Cherry Block Craft Butcher and Kitchen, 409 Travis, will depart Bravery Chef Hall January 31 in order to open two new locations in Katy and Garden Oaks. The first, Cherry Block Craft Butcher and Market, 5305 Highway Boulevard, will open in early February. Cherry Block is a partnership between Felix Flores, owner of Falcon Lakes Farms, and chef Jess DeSham Timmons. The new shop will offer locally sourced heritage meats through Flores' wholesale distribution company. The butcher shop and market will be both wholesale and retail with a dry aging room, custom bacon and seasonings and chef-prepared meals. The staff at the current Bravery Chef Hall spot have been offered positions at the Katy market until the second location opens later this summer.
Cherry Block at The Stomping Grounds will join other tenants including Fat Cat Creamery which opened in November 2020 and Becca Cakes which debuted at the retail development this past summer.
The concept comes from Jordanian-born entrepreneur, Ahmad Kilani, who came to the United States in 2015 to earn his Master's Degree. During that time, he worked at Abu Omar Halal, Houston's first halal food truck. Kilani now co-owns six of its locations including the brick and mortar on Westheimer.
The menu includes a variety of street tacos, burritos and quesadillas. Guests can choose from a variety of meats like pastor, carnitas, barbacoa, suadero (brisket), chicharron and chicken. There's also fish and shrimp. For vegetarians and vegans, there are choices such as vegan chicken, mushroom, poblano and cheese. Additions like cheese, avocado, sour cream, pico de gallo and guacamole are available at an additional cost. Customers can choose corn or flour tortillas, which are made in house.
The Taco Stand offers 2,000 square feet inside and a 1,700 square foot patio. It's open for dine-in, drive-thru and to-go Sunday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to midnight.
Trendy Vegan, 3821 Richmond, began its soft opening January 1 of this year. The new vegan Asian restaurant takes over the spot which once housed Pepper Tree, another vegan restaurant that was on the forefront of vegetarian cuisine in Houston when it was founded by Happy and Mike Tsai seventeen years ago. It closed November 29, 2020.
The new restaurant is 100 percent vegan and offers traditional Asian dishes like spicy dumplings, Dan Dan noodles, vegan ramen and udon. Guests can create their own bento boxes with a number of choices from which to choose including garlic sauce eggplant, stir-fried green beans, General Tso's tofu, veggie lo mein and sauteed bok choy. For health-conscious folks, there are vegan smoothies like Mango Superfood, Vitality and Immunity.
The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
according to khou.com. The fire was spotted by a passing police officer who saw the smoke rising from the back of the restaurant. On Facebook, the Fung family said that it appeared to be a small electrical fire and that the restaurant suffered mostly smoke and water damage. No one was injured.
Fung's has been a Houston institution for three decades, hosting notable personages such as President George Bush and the Queen of Thailand. Chef Hoi Fung opened the restaurant in 1990, as he told contributing writer, Mai Pham, here in the Houston Press. The restaurant expanded from 3,000 square feet to 25,000 and became known for fresh seafood from its tanks, extensive Chinese menu and its very popular dim sum, especially on the weekends.
Fung's will be temporarily closed for repairs but loyal patrons can follow the restaurant on social media for updates.
There's also a raw bar with options like oysters on the half shell and a Maine lobster cocktail. For entrees, guests have choices such as rigatoni with vegetarian Bolognese, Planked Scottish Salmon, a twenty-two ounce Wagyu ribeye and Turner's Tartare, made with prime cut steak.
PappaRich, 9393 Bellaire Boulevard, opened January 7 at Bellaire Food Street. The Malaysian restaurant serves traditional dishes like beef rendang, roti canai, beef and chicken satays, curry laksa and Hainan chicken, a Chinese dish in which the chicken is usually poached or steamed. At PappaRich, it's also available fried.
This is the third location for the brand in the United States which has two other U.S. stores in New York. However, it has dozens of restaurants worldwide in Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, China and more. The new restaurant takes its place at Bellaire Food Street between the SoHo Chicken and an upcoming Ichiko Sapporo Ramen, in a line of Asian restaurants and chain concepts such as Beard Papas, Pepper Lunch, Tiger Sugar and Tom N Toms Coffee.
The Famous Crab Seafood and Oyster Bar, 12130 Dickinson Road, softly opened November 25 in Dickinson. It serves a variety of seafood with a Cajun spin including jambalaya, seafood gumbo, po'boys and seafood boils. For starters and sides, there are munchies like popcorn shrimp, fried crab fingers, hush puppies, Cajun turkey neck and fried crawfish tails. Fried seafood basket options include Gulf shrimp, oysters, catfish and tilapia.
Diners can create their own seafood boils or opt for the Famous Feast in three sizes, ranging from $20.95 to $59.95.
Restaurants Reported Open January 2021:
Airi Ramen, 28404 U.S. 290, opened December 7
Bagel Shop Bakery, 5422 Bellaire, opened December 30
Berg Hospitality Group at Cloud Kitchen, 5832 Fairdale, opened December 22
Bocca Italian Kitchen, 250 Assay, opened early January
Bonchon Midtown, 2100 Travis, opened early January
Cambrian Coffee, 9461 Hammerly, opened January 11
Coreanos, 6880 Louetta, opened late December
Craft Burger, 21945 Katy Freeway, opened December 26
Degust, 7202 Long Point, opened January 14
Diversion Cocktails, 7202 Long Point, opened January 14
Flappy Wings and Burgers, 1315 W. Grand Parkway, opened December 29
Good Vibes Burgers and Brews, 1329 E. Broadway, opened January 9
Hako Bento, 2802 S. Shepherd, opened late November
Himalayan Taj, 1425 Nasa Road, opened December 7
Hummus Bistro, 7910 W. Grand Parkway, opened January 4
JuiceLand, 5103 Bellaire, opened early January
The Juicy Crab, 6501 Highway 6, opened December 28
Kanau Sushi, 2850 Fannin, opened December 18
Lefty's Cheesesteaks, Hoagies and Grill, 1010 Federal, opened January 5
Lupo Pizzeria, 250 Assay, opened early January
Memorial Trail Ice House, 6202 Washington, opened December 12
The Nash, 1111 Rusk, opened January 11
Velvet Taco, 2001 N. Shepherd, opened January 11
Restaurants Reported Closed January 2021:
Bistro 555, 13616 Memorial, will close January 30
Perry & Sons Market & Grille, 12830 Scarsdale, closed early January