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Chef Hugo Ortega at Xochi

Xochi in Downtown Houston Set to Reopen October 1

Posted: September 24, 2020 at 12:34 pm   /   News, Restaurant Openings

Back in mid-March when Texas governor Greg Abbott ordered restaurant dining rooms to close, the husband-and-wife team of chef Hugo Ortega and restaurateur Tracy Vaught chose to temporarily shutter their Oaxacan restaurant, Xochi. With restaurants now allowed to have up to 75% guest occupancy, Xochi — located on the first floor of the Marriott Marquis […]

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flooding in Houston at Shepherd and Memorial

Houston Restaurants Closed Today Due to Tropical Depression Beta

Posted: September 22, 2020 at 1:35 pm   /   Breaking News, News

In a progression that evokes memories of tropical storm Allison, tropical storm Beta (now downgraded to a depression) is moving slowly, flooding some parts of Buffalo Bayou and areas south of Houston. Up to now, the hardest hit areas have been in south Houston (and communities south of Houston), but one prediction is that rain […]

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Robot Noodle

Build-Your-Own Bowl Restaurant Emerges in Former Blackbird Izakaya in the Heights

Posted: September 21, 2020 at 10:49 am   /   News, Restaurant Openings

Houston restaurant group Delicious Concepts, owned by Ken Bridge, has repurposed the space that housed recently shuttered Blackbird Izakaya (and, prior to that, Republic Diner + Soju Bar and Witchcraft Tavern) with yet another new concept, Robot Noodle. The restaurant is located at 1221 West 11th and opened the day after an Instagram announcement featuring […]

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Texas Restaurants Can Operate At 75% Capacity, Bars To Remain Closed — Updated

Posted: September 17, 2020 at 2:55 pm   /   Breaking News, Coronavirus, News

In a press conference earlier today, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that restaurants, along with retail stores, museums, libraries, gyms, office buildings and factories, can begin operating at 75% occupancy on Monday, September 21. These establishments are currently open at 50% capacity. “That’s a little more aggressive than I would prefer,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester […]

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Brochettes de Crevettes at Bistro 555

Former Bistro Provence Revealed as Freshly Redesigned Bistro 555 in Memorial

Posted: September 11, 2020 at 2:43 pm   /   News, Restaurant Openings

Just a little over a month after closing Bistro Provence at 13616 Memorial, thus concluding a 22-year run, owner Genevieve Guy has unveiled her brand-new restaurant concept in the same location, Bistro 555. The setting has a refreshed and updated look, sporting deep, sky blue walls that nicely set off many paintings of French landscapes, […]

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