This will be the first brick and mortar concept from father and son since their departure from Cordua Restaurants in September 2018. Michael Cordua, a native of Nicaragua, founded the critically acclaimed Churrascos in 1988, introducing Houston to a new wave of Latin cuisine. Son David was born in Houston and graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. David helped to oversee the family's restaurant group concepts, Americas, Churrascos, Artista and Amazon Grill from 2007 to 2018. Churrascos and Amazon Grill on the Go are now operated by Churrascos Restaurant Group.
The Lymbar will join other highly-anticipated concepts at The Ion including Late August from chef partners Chris Williams of Lucille's and Dawn Burrell, a 2020 James Beard Award -winning semifinalist and current Top Chef competitor. The Third ward food truck, STUFF'd Wings, will join the group with its first brick and mortar location and the ever-expanding Common Bond Cafe will open its on-the-go concept at The Ion in Midtown, also.
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, 2565 Amherst, will open its first Texas store May 8. For its grand opening, the ice cream purveyor will unveil a brand new flavor, unique to Rice Village. The Yellow Rose Bourbon Pecan Pie will be a partnership flavor with Houston's Yellow Rose Distilling.
There will also be $1 scoops from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for the May 8 grand opening with extra prizes and surprises throughout the day. On hand will be Houston-based artist Donkeeboy (Alex Roman Jr.) who will be doing an in-person mural. Rice Village residents will also see Van Leeuwen's signature yellow truck popping up through the area ahead of the grand opening.
In fact, Van Leeuwen actually began as a food truck in 2008 in New York City before expanding to grocery stores nationwide and opening retail shops in NYC and Los Angeles. With over 30 dairy and vegan ice cream flavors, the ice cream brand has garnered loyal fans with its high quality ingredients and unique flavors. The Rice Village store is not the only one planned for Houston. Two more will be arriving later this summer at Uptown Park and the Montrose Collective.
Palace Social, 4191 Bellaire Boulevard, is set to open in June 2021. The reincarnation of the Palace Bowling Lanes building, built in 1955, will be an entertainment and dining concept for the new generation and generations to come. Located at the Southside Commons, it has gone through several rounds of fundraising with dozens of local investors interested in bringing a mixed-use destination to their own backyard.
The contemporary rustic interior comes from a partnership between Houston-based Tramonte Design Studio and Gin Design Group with retro-chic branding by creative agency BLKBOX. Palace Social will have eight bowling lanes, an extensive 3,900 square foot arcade, an e-sports lounge, virtual reality games, two multi-sport simulators and a 159-seat open area and restaurant lounge. There will also be three event rooms which can be equipped with oversized flatscreen televisions and karaoke systems.
Tacos A Go Go, 3773 Richmond, will open in the Greenway/Kirby area this summer. This will be the sixth location for the Houston-based taco restaurant which first opened on Houston's main Street, next to the Continental Club, in 2006. Founded by Sharon Haynes, the local taqueria also has chef/owner Maribel Gomez overseeing the menu as the brand expands. Besides the original location on Main, Tacos A Go Go has restaurants in the Heights, Oak Forest, the Downton Tunnels and Cinco Ranch.
Haynes said of the creative changes, " We're calling this location our 'taco lab'—-with the added space and expanded bar, we are excited to try new things." In addition, the flour and corn tortillas will be made in-house daily, the same tortillas Gomez ate growing up, a fact that she believes will make her family proud.
The Greenway location will also offer Smart phone ordering from the tables for easy re-orders and also curbside delivery with designated parking spaces in the free parking garage.
Bayou Seafood and Wings, 10123 Hammerly, opened April 12. This is the second seafood concept for Tony Le and his business partners, who also operate Bayou Seafood and More at 10040 Veterans Memorial . It opened in 2018, according to Spring Branch Management District. The new restaurant offers twice as much space as the original and wings are a major part of the menu, along with the seafood boils and fried dishes.
For families that have a difficult time deciding on a casual restaurant that fulfills everyone's cravings, Seafood Bayou and Wings has a diverse menu. The appetizers are crowd-friendly finger foods such as fried pickles, jalapeno poppers, Chinese eggrolls, boudin eggrolls and chicharrones. To please the whole group the Sampler allows three choices for $13.99. The Bayou Wings come bone-in, boneless or whole wing. While the prices for wings may seem a little pricey, they do come with fries, so that's a bonus. Fries are great for sopping up any extra sauce you don't lick off your fingers. There's a selection of flavors such as Buffalo (original, medium or inferno), Spicy Garlic, Honey BBQ and AZN Kick. There's also dry rub wings like Cajun and Chipotle. The wings are made to order so guests should expect about a 15 minute wait.
Seafood lovers can indulge in po'boys, fried dishes and boils. The seafood boils are available by the pound or guests can opt for the Seafood Bundles. There are Asian dishes like fried rice and lo mein, available with chicken or seafood plus a General Tso's Chicken that comes with Bayou Fried Rice and an eggroll. There are even some Tex-Mex inspired items are on the menu such as quesadillas and a Chipotle Chicken Wrap. If that's still not pleasing a member of your group, there are salads and burgers. There are Family Packs and a kids menu, too.
For beverages, there are soft drinks, flavored green teas, a mango-nada, and boba smoothies.
For the mudbug mommas, the restaurant is offering $4.99 per pound crawfish for Mother's Day only.
Plans for the new hang-out spot include craft cocktails, on-tap beers and a comfortable indoor space in the bungalow with a large, dog-friendly patio and outdoor space. The in-house kitchen will begin with pub fare and then increase its offerings in the future. The 10,000 square foot lot means plenty of parking and also space for food trucks and entertainment.
Ian Frascati, one of the managing partners, has 30 years of experience in building and operating bars from New York City to Texas and managed the construction at Sawyer Ice House. William Daniel, another managing partner, is a native Houstonian and U.S. Navy veteran who is also managing partner at Kindle Interactive where he has been involved in over 250 campaigns for consumers, hospitality groups and non-profit organizations.
Masones Pub & Grill, 24441 Highway 249, opened April 23, according to Community Impact. This is the new location for the pub, restaurant and live music venue which closed its location at 13131 Louetta, March 31, after many years as a local, smoky dive bar. The new Masones is now non-smoking, which will disappoint some and please others—-and their lungs.
The Northpointe location is also serving lunch, dinner and late night nosh. There are happy hour deals, daily drink specials and Tuesday is Pork Chop Night. The live music line up shows College Station's Clayton Gardner taking the stage this Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 8 and Gary Kyle will perform May 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
There's an expansive patio for enjoying one of its signature cocktails like the Ginger Cardamom Martini, a Spicy Paloma or its Cucumber Lemonade with Hendrick's gin. There are a few beers on tap or by the bottle and a small wine list as well.
Mudslingers is a chain coffee company that offers its clients a more independent form of franchising, allowing business owners to be more autonomous after the initial start up costs and mold the operations to their own preferences.
The Grant Road drive-thru is open Monday though Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Sour Cherry Soup makes its yearly revival in the summertime when the Houston heat can be staved off somewhat with a nice, chilled dish. It's made from Gruber's family recipe brought to the United States in the 1900s from Hungary. It's $4.95 a cup or $6.95 for a bowl. It's hot out there — have a bowl.
P.F. Chang's China Bistro, 5251 Westheimer, is planned for an August opening, as reported by the Houston Chronicle. A long-term lease was signed for the 6,135 square-foot space at Galleria Park. This is a relocation for the chain's Highland Village location.