Houston Business Journal

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Jose Hernandez Re-emerges At Radio Milano

    Good news for Houston foodies: after his short but lauded stint as executive chef at La Balance in Katy, Jose Hernandez has re-emerged in a big way. Houston Business Journal reports that his new place, Radio Milano, opens in CityCentre today. This follows up his temporary role as Etoile's sous chef. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Go Fried
    Chicken-Crazy at The Bird House

    Culturemap Houston: Eric Sandler posted the lowdown on The Bird House and it's especially worth mentioning now. H-Town StrEATs food truck chefs Jason Hill and Matt Opaleski have opened what's essentially a long-term fried chicken pop-up. It's in the space that normally houses Boil House at 606 East ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Houston Spaceport, Still in Planning Stages, Has Its First Customer

    If you thought trying to get app-based transportation approved here in Houston was tough, it'll be interesting to see how smoothly it goes developing a plan for commercial space flight. Space travel is higher on the list, we think, especially since a project --- a planned public-private partnership ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Chiles, Barbecue and Texas Beer 'n' Wine

    Living on Love and Leftovers: Though Central Market's Hatch chile festival ended on August 20, the chiles aren't gone just yet. The official festival in Hatch, New Mexico doesn't end until September 1, and the chiles will continue to be available in grocery stores for some time. Brooke and Greg of L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    More is More: Texans Set to Unveil Gargantuan Video Board at Reliant Stadium

    Let's dispense with the "bigger in Texas" jokes right off the bat. Also, no "size matters" quips if you please. The Rockets installed a massive video board inside Toyota Center before last season. If you were wondering just how big it is, imagine installing a 60-inch flat screen in your bathroom t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    Ellington Airport Could Become a Commercial Spaceport (Could a Moon Vacation Be in the Cards?)

    Houston has some great airports, but now the City of Houston and the Houston Airport System are working to see about getting one airport a little something extra as a licensed spaceport. Back in the days of the space race, our rockets were heading for the moon, and it all happened so fast that it s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Openings & Closings: 1252 Tapas Bar In Vintage Park Shutters, Camerata at Paulie's Opens & More

    The Fourth of July weekend was filled with exciting openings and a surprising closing. Let's start with the closing of one of the 1252 Tapas Bar locations. The Vintage Park location of 1252 Tapas Bar closed on July 6, but don't worry, the other locations in Uptown and The Woodlands are still open. ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 11, 2013

    Tony Vallone's Regional Italian Cuisine Dinner Series

    Sicilian homestyle cooking at Ciao Bello.

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Sad Farewells & Exciting Expansions

    Let's just get to the sad news, first. Feast is closing today. The wonderful and beloved restaurant, however, is having a yard sale to get rid of, well, everything. Head on over on Saturday, June 15 at 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.-ish and Monday, June 17 from 10 a.m. until dusk to snag something from the re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Iced Coffee Guides & Medieval Jousting Entertainment

    Blue Jean Gourmet: If you're looking for the perfect summer dessert, look no further. Blue Jean Gourmet made a peach and blackberry cobbler with freshly picked peaches and blackberries. The sweetness of soft peaches combined with the tart, yet subtly sweet, blackberries makes for the ultimate cobble ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 30, 2013

    Max's Wine Dive Moving to Montrose

    What does that mean for Houston?

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Landry's Lawsuits and All-Day Sunday Funday in Sugar Land

    Eater Houston: Congratulations are in order for Underbelly chef/owner Chris Shepherd, who was named Best New Chef yesterday by Food & Wine. Shepherd is one of 10 Best New Chefs listed by the magazine, and is joined by the likes of Michael Voltaggio, at Ink in Los Angeles and Danny Bowien of Mission ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    Boy Scouts Selling Camp Drake, Likely to Become Master Planned Community

    I was never a boy scout. I didn't have anything against it, personally, but it was just never my thing. But friends I knew who were all went to Camp Strake at some point in their childhood. The sprawling 2100-acre property along I-45 in Conroe is apparently quite beautiful and if you are in the mark ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Maggie Rita's Meets Its Maker

    Houston Business Journal: In the first of this week's big news items, the HBJ reports that Maggie Rita's has closed its Galleria and Shepherd locations. No surprise, considering the overall quality of the food and the fact that the Kirby location was closed not too long ago. Maybe we'll finally get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    What Was Your Favorite Concert at The Summit?

    It must be music-venue day today. Rocks Off would like to thank Jon Harvey of Houston (@oompahead) for alerting us via Twitter to the fact that on this day in 1975, when I was a few weeks away from turning one year old, the sports and entertainment arena then known as the Summit opened in Greenway P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Downtown Derring-Do

    Restaurants and bars are betting on downtown in increasing numbers, as more business owners perform daring feats like -- gasp! -- moving into vacant spaces on Main Street or taking over failed locations with zest and zeal. Now that I've gotten all of the Errol Flynn language out of my system for th ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 11, 2012

    The Rest of the Best

    Houston's top 10 pizzas.

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Expansions and Transformations

    Ever since the planned second location for Killen's Steakhouse in the Heights fell through, Ronnie Killen has been keeping busy back home in Pearland. There, he's currently in the process of transforming his popular steakhouse into Killen's BBB. Writing for CultureMap, Ruthie Johnson Miller says th ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 28, 2012

    Dining on the Rails

    A guide to light rail lunching in Houston.

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Amazing Houston Business Journal Scoop: Onion Article Probably Not True

    Hold on to your hats, take a seat, take a deep breath, do whatever it takes to absorb some shattering news: An article in The Onion is probably fake. This earth-shattering scoop is brought to you by the Houston Business Journal, with an article entitled "Houston PR Pro Contemplates The Onion's Frac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Openings & Closings: The Blind Items Gain Vision Edition

    Everyone likes to see a good blind item come to fruition. We have two that gained sight this week. With one of our most recent items, our readers -- as usual -- were spot on in their guesses. Ocean's, the big white house in Montrose that currently serves subpar seafood, will soon become Concepción ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Manly Cupcakes and Tiff's Treats

    This week finds two new bakeries coming to town, which couldn't be more different from one another, as well as two extremely interesting pieces of gossip from our ever-reliable sources. Ranch Bakery (5431 Barker Cypress, Suite 500), which describes itself as "Houston's first manly bakery," is havin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Openings & Closings: The All-Montrose Edition

    It's all Montrose, all the time this week: Nearly every bit of restaurant scoop for the past several days has come out of the Montrose, starting with an announcement last night from the owners of the Eatsie Boys food truck: "EBOY BREAKING NEWS: We have signed a lease in Mmmontrose. Eboy 3.0 storefro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Nothing Bundt News

    The opening of Uchi Houston last week was just the prelude to a rash of exciting, greatly anticipated openings across the city. Get ready, folks: It's a great time to be a diner in Houston. Artisans, the new restaurant from Le Mistral brothers David and and Sylvain Denis with friend and fellow chef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Openings & Closings: The Difference Between Ruggles and "Ruggles"

    That didn't last long...​As 2012 gets up and running, restaurants have hit the ground running. This week's round-up includes two expansions, a few openings and a couple of noteworthy closings. Expanding into downtown as promised, The Burger Guys finally announced its new location this week: K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Hungry Suit Wants You to Eat Like a Human

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttYes, it even comes with the flower.​The motto at downtown start-up Hungry Suit is "Eat like a human." And by "human," the company clearly means the kind of human who orders room service in fancy hotels -- not that I'm complaining. The photo above shows a typical lu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Dynegy: Homeless Man Comes ThisClose to Buying It

    Meet the (almost) new boss, not the same as the old boss​The Houston Business Journal has ferreted out a nice nugget from the reams of paper surrounding the sale of Houston's Dynegy Inc.: Goldman Sachs tracked down and talked to a homeless guy who put in a bid to buy it. SEC filings show that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Dynamo's Stadium: A Date for the Groundbreaking Has Been Set

    Groundbreaking this month​Barring some last-minute glitches, the Houston Dynamo plan to have a groundbreaking ceremony for their $80 million stadium January 29, the club announced today. The Houston Business Journal reports that the only formality remaining before the team can go ahead is for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    U.S. News & World Report Again Ranks Houston Hospitals Highly, But How Serious A Study Is It?

    Rankings based only on "reputation"?​Anyone familiar with U.S. News & World Report's annual hospital rankings knows that Houston facilities are repeat performers. The magazine's just-out 2010 list of the top 50 ranks M.D. Anderson as number one for cancer care; the Texas Heart Institute came i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Chipotle Will Install Solar Panels Everywhere But Houston

    Photo by lcrf​Hair Balls is always worrying about reducing our carbon footprint -- in fact, we're constantly using aerosol-spray cleansers and dusters to reduce it like a mofo -- which is why we were stunned to learn in the Houston Business Journal that beloved burrito builders Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    We're Not That ACORN, Dammit

    ​They say that any publicity is good publicity, so since KTRH-AM spends 15 hours a day talking about ACORN, it must be a good thing to have a business in Houston named Acorn International, right?Apparently not.Acorn International, which is a consulting firm, has posted a new message on its website ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Las Problemas con Las Alamedas

    No matter what you may think of the food, there's no denying that the nearly three decade old Las Alamedas -- that familiar pink stucco sight along Katy Freeway -- has one of the most beautiful spaces in town.  With soaring ceilings, intricate wrought iron, a gorgeous antique mahogany bar, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Carl's Jr. Coming to a Corner (and TV Screen) Near You

    From the Houston Business Journal comes news that burger franchise Carl's Jr. will be opening over 100 stores in Texas, with several planned for the Houston area.  Although it's not yet known how many Carl's Jr.'s will be opened or where they'll be located, hamburger enthusiasts are already sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    On Hold: Lots Of Impressive-Looking Buildings

    The Houston Business Journal has done a story on the trophy projects that have been announced but put on hold here in Houston.It's not online, but Swamplot does a good job summing it up.In short, it might be best to just admire these slick watercolor depictions, because it's probably all you're goin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2008

    Construction of Bank Branches Finally Slowing Down

    You remember that episode in The Simpsons where the enthusiastic and forward-looking evil genius Hank Scorpio gives Homer a job in his spiffy and fun Globex Corporation and the family moves to that sparkling Pacific Northwest-looking town? And Scorpio’s company shows Marge that documentary about l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2008

    No More Family Guy For Star Furniture

    Star Furniture, the third in the Houston triumvirate of ubiquitously advertising furniture stores, has made a bold decision. They've decided to crumble helplessly in the face of some right-wing whiners. Star, along with Dallas-based The Room Store and Corpus Christi's Whataburger, are the latest c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2008

    Ballet's Big Plans: Pipe Dream Or Feasible?

    It's long been rumored (at least in the Houston ballet world, such as it is), but the Houston Business Journal let the cat out of the bag: the Houston Ballet is hoping to build a large, expensive facility downtown near the Wortham Center to consolidate its far-flung operations. The Houston Chronicl ... More >>

  • News

    November 22, 2007

    Mike Spear, Jordy Tollett, Texas Monthly and Metro

    He's in prison but his name lives on

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2007

    Houston Has One Helluva Job Market. In Other News, We Quit.

    Dear Houstoned Reader, Are you having murderous feelings toward your boss, your co-worker, or your client? Going postal is certainly an option. But may we suggest simply quitting? After all, you are living in Houston, one of the top ten job markets in the USA, according to a recent study. And not o ... More >>

  • News

    February 15, 2007

    This Blows!

    Houston has a national rep for taking down buildings. So why are these eyesores still standing?

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
  • News

    March 20, 2003

    Jailhouse Mock

    Pot calls kettle black! Tonight on KHOU!

  • Music

    December 19, 2002

    Rodeo's Gonna Git You, Sucka

    When the Fat Show calls, you better answer

  • News

    November 1, 2001

    Doing All He Can

    Bomb Osama, a KRIV reporter sings

  • News

    April 5, 2001

    Ghost of a Chance

    The Balinese Room needs a gambler willing to bet the house - on its own future

  • News

    December 21, 2000

    West U Journal Feud

    Bankrupt journalist of the year v. O'Quinn et al.

  • News

    June 22, 2000

    Rocket Men

    The Chron plays the Louisville card

  • News

    March 30, 2000


    Will downtown parking meters moonlight? Don't count on it.

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