There will be a weekend brunch with breakfast favorites such as the New England Benedict with lobster, Chilaquiles and Crab and Avocado Toast, plus shareables such as the Bagel Board and Breakfast Pizza.
The Sporting Club will be open daily from 11 a.m to 2 a.m.
Acadian Coast, 2929 Navigation, will open softly next week for friends, family and media. The restaurant will officially open Halloween, October 31, with live entertainment planned. The new restaurant will showcase the culinary evolution of Acadian cuisine, from the original French settlers to Canadian New Brunswick to the migration to the Louisiana Coast. In charge of that culinary travel is chef Jean Philippe Gaston who himself has done a bit of voyaging. Born in Mexico and raised in France, Gaston has traveled throughout Europe, Asia and South America. He is known on the Houston restaurant scene for his stints at places such as Kata Robata and Izakaya, blending French and Asian flavors along the way.
Better Luck Tomorrow, 544 Yale, reopened September 30 and is now serving lunch weekdays beginning at noon and brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The new license allows BLT to operate as a restaurant though it always has had delicious food thanks to James Beard Award winning chef Justin Yu of Theodore Rex. Despite the new license, BLT is keeping the capacity well below 75 percent in the cozy space and is strictly following social distancing guidelines and enforcing the wearing of masks when not seated.
The bar/restaurant has gotten a lot of love from critics and food writers for Yu's cuisine and business partner Bobby Heugel's bar program. Heugel is also the brains behind Anvil Bar and Refuge and The Pastry War. While The Pastry War is temporarily closed, loyal fans can enjoy the bean tamales at Better Luck Tomorrow. BLT has also brought back its Pasta Tuesday, a biweekly (that's every two weeks y'all) special with a different pasta dish each time. It's available from noon to midnight. Check BLT's Facebook page for more details. Also, a food purchase is required in order to indulge in an adult beverage, so be ready to eat and drink.
While BLT is gearing up again, it has to keep its food sales above its liquor sales per TABC guidelines. To quote a character from Raising Arizona, " Government do take a bite, don't she?" In keeping with those terms, BLT is offering some real deals on booze. Drinks and liquors of all types and tastes are half-off Monday through Friday before 5 p.m. It's a day drinking happy hour. The Facebook page says the deal is on everything from the cheapest beer to Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year. And to keep the sales equation between food and drink in keeping with the law, the management has also lowered many of the drink prices. That leaves more money for nosh and tipping really, really well.
The new restaurant, Tonight and Tomorrow, will have chef Jonathan Wicks at the helm creating a menu that caters to the Houston vibe. Dinner dishes include Stuffed Quail served with boudin, braised greens and mustard seed and Gravlax Carpaccio accompanied by house-made lavash. The lunch menu will offer seasonal entrees, salads and sandwiches. There will be indoor and outdoor dining available.
The new restaurant and bar will serve as a cocktail and dining destination for Houstonians, the hotel's guests and the residents of the property itself.
Dan Zimmerman, President of NewForm Real Estate, said in a press release, “La Colombe d’Or Hotel has served as a refined culinary and cocktail destination for guests and locals of the city of Houston for nearly four decades. With hotel renovations nearing completion later this winter, we are excited to bring a new food and beverage program to life that reflects the energy of our neighborhood and our new hospitality experience.”
Hurts Donut, 5801 Memorial, celebrated its grand opening and relocation October 22. It sells over 70 different doughnuts with names such as White and Nerdy, Andes Mint and English Gentleman. Some are plenty over the top for those who lean that way. You can get Fruity Pebbles, Cotton Candy, Maple Bacon or just grab a kolache.
Hurts Donuts was founded in Springfield, Missouri in 2013. The franchise has 20 locations which are independently owned and operated.
Customers can choose from 20 different frostings such as banana cream, cake batter, chai, cream cheese and marshmallow. Topping choices include berries, coconut, caramel sauce, nuts and pretzels. The bakery also sells from-scratch brownies, containers of chocolate chip cookie dough and baby buns, which come in an order of three. There's also hot and cold brewed coffee.
Everything is completely vegan with no dairy, lactose or cholesterol. The marshmallows are gelatin-free.
This location makes the ninth in the Greater Houston area and the first franchise for Kim and Clarke Hayes of H7 EATS-Pearland LLC. The chicken salad chain was founded in 2008 by Stacy Brown in Auburn, Alabama. It now has 175 restaurants in seventeen states. It was acquired By Brentwood, a private equity investment firm, in 2019.
Rosie Cannonball, 1620 Westheimer, has brought in two new managers. Francis Hawley will serve as general manager while Sarah Crowl takes on the role of front of house and bar manager. In a press release, Rosie Cannonball business partner June Rodil said, " It's important to us that Sarah has been so dedicated to the Houston hospitality scene. She knows and understands our community so well. Francis has worked all over the world and he's bringing that knowledge and experience to Rosie. The two of them make our team stronger and more dynamic which, in turn, provides our guests an even better experience."
Hawley, born in Mexico City, was raised in Miami. He studied at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, Colorado and began his front of house career at Zuma in 2012. He has experience managing teams at Michelin-starred restaurants across the globe and has done stints at restaurants such as L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon and Public Kitchen by Jean Georges. He received his BBA in hotel management from Les Roches, Switzerland.
Sarah Crowl is a Houston native who received a liberal arts degree from University of Colorado in Boulder. Her bar career began as office manager at Anvil Bar and Refuge while also bartending at 13 Celsisu. Since then, Crowl has honed her bartending and managing skills at places such as Haven, Uchi, Aqui and Coltivare. Most recently, she served as bar manager at Penny Quarter, creating its first cocktail program.
She also runs a cottage banana bread business, Little Miss Bakewell.
Fix and Fogg, , the New Zealand-based purveyor of gourmet nut butters has collaborated with Goodnight Hospitality and pastry chef Shawn Gawle to create special cookies that will be available at the Montrose store window. Served on a first come, first served basis, the cookie flavors will change each month and are not available for pre-order. October's flavor is almond butter with cashew and maple. For November, it's chocolate almond butter. Customers who want to get a little nuttier can opt to add a drizzle of one of the gourmet nut butters available.
Eighteen36, 2221 W. Alabama, announced that head mixologist Josh Saphier was chosen as one of 12 winners in the Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey " Honor Your Legacy" competition with his cocktail The Stepping Stone.
He has also created a special house-made cinnamon whiskey debuting Halloween weekend. Eighteen36 does not serve Fireball Whiskey due to its ingredients so Saphier has come up with his own version, Houston Hellfire.