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
The Nash opened in the city center. The restaurant is located in the apartment building The Star (1111 Rusk St.) and is described as a “love letter” to American cuisine, with a menu created by Chef Omar Pereney of the A La Carte Consulting Group. Choices include steaks, salads, seafood, pizza and pasta. Currently open for dinner from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., lunch and brunch will follow in the coming weeks.
French restaurant in the memorial area Bistro 555 will be closed on Saturday, January 30th, after the service. Owner Genevieve Guy wrote in a letter to Facebook that she was moving to Austin with her family. Formerly Bistro Provence, Guy renamed the restaurant in September to serve a more varied selection of French dishes.
Van Leeuwen ice cream will have a location in the. open Montrose collective, a new mixed use currently being built near the intersection of Montrose and Westheimer. The Scoop Shop will join a previously announced location that opens in Rice Village this spring.
Founded in New York in 2008, the company is best known for its vegan flavors, which are made from either cashew or oat milk. The stores offer a total of 32 flavors – a mix of dairy and vegan – as well as four special flavors each month. They are made from milk, cream, eggs and cane sugar (or their vegan equivalents) in the company’s parlance “without scrap”.
“As a small family business, the decision to expand into a new market was a really big deal for us,” said co-founder Ben Van Leeuwen in a statement. “What attracted us to Houston was the unbelievable cultural and culinary diversity and the feeling of progress and growth in the modern age that the city exudes.”
More news and comments
The Rewards Network, a restaurant marketing and loyalty company, signed up for Lucilles as one of five nationwide winners of the Restaurant Resilient $ 50K Giveaway. Recognized for keeping all staff busy during the pandemic and the 1913 Lucille Foundation that feeds needy Houstonians, the restaurant in the Museum District received a check for $ 10,000.
“It is a great honor for us to be recognized by the Rewards Network for the work Lucilles and Lucilles have done since the beginning of the pandemic in 1913. It’s even more great to see a company the size of the Rewards Network stand behind the restaurant community in these uncertain times by providing financial support, ”said Lucille’s Executive Chef and Owner, Chris Williams. “This gift will help us advance Lucille’s 1913 mission – to build a vertically integrated ecosystem that combats food insecurity and waste; Creation of training and employment opportunities in traditionally underserved neighborhoods; and enable communities to find a self-sustaining livelihood through food. “
Bludorn announced a year-long partnership with the Southern Smoke Foundation. Montrose Restaurant will host a variety of dining experiences and special menus designed to raise money for the nonprofit that provides cash to restaurant workers in crisis situations. Special to-go packages for Super Bowl Sunday and a guest chef dinner on March 11th will kick off the event.
“Opening a restaurant during a pandemic really brought a lot of things into focus for me, and one of them is clearly the hospitality workers who continue to suffer from this ongoing crisis,” Chef Aaron Bludorn said in a statement. “We have always admired the way Chris [Shepherd, Southern Smoke’s co-founder] has worked tirelessly for the workers in need and we are honored to work with him this year to raise even more money! “
Pizzitolas BBQ Owner Willie Madden died last weekend, the restaurant announced on Facebook. Madden bought the historic restaurant from Jerry Pizzitola in 2019. It stays open for lunch and dinner.
Upcoming food events
Montrose restaurant Riel celebrates its fourth birthday on Tuesday, January 26th. Chef EJ Miller (The Sporting Club) returns to the kitchen working with Chef Ryan Lachaine on a menu featuring dishes from the restaurant’s history. Reservations recommended.
A fifth celebrates its fourth anniversary on Wednesday, January 27th. Chef-owner Chris Shepherd and chef Matt Staph have created a five-course menu that draws on earlier versions of the restaurant: Mediterranean, Southern Comfort, Romance Languages and Steak. The meal costs US $ 100 per person plus tax and tip.
The Friends of the evergreen are hosting a virtual edition of their annual Hops & Hot Tamales fundraiser on Thursday, January 28th. Enjoy a tamale sampler, tamale azteca, and tres leches from Hugo’s along with drink pairs while sommelier Sean Beck and the restaurant’s chefs have a fun chat about Zoom.
The proceeds will go to the Periwinkle Foundation, which at Texas Children’s Hospital offers programs for children and their families battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Tickets for $ 25 to $ 70 are available online.