Houstonia: The absolute worst news of the week comes to us from Robb Walsh, who writes in Houstonia's Gastronaut food blog that the cozy little Olde Towne Kolaches in Memorial has baked its last poppyseed kolache. No word on why the bakery closed, but the original location on 12037 Northwest Freeway remains open.
Eater Houston: In more optimistic news, Eric Sandler reports that a new bar is moving into the old Sophia space in Montrose. And that it may be a bar from the same owners of Fitzgerald's -- a.k.a. Omar Afra and Jagatjit Katial, a.k.a. the same dudes who run Free Press Houston and SummerFest. That wouldn't be one of the baddest bars around or anything...
CultureMap: In even cooler news, CultureMap reports that Whataburger has entered into a partnership with another beloved Texas company: H-E-B. Why? To sell its famous "fancy" ketchup, that's why. And yes, that includes Whataburger's addictive spicy ketchup. The rapture must be imminent.
Examiner: Examiner writer and Italian cuisine connoisseur Mike Ricetti gives Hawthorn a glowing write-up, but not just for chef Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio's food. "Though primarily a restaurant, the very civilized bar at Hawthorn, which has about a dozen plush seats, can make for a nice diversion after work or to start or finish a weekend night-out," he writes. "For the price of a cocktail or two you can experience a bit of extravagance."
L'histoire de sa vie: The title of Nathan Miller's most recent bar review should be pretty self-explanatory: "I went to Capitol Bar so you don't have to." Still, his thoughts on the new Midtown drinkery are worth a read.
Jack Around: Finally, here's Jack Highberger's take on weekend one of the annual Houston International Festival. Check it out if you're planning on going this weekend and want to know what to expect, avoid and look forward to.