adam Garcia, former chef at Revival Market and The Pass & Provisions, has been hired at Julep.

You can now get your doughnuts from a food truck. Doughmaker Doughnuts serves gourmet creations like baked blueberry cake doughnuts with lemon zest, honey orange blossom doughnuts with a pistachio crumble, and caramel doughnuts with toasted coconut.

Town & Country Boulevard is getting a new South American restaurant, Sal y Pimienta South American Kitchen (sal y pimienta means "salt and pepper" in Spanish). According to a press release, owner Gianfranco Percovich was part of the Cordúa Restaurant Group for several years and opened Tango & Malbec in the Galleria area. He will open Sal y Pimienta in May. The restaurant will offer a variety of South American dishes, as well as a selection of top South American wines.

As he announced at the Houston Press Menu of Menus® Extravaganza during the Iron Fork Chef Competition (which he won for the third straight time), Kevin Naderi is opening a new restaurant, Lillo & Ella, in the space previously occupied by El Gran Malo, 2307 Ella Boulevard. According to The Leader, this new restaurant won't be similar to Roost, and it is scheduled to open by May 1.

The second TopGolf in Houston opened on April 8, and it's not just a place to go hit golf balls off of three levels. The Houston Chronicle reports that guests can feast on a variety of bar-food items (with a contemporary twist) such as pickled fried chicken and a Thanksgiving Burger complete with bacon-wrapped sage, cranberry stuffing, pear relish and brussels sprouts slaw. The new location opened at 560 Spring Park Center Boulevard off I-45.

These two restaurants are already open, but they are adding new dining services: Triniti began a Saturday brunch on April 12. The Chronicle writes that Triniti's pastry chef, Samantha Mendoza, will end her Saturday morning bakery pop-ups but will include her baked goods on the brunch menu; the bakery products will also be available to go. Coltivare opened in January, but the new restaurant from Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber of Revival Market is now open for weekend lunch from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The lunch menu, according to Eater, consists of items like brunch-friendly pizzas and the Coltivare Burger. The lunch menu also includes cocktails.

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