Editor’s note: Houston’s restaurant scene is moving pretty quickly. To prevent CultureMap readers from missing out, let’s stop looking for the latest news.
Openings, closings and upcoming attractions
KP’s kitchen Opened quietly last week. Run by Benjy’s veteran Kerry Pauly, the Town & Country Village (700 Town and Country Blvd # 2440) restaurant offers classic American cuisine in a family-friendly, casual setting. The menu includes market vegetables with a champagne vinaigrette, a bacon cheeseburger and baby back ribs. KP’s Kitchen is also BYOB with a $ 5 cork fee; it is open daily from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by a lunch break.
BlendIn Coffee Club has opened its second location in Montrose. Known for its single origin coffee and scientific approach to brewing, the coffee shop is located on the first floor of the former Stages Theater at 3201 Allen Parkway. Weihong Zhang, who founded BlendIn with his wife Xuan Zhou, holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Kansas State University, and he brings a scientist’s approach to roasting all of BlendIn’s beans.
French restaurant in the memorial area Bistro 555 was reopened under a new owner. Brothers Sylvain and David Denis (both formerly from Le Mistral in the Energy Corridor) have teamed up with Cafe Rabelais owners Christophe and Laurence Paul to revitalize the restaurant, which closed in late January. The restaurant serves a range of French classics such as French onion soup, escargots, beef bourguignon and snapper Niçoise. It is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.
A new bar with a focus on sustainability recently opened in the East End. Made with sustainable products like Airlite, a paint that purifies the air around them, and a reverse osmosis water system. White rhinoceros describes itself as a Tulum-inspired terrace bar with an extensive selection of tequila, mezcal and other spirits. General Manager John Stewart (Eloise Nichols, Bludorn) has created a cocktail menu that features classics such as French 75, Brandy Crusta, Jungle Bird and more. It is open daily from 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at 319 Milby Street.
Federal grills The Katy location opened last week. Like his siblings on Shepherd Dr. and at Hedwig Village, the restaurant offers an extensive menu of globally inspired home cooking and an extensive selection of whiskey, including several single barrel selections. All in all, the 9,000 square meter restaurant will seat around 250 people a day.
Berg Hospitality has announced that it will relocate its Italian-American restaurant BB Italy, and that the concept was temporarily closed before moving to its new home. In a press release, owner Ben Berg explains that the current location of the restaurant, formerly Carmelo’s, is simply too big for the culinary requirements of a post-COVID world.
“Due to the pandemic, most offices in the energy corridor are still not fully occupied and companies are not planning any private events,” said Berg. “With BB Italia being the second largest restaurant in our company and having more private function space than any of our other locations, it just wasn’t a viable business plan anymore. I am confident that we will be much more successful in the smaller space we are planning to reopen in. “
The new location of BB Italia will be announced in the coming weeks. Until the reopening, guests will find many of their favorite dishes from the restaurant in the ghost kitchen of the company’s Fair Food Co.
Grill halfway Katy closes after a fire ravages the building. In a Facebook post, the restaurant thanked the fire department for their work. Until repairs are made, Midway will serve a limited menu from its market and deli on 5901 Hwy Blvd. in Katja.
Houston’s food community mourns Marian ‘Mama’ Jue, who died of complications from COVID-19 on Thursday, February 18, reports ABC13. Jue, 80, founded the legendary Chinese-American restaurant China Garden with her husband in 1969.
“My mother was a mother to everyone in Houston,” Marian’s daughter Carol Jue-Churchill told the television station. “Everyone who came here. She loved feeding them.”
David Oglesby, 60, a manager at The Union Kitchen in Katy, died on Friday, February 19, as a result of COVID-19. A GoFundMe was created to help his family pay for his funeral and to help his wife Denise and their children.
“David Oglesby has been a valued employee and also a great friend of the employees and managers,” said Paul Miller, owner of Gr8 Plate Hospitality, in a statement. “I’ve never seen him without a smile on his face. He’s missing.”
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West Sandy Creek Winery has published the wines from the 2020 harvest. Located about 15 miles from Huntsville in the city of Richards, Texas, West Sandy Creek’s five new vintages include: Blanc du Bois, Lenoir, Old World Reserve, 2014 Bounty Land Crossings, and Portejas Blanc. Wine lovers are invited to visit the facility and retreat from Thursday to Sunday. Reservations are required.