Ayesha Curry is cooking up a third International Smoke location.
Ayesha Curry is cooking up a third International Smoke location.
Photo courtesy of International Smoke

Openings and Closings: Welcome International Smoke, Goodbye Happy Fatz

Chef Michael Mina and cookbook author Ayesha Curry plan to open the third location of International Smoke at City Centre in early 2018, as reported here in the Houston Press. The menu highlights global flavors in bold and dynamic dishes. There are two other locations in Waikiki and San Francisco. Michael Mina’s eponymous, Mina Group, manages 32 restaurants across the country. Ayesha Curry is a best-selling cookbook author and host of “The Great American Baking Show” and “Ayesha’s Home Kitchen”. She is married to Stephen Curry, professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors.

Chef Michael Mina is expanding his empire with International Smoke.
Chef Michael Mina is expanding his empire with International Smoke.
Photo courtesy of International Smoke


Happy Fatz
, 3510 White Oak, closed November 1, according to Houstonia magazine. The popular Heights hot dog joint announced on its Facebook page that it will continue to do pop-ups in the area and loyal customers can get information on its social media. Owners Susan Shrum and Rebecca Sanders are planning a new venture for January 2018 called The Wildflour Artisan Bakery and Grill, which will be located in Canyon Lake, Texas.

Folks in the Heights are sad to lose Happy Fatz.
Folks in the Heights are sad to lose Happy Fatz.
Photo by Houston Press

Bellagreen, 10111 Louetta, opened in Vintage Park, November 2. This is the sixth location of the eco-conscious concept in the Houston area. The restaurant caters to dietary preferences and needs, welcoming modifications and customizations.

Southern Goods, 623 West 19th, suffered a devastating fire on November 5, around 11 p.m., according to Houston Food Finder. No word on reopening as of yet. Houston Food Finder also reported that there was a fire and explosion at BJ Hooker’s Vodka Plant, 1300 East Richey, resulting in injuries to three people. We wish them a speedy recovery.

Pluckers Wing Bar will open its third Houston area location at 20821 Gulf Freeway in Webster on November 21. The company has opened 20 locations across Texas and Louisiana since its original Austin restaurant in 1985. Their famous wings come with a choice of their signature sauces, such as Fire in the Hole and Spicy Mandarin. A Cypress location is planned for early 2018.

La Michoacana Meat Market, 16215 Stuebner Airline, had its grand opening November 5, serving free tacos to lucky customers. The mercado and butchery sells grocery items as well as prepared foods. Another new store opened November 3 at 510 Park Street, in Baytown. The new locations bring the total to 50 across Texas.

Firehouse Subs, 25551 Kingsland, opened October 23, according to Community Impact.

Openings and Closings: Welcome International Smoke, Goodbye Happy Fatz
Photo courtesy of Beltway Burgers and Bites

Beltway Burgers and Bites, 8111 N. Sam Houston Parkway West had its soft opening October 21. The burger place serves beef from 44 Farms and the buns are from Slow Dough bakery. The restaurant is opened Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Empanada Company, 2925 W. TC Jester opened in late October. The bakery serves meat, seafood and dessert empanadas, along with fresh-squeezed juices.

Cactus Cove, 3333 W. 11th, had its soft opening October 22. This is the sixth restaurant for the Creek Group. The bar and grill is now serving lunch and dinner with plans for a brunch menu in the works. The happy hour specials are sure to please the locals in this Timbergrove neighborhood hangout.

Bansuri, a former food truck serving Indian street food, opened its brick and mortar establishment at 10625 Brighton, in Stafford. The vegetarian restaurant has a large outdoor patio and serves drinks like mango lassies and falooda, an Indian dessert drink made with rose syrup and vermicelli.

Take the Mexican Bulldog margarita to a whole new level at Casa Vera.
Take the Mexican Bulldog margarita to a whole new level at Casa Vera.
Photo courtesy of Casa Vera

Casa Vera, 1420 Katy Fort Bend, opened October 4. The Mexican restaurant now has a happy hour, Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with margaritas on the rocks for the sweet price of $2.50.

Palette Indian Kitchen, 3559 Rayford, had its soft opening on October 5. The Spring area restaurant is getting positive reviews on Yelp for its biryani, crepes, and “super-nice” owners.

Brothers Larry and Tikie Kriticos are bringing a third location of their restaurant, Olympia Grill, to League City's Pinnacle Park. The Houston Chronicle reported that a lease was signed for a 10,000 square foot space at 2535 Interstate 45 South. Olympia Grill has two Galveston Island locations.

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