Good Vibes Burgers and Brews, 1329 E. Broadway, opens January 9 in Pearland. The new tiki joint and burger restaurant takes over the spacer formerly occupied by the original King's Biergarten, a move that surprised and disappointed many of the loyal patrons of Hans Sitter's Bavarian bar and restaurant, as we reported here in the Houston Press. While some Pearland residents may be slow to warm up to the new concept, owner and executive chef Eric Nelson is eager to welcome the community to his exciting venture. Nelson has previous experience working for the Ritz Carlton hotel group, Valencia Hotel Group, The RK Group and most recently as executive chef and managing partner at Number 13 in Galveston.
“With our tiki-forward burger concept and being so close to the water, we wanted to create that same freeing feeling of being on vacation paired with a fresh, sustainable concept,” said Nelson. He hopes that Good Vibes provides guests with a feeling of escaping to a beach vacation as the natural light and laid back decor offer a casual and comfortable ambiance for relaxing with a cold drink and a juicy burger or beer-battered fried shrimp.
as we reported here in the Press. The opening was attended by Texans players such as Laremy Tunsil and Brandin Cooks. Watson and Berry also donated individually packaged meals from Lefty’s to COVID-19 frontline workers at Methodist Hospital last week.
“If you want to do something big, you’ve got to do it in Texas,” said Berry, a 36-year-old cancer survivor. “We are the hottest franchise in America, and we are excited to continue our growth in the great city of Houston, which has been tremendously welcoming to the Lefty’s family thus far.”
Lefty’s cheesesteaks are made with USDA Choice ribeye on a soft white hoagie bun, including it original Cheese Steak with grilled onions, white American/Swiss blended cheese and cherry peppers. Berry, who is left-handed, pays tribute to lefties with signature menu items like the Southpaw topped with cheese sauce and crushed Hot Cheetos. Other signature sandwiches include the Italian Stallion with pizza sauce, mozzarella and pepperoni and The Winfrey with seasoned shaved chicken.
Lefty’s plans to open 150 stores in Texas and 1,000 stores nationwide. A third Houston location at 5588 North Freeway is slated to open at the end of January 2021.
Bocca Italian Kitchen/Lupo Pizzeria, 250 Assay, are currently in soft opening mode with a grand opening planned for January 15. The new Generation Park concepts come from Justin Turner, the former owner and chef of the Bernie's Burger Bus empire which Turner shuttered in May 2020. Turner is now Director of Culinary Hospitality at Gastropub Productions and helping to create new dining concepts for Redemption Square at Generation Park, a massive commercial development at Lake Houston. The new restaurants take over the space formerly occupied by Wholesome Kitchen and Wholesome Pies.
Bocca Italian Kitchen is an Italian-inspired eatery with "American flair" serving traditional Italian-American dishes such as Chicken Marsala, Chicken Piccata and a Grinder with pepperoni, coppa ham and soppressata. Small plates like Arancini, Tuna Carpaccio and its Chips and Dip ('Nduja spread and crostini) start off the menu which also includes pastas such as Linguine and Clams and Coconut Crab with Spaghetti.
Lupo Pizzeria offers New York-style pies in twelve-inch and fourteen inch sizes or by-the-slice.
For customers, JuiceLand is offering a free fanny pack on grand opening day with purchase of a juice, smoothie or bowl. There will also be a raffle for one lucky duck to win half-off drinks for an entire year.
Besides fresh juices and smoothies, JuiceLand is known for its plant-based food options like the Frijole Roller a vegan seven-layer-dip wrap made with a potato and mushroom picadillo, black bean spread, spinach and vegan sour cream rolled in a spinach tortilla. Even coffee drinks get a superfood boost with the Golden Mylk Coffee Latte made with cold brew coffee, hemp seeds, dates, turmeric, coconut oil, cinnamon and vanilla.
according to CultureMap Houston. The James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef and Houston restaurateur had proposed to Brown, a well-known local public relations professional, a couple of years ago at a birthday party for friend and Houston photographer Julie Soefer. This past Christmas, Shepherd surprised Brown with a gift of his own wedding band under the Christmas tree. The couple hopped a flight to New Orleans and were married at Maison de la Luz with friend and chef Ryan Prewitt officiating. Prewitt is also a James Beard Foundation Award winning chef, having won in 2014 as Best Chef: South. He is also executive chef and partner at Peche in New Orleans where Brown and Shepherd later celebrated their wedding dinner. Prewitt's wife Camille was a witness as was Soefer and husband Chris Vandewater while family and friends watched via Zoom. According to Shepherd, there will be a bigger party once a wedding band for his lovely wife is found.
We wish the couple many years of love and happiness! If anyone has a recipe for success, it's these two.
Georgia James Tavern will incorporate the same sourcing, technique, service and attention to detail that reflects the philosophy of the Underbelly Hospitality team and its leader. Shepherd admits that Georgia James is not a restaurant where most people can go on a daily or even weekly basis. Shepherd says, " Georgia James Tavern is designed to be a place where our guests want to, and can, eat every day."
Also on board will be Underbelly Hospitality's pastry director Victoria Dearmond creating a dessert program with simple comfort choices like cheesecake and an apple crumble that pays homage to the apple pie served at Georgia James. Matthew Pridgen, wine director at Underbelly Hospitality, is creating an approachable wine list for Georgia James Tavern while Westin Galleymore, spirits director, will oversee the cocktail program. Expect Galleymore to include some highly sought after whiskeys on the tightly curated list.
All of this action will take place in a space designed with a touch of Old Hollywood glamor with vintage wall sconces, tufted leather banquettes and marbleized silk drapery panels. Handmade Zellige tiles from Morocco will decorate the back bar. The space is being redesigned by NEST Interior Group and its lead designers, Jana Erwin and Audrey Tehauno.
Wild Oats, 2520 Airline, is expected to open at the Houston Farmers Market this summer. The restaurant comes from Nick Fine, currently the culinary director at Underbelly Hospitality. Fine blends experience from his travels cooking abroad with his native Texan roots. The menu at Wild Oats will reflect his culinary point of view with dishes like Shrimp Diablo, Fine's take on shrimp and grits which uses masa as a nod to one of Texas' best loved foods, tamales.
Scoop Craft Creamery, 937 W. Bay Area Boulevard, is hoping to open this month. The artisan ice cream shop comes from Camille and Julian Haynes, a young couple who reside in Clear Lake. The ice creams are made in house and feature fun flavors like Peanut Butter and Jelly and Blueberry Cake Donut. The Sunday Brunch is made with chunks of Belgian waffle, syrup swirls and bacon, a decadent combination considering Camille holds degrees in nutrition. Still, we all need to treat ourselves once in a while to something naughty. For those being nice, there's Beaumont Vanilla made with whole vanilla bean.
The proximity to Baybrook Mall makes it a convenient break for shoppers who can drop in for a scoop, cone or pint to-go. There are ice cream flights, milkshakes, cookies and coffee, too.
The Cannolo, is a twist on an Italian cannoli (or cannolo, to be grammatically correct) and is similar to a pastry horn. It first debuted at Voodoo in 2019. Flavor choices vary and this season, until March 28, customers can try the Elderberry Buttercream, Ginger Snap and Matcha Sesame.
Voodoo Doughnut is opening a second Houston store in Montrose at 1214 Westheimer. A drive by last week saw construction nearing completion. We reached out for a projected opening date and were told "soon".
The restaurant has been giving back to the community with meal donations to hospitals, organizations assisting the homeless and frontline workers, including 200 meals for staff at Houston Methodist most recently.
Customers can order online from Berg Hospitality's OLO site for pick-up or delivery within five miles of the Fairdale location. For delivery from GrubHub, UberEats, Postmates and DoorDash, it's a three mile radius limit.
Hope Farms is a seven-acre farm that is part of the Recipe for Success Foundation, an organization founded by Grace Cavnar to fight childhood obesity and educate young people about incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into their daily meals. It was recently burgled with thieves making off with $40,000 worth of property.
This month, starting off a new year, the taco chain has collaborated with Dawn Burrell, former executive chef at Kulture, James Beard Award nominee for Best Chef Texas 2020 and a U.S. Olympian to create a birria taco. Burrell's Beef Cheek Birria Taco is made with beef birria, adobo, Monterey Jack cheese, red onion, fresh cilantro pickled leaves and sliced radishes. It is available at all five Tacos A Go Go locations on Tuesdays throughout the month of January 2021 with part of the proceeds going to I'll Have What She's Having.
Tacos A Go Go launched the “Taco Tuesday Team-Up” program in August 2020. So far, the company has teamed with local chefs such as Ryan Lachaine of Riel, Monica Pope, Erin Smith of Feges BBQ, Tony Castillo of Mastrantos and also with Sticky's Chicken to create limited time tacos which have helped raise funds for I'll Have What She's Having.