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2024 Beard Awards a Near-Shutout for Houston — But One Chef is a Nominee

POSTED: April 3, 2024 AT 11:35 am   /   Breaking News, Chefs You Should Know, News

The 2024 James Beard Chef & Restaurant Nominees were announced the morning of Wednesday, April 3. Despite many Houston chefs and restaurants that made it to the semifinals, only one is a finalist: Emmanuel Chavez of Tatemó. He’s a nominee in the Best Chef Texas category. Tatemó was a 2023 Best New Restaurant nominee in […]

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Elegant Montrose Italian Restaurant Shutters After Less Than a Year

POSTED: March 22, 2024 AT 10:36 am   /   Breaking News, News, Restaurant Closings

There was a lot of momentum for Underbelly Hospitality last year. Despite chef and founder Chris Shepherd’s departure, the group moved forward with closing GJ Tavern, relocating Wild Oats, replacing it with Mexico City-style taqueria Comalito and opening a second Underbelly Burger, all while continuing to operate Georgia James Steakhouse.   The group also opened […]

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Houston Restaurant Owner Says Crawfish Shortage Has Forced Him to Close

POSTED: March 7, 2024 AT 4:33 pm   /   Breaking News, Restaurant Closings

The 2024 crawfish shortage has taken a longstanding, Northwest Houston Viet-Cajun spot as a casualty. On March 3, owner and chef Tony Nguyen — who is also the owner of Xin Chao (nationally known chef Christine Hà formerly partnered with him on that restaurant) — announced on Facebook that he has closed Saigon House 1960 […]

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Enduring Houston Ramen Shop Starts OnlyFans Account As it Weathers a Rough Time

POSTED: January 30, 2024 AT 2:33 pm   /   Breaking News, Ramen, Washington Corridor

Ninja Ramen, located at 4219 Washington Avenue, is known for its unique ramen style, fun environment and what the owner claims is the largest Asian whiskey selection in the country. That’s kept customers coming back for nearly a decade, but right now, the restaurant needs support. On Tuesday, January 30, owner Christopher Huang posted to […]

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These Houston Restaurants & Chefs Are 2024 James Beard Award Semifinalists

POSTED: January 24, 2024 AT 12:54 pm   /   Breaking News, Chefs You Should Know, News

It’s that time of year again when some of the best in Houston’s restaurant industry get really good news from the James Beard Foundation. The 2024 James Beard Award Restaurant & Chef Award Semifinalists list is out, and Houston continues to be well-represented. Some of the nods went to people and businesses that have been […]

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