Guard and Grace, 500 Dallas, is slated to open in fall 2019 at One Allen Center. Troy Guard, executive chef and owner of TAG Restaurant Group, opened the first Guard and Grace Steakhouse in Denver, Colorado in 2014. The modern steakhouse takes a fresh approach to the genre with seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. The prime, certified Angus or grass-fed steaks, are available in different cuts and sizes from 4 ounces to 22. There's also plenty of seafood options, plus some vegetarian choices as well.
The Houston location will be the second for the concept and Guard's first foray into the Texas landscape, already bursting with steak-centric restaurants. It will cover 15,000 square feet of space at Allen Center, with 9,000 of it designated for the main dining area. There will also be a mezzanine for private dining.
As an introduction to the city of Houston, Guard has already done two of his Kitchen Kollabs, including a March event with Chef Drake Leonards of Eunice and an April collaboration with Chris Davies of Uchi. Now, Chef Levi Goode will host a Texas-sized " Meat and Greet" with Guard on May 22 at 6:30 p.m at Goode Co. Armadillo Palace, 5015 Kirby. The ticketed event ($85 per person) includes live cooking demos from both chefs who will be grilling their specialties in the outdoor area. Attendees will get to watch the superstar chefs create their signature dishes. There will also be appetizers, mains and desserts, plus two drink tickets for cocktails, wine and beer. Live music will add to the fun of the backyard blowout.
Kenny and Ziggy's Cakeworks, 8147 Longpoint, has opened as a wholesale bakery from Ziggy Gruber, of Kenny and Ziggy's New York Delicatessen. The demands of the dessert side of the business has outgrown the space at the K&Z locations, so the new bakery will have a permanent staff including Bakery Manager, Marilu Cortina, formerly of Take the Cake. The new space allows for the creation of 30 different cakes, four pies and other specialty desserts that are served at Kenny and Ziggy's, plus other restaurants around town. There's the multi-layered Wolfie's Famous Victory Cake and the OMG Cheesecake, a brownie-based dessert with Snickers, chocolate mousse and whipped cream for starters. The size of the desserts alone demands more space.
In the future, the new bakery may take on the job of producing the cookies and breads for the delis, plus there are ongoing discussions with a New York company to set up a bagel-making operation as well. To try one of the decadent and over-sized treats, Kenny and Ziggy's has two Houston locations at 2327 Post Oak and 5172 Buffalo Speedway. Bring a healthy appetite or a friend.
Cielito Cafe, 1915 Dunlavy, softly opened April 26. The Mexican cafe offers a comfortable, homey decor of dove-gray walls, sea green chairs and even a fireplace. It makes a pleasant spot in which to savor an iced caramel coffee or indulge in a bowl of menudo. Breakfast dishes like cajeta toast and divorciados are on the menu.
Chimac, 10860 FM 1960 W., opened the first week of April. The Korean-American fusion restaurant serves snacks like chicken wings with the option of a dozen different sauces, including KBBQ, Houstalanta and Super Hot. There are also American favorites like Philly cheesesteak, burgers and chicken tenders. There are Korean BBQ bowls as well. Look for interesting art on the walls.
Ching saw a need for a sustainable outdoor space in an area that is rapidly becoming one of the more desirable areas of Houston for new restaurants and bars. Ching said in a press release, " We want this to feel like the biggest backyard in Houston ".
The restaurant serves seafood specialties like ceviche, grilled fish platters, aguachiles, oysters and shrimp dishes. True to its Mexican roots, there are also dishes from its parent restaurant, Los Cucos, like fajitas and tacos, plus the Tejano Corner menu for those who need a Tex-Mex fix. There's an extensive happy hour menu, which should make the golfers at the Heron Lakes Golf Course happy, along with more than 20 televisions for watching sports events.
May 2019 issue of Texas Monthly.
Three Brothers Bakery just celebrated its 70th anniversary and was also chosen as Family Owned Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration Houston District. The Jucker family celebrated at its oldest location, 4036 S. Braeswood, which is also the location that took on 4 1/2 feet of water during Hurricane Harvey, according to the Houston Chronicle. The damage from Harvey followed previous flooding from 2015 and 2016 that plagued the Meyerland area. The damage and losses were great and the family had to make decisions to keep the doors open. Unfortunately, one of those decisions has led to the loss of its Kosher certification, according to its Facebook post. The owners were notified the evening before its 70th anniversary that the Houston Kashruth Association had rescinded its Kosher license, due to the fact that the business remained open during Passover. Because of the losses sustained during Harvey and disaster loans that still needed to be paid, the owners made the financial decision to remain open. In its Facebook post the owners said:
"The Kosher clientele in Houston, Texas, has changed over the years. For 55 years, Three Brothers Bakery was considered Kosher for all, but then a “not Kosher enough” movement came to town, and slowly the bakery lost a large part of the Kosher business. Couple the previous with the fact that many younger people do not keep Kosher. Additionally, since Harvey, many of the Kosher institutions are having to make some tough financial decisions, and the Bakery cannot compete with lower quality, machine-made, and high-volume competitors which are now selected due to cheap pricing. Three Brothers Bakery is a scratch bakery making everything by hand using the best quality ingredients.
We are very sad about this decision. It was a gut-wrenching decision, but we employ sixty-five people and have to think about the mouths they feed. Thank you for your patronage in the past and we hope to see you again in the future - Bobby and Janice Jucker."
Of course, social media is bursting with opinions about the loss of the Kosher certification, with some customers very disappointed, while others are supporting the Juckers unconditionally. For a family whose business began with three brothers who survived the Holocaust, this is a thought-provoking twist.
Besides the Braeswood store, Three Brothers also operates bakeries at 12393 Kingsride and 4606 Washington.
Restaurants we are watching closely:
Trattoria Pizza and Pasta, 10211 Cypresswood, will open soon. The owners told the Houston Press that they are hoping to be ready the last week of May or first week of June.