The Houston scene has another music venue in the mix, as Mango's Café on Westheimer has its grand opening next Friday with a huge show headlined by the Sideshow Tramps. Took 'em that long to get the joint cleaned up from theHomopolice show
, we imagine, and let's hope they got the restroom situation sorted because we can't afford any more tetanus shots. Though Mango's made its debut as a music venue last weekend during the Westheimer Block Party, it officially goes live in earnest next week. It's already been open doing time as a decent Mexican restaurant for a few years now.
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Free Press Houston editor Omar Afra's wife, Andrea, is a partner in the operation with Paul Holzhauer, a former cook at Midtown's Reef. The duo aims to serve a predominantly vegetarian menu that "even carnivores can get down for," Omar Afra wrote in an e-mail. Omar and a few other partners are handling Mango's booking, which is shaping up to be a nightly revue of pretty much everything currently oozing from Houston's earbuds. Townes Van Zandt-channeling folkie Robert Ellis seems to be aiming for a nightly residency, playing at least four times this month alone, both solo and with I Am Mesmer. Mango's is also in the same spot as the Oven, which had a huge part in shaping Rocks Off's chubby punk heart back in the '90s, back when the place used to look like a Vespa dealership.