It was a busy week for openings, so we'll kick things off this Friday with some happy news. Eleven XI, the new restaurant helmed by chef Kevin Bryant, opened this past Tuesday night...and it already has three Yelp reviews. The location at 607 West Gray had to be extensively renovated to turn the f ... More >>
While there wasn't a whole lot of good news to report this week, there was a rash of closings. The holidays can be killer like that. After many years in business serving martinis to the Shepherd Plaza crowd, The Davenport closed last week. Often dubbed "The Davensnort" for the, ahem, activities tha ... More >>
After 45 years in business along Washington Avenue, Guadalajara Bakery is closing its doors on February 29. Unlike previous closing scares for the longtime breakfast taco purveyor, this one is concrete: New owners purchased the building and gave the family 30 days notice to vacate. A bar is planned ... More >>
Another suspect is still at large.Last month we told you about a man killed as he walked to his car with his wife near the Richmond Strip, an area not generally known for outright murder. Esvin Sabonluis, 27, was killed about 9:10 p.m. October 23 in the 6200 block of Fairdale, near Fountain ... More >>
Murdered near the Richmond StripA man walking with his wife to their car near the Richmond Strip was shot to death last night during a robbery attempt, police say. Esvin Sabonluis, 27, was killed about 9:10 p.m. in the 6200 block of Fairdale, near Fountain Vie and Richmond, HPD says. "Mr. S ... More >>
Kiotti, freestyler turned radio personality, helps Signature Lounge distinguish itself.
Life returns to the Richmond Strip.
Last week we gave you the 10 worst neighborhoods in Houston for burglaries. This week, just in time for Christmas shopping, it's the worst neighborhoods for robbery. As we cautioned before, HPD doesn't suggest comparing this raw data from neighborhood to neighborhood. Some beats are more den ... More >>
Fake weed's final freewheeling days
Channel 39 did a recent piece on whatever happened to the Richmond Strip, and turned for expert advice to our own John Nova Lomax. Includes exciting footage of Lomax preparing to type.
Deadly accident on a Friday night near the Richmond StripA fatal auto/pedestrian accident Friday night near the Richmond Strip has resulted in intoxication assault charges against the driver, Houston police say.Cops say was driving a silver Lexus ES350 in the 6100 block of Fairdale near Dave & ... More >>
Washington Avenue is Houston's newest destination for young people and people trying to pass as young; hip people and those trying to remain hip; well-to-do and those who nurse a beer through the night.It's also become a place where residents complain about drunks pissing in their yards at 2 a. ... More >>
For such a big city, '80s Houston was in some ways still a small town. Case in point: the teenage ritual of cruising Westheimer, in which the fourth largest city in America did its best to impersonate a one-Dairy Queen town, one where all you can do is drive down the strip and then turn back arou ... More >>
Perusing the "Hot Ticket" spread in this week's Chronicle's Preview section, we came across this little doozy of a mislabeled photo:The caption reads, in part, "Trombone Shorty (pictured here in Guitar Shorty mode) and Orleans Avenue will headline A Gulf Coast Juneteenth...7 p.m. Friday at Miller Ou ... More >>
Okay, imagine you're a third overall draft pick, and two years into your football career, you've lost your job as starting quarterback to an aging, recovering alcoholic, racist retread. You're teetering on the brink of being labeled one of the biggest busts in recent football history. What's more, ... More >>
Illustration courtesy wikipediaThe "Guerrilla Gay Bar" concept is coming to Houston.Announced on a Facebook page, the event will begin Friday night.And what is a Guerrilla Gay Bar?As the announcement says: "Once a month, we will venture away from our normal hangouts and take over one of the local 's ... More >>
Yeah, so we judged a Texas Two-Step dancing contest last night.That's pretty much the equivalent of Sarah Palin judging a Dance Salad festival, but we tried.You know it's bad when the only song you recognize in the half-dozen or so tunes in the warm-up is George Strait's "Love Without End, Amen, ... More >>
NASA has announced that one of its satellites has collided with a Russian satellite, creating a cloud of space debris that threatens other space objects.They did not say whether red-light cameras played any part in the collision.Scientists say, however, that satellites have never collided in the 50- ... More >>
We once described the area immediately to the east of the George R. Brown Convention Center as a "silent, godforsaken stretch of no-man's-land" that is neither the Warehouse District, nor the Third Ward, nor the East End. We employed that bulky definition because by 2000, its 1980s and '90s name - ... More >>
This week, David Beebe and I tackled Richmond, from the Mission Bend Park and Ride to the Wheeler Station on the light rail. I’ll have the full story up in a few minutes, but here’s a little something to whet your appetite. Richmond Ave, by the numbers Bars stopped in: 6 Dangerous wild an ... More >>
We have a Whatachat with the guys behind the fast-food rap video
A look inside the bars of the Near Northside
Now, live music is waiting for you
Cuttin' a rug with the Dubya bunch at Wild West
Women 35 and up serve it up
A hip-hop summit preaches what it doesn't practice
Lean, Mean Texas Machine (Westerland Records)
A farewell slap to a Chronicle columnist
Ten people have been shot on the Richmond Strip since May. And this is where we want to send thousands of Super Bowl fans?
Charlie Berry performs at Porky's
In which a narcotic, native-born music finds a nightclub home
A trendy nightspot just off the Richmond Strip stands apart from its monochromatic competitors
The Travis Cafe feels like Austin -- if Austin had good food
Dennis Lange has almost complete control of the most lucrative live music outlets in Houston. You want to play? Then you play his way.
For Houston's cover bands, the party never ends and the songs remain the same
Brad Tyer finds fun, more fun and big fun on the Richmond Strip