Last week ended with sad news when local baker, Jody Stevens, lost her home in a fire. Thankfully she was not at her home during the fire, but she lost everything inside her home, including the the tools she uses for her cake business, Jodycakes. Various restaurateurs and chefs have created fundraising events and a Give Forward account to raise funds and help Stevens during this difficult time. On Sunday, May 25, during Memorial Day weekend, the public is invited to the big fundraiser at Big Star Bar featuring a silent auction and possibly a dunk tank like the one at Gracie Nguyen's fundraiser last month.
Last week we welcomed two new bars. First is Beer Market Co. which officially opened for lunch and dinner on Monday, May 5. This new beer garden located at 920 Studemont, Suite 900, rotates through 365 different types of beers regularly; pair any brew with a burger, tacos or comforting mac 'n cheese. It's a place to kick back and relax.
The second bar is Red Ox Bar & Grill which opened at 811 Collingsworth. The new establishment will offer craft beers, beef fajitas, burgers and tacos; enjoy a nice cold one inside at the bar or outside on the patio picnic tables while the weather is tolerable.
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After months of reconstruction, MF Sushi is finally back in business. The popular sushi restaurant on Westheimer reopened on Wednesday, May 7, as reported by our very own Mai Pham. She spoke with chef and owner Chris Kinjo who has been working day and night for the past three weeks to redesign the restaurant after the fire in September of last year. "I designed the restaurant and did all the woodwork and framing," Kinjo says. "Fifty percent of everything I did by myself." Welcome back, MF Sushi!
As noted on the Facebook page of Roost, Kevin Naderi's new restaurant Lillo & Ella should be open during the week of May 12. This Heights restaurant will focus on Asian cuisine and will be open for lunch, unlike Naderi's other restaurant, Roost, which is only open for dinner.
Table on Post Oak has been in the soft opening stage for the past few weeks, but the revamped restaurant will officially open on Friday, May 16. Executive chef Manuel Pucha has taken the reins as head chef of his restaurant after serving as chef Philippe Schmit's chef de cuisine at Philippe Restaurant + Lounge. Pucha has created a menu filled with starter options of baked oysters, a tuna carpaccio flatbread and grilled octopus; main entree items range from duck breast with a smoked tea-infused broth to short rib osso bucco with saffron pearl onions, asparagus, fingerling potatoes and carrots. It's an inventive menu that definitely portrays Pucha's talents.
Another Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin-Robbins will open on May 16 at 2808 Highway 6 South near the West Oaks Mall and Energy Corridor. The newest hybrid establishment will have a covered drive-thru (a first for Houston locations). With the approach of hot summer days, Dunkin' Donuts will now offer Arnold Palmer Coolattas along with the regular flavors like OREO® Frozen Coffee and Frozen Caramel Coffee.
While Dunkin' Donuts expands through Houston, the city gears up to welcome a local doughnut shop this summer. Glazed the Doughnut Cafe will open in June, according to Eater Houston. Ose Ohen owns Glazed and tells Eater that he traveled around the world searching for recipes and unique doughnut flavors that would separate himself from the rest of the doughnut shops in Houston. Glazed will serve raised, baked and cake doughnuts in a variety of flavors with a multitude of inventive toppings ranging from Dr Pepper to blueberry. As the name implies, the glazes will make each doughnut unique.
Did we miss any openings or closings? Let us know in the comments section and we will be sure to include them in next week's report.
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