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Guy Fieri will feature several restaurants in Houston in the new installment of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Flavortown Mayor Guy Fieri will be highlighting at least two restaurants in Houston in a new episode of his Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, which airs at 8 p.m. this Friday. Fieri visited Bayou City in April to film for the show. Visit restaurants like Toasted Coconut, Be More Pacific, Traveler’s Table, and Weights + Measures. Now at least two of the restaurants he visited during this trip will be on the show – Weights + Measures and the Greenway Plaza spot Fresco Cafe Italiano will be featured on Friday, September, in an episode called “Cookin ‘From Scratch” aired 3 at 8 p.m. CultureMap also posits that The Original Marini’s Empanada House in the West Chase area, described as “an empanada empire,” aired on a second episode called “Fresh From Flavortown” on Friday at 9 p.m. will.
Fieri last shot for DDD in Houston in 2017. It is not yet known when the other restaurants he visited this spring will be on the show.
“French cowboy” Philippe Schmidt has a new restaurant in the works in Montrose
Philippe Schmidt, the head chef of several French restaurants in Houston, including the now closed Philippe Restaurant + Lounge, Toulouse in River Oaks and the Bistro Moderne in the Hotel Derek, has a new project in the works. Documents filed with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission indicate that the place called Cafe Philippe will be at 1830 West Alabama Street. This is the former location of the Italian restaurant Divino, which closed on July 31st after 20 years in business.
In an email, Schmidt declined to explain the new spot in more detail. No word on an opening timeline just yet, but stay tuned for more details on Eater.
BYO wine restaurant Porta’Vino sold as part of an ambitious expansion plan
Porta’vino, the relatively new bring-your-own wine café from longtime Houston restaurateur Bill Floyd, was sold as part of an ambitious expansion plan. Floyd sold the restaurant, which opened in March 2020 and has been doing business at a steady pace since then, to Woodlands businessman Greg Brenneman, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Brenneman, currently chairman of the private equity firm CCMP Capital, previously served as CEO for Burger King and Quiznos. As part of the sale, Brenneman plans to open several additional Porta’Vino locations in the Houston area. The first at 207 East Shore Drive in The Woodlands opens in January. Locations in Sugar Land and Katy are also planned for the Med Center.