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Carmelo’s is Temporarily Closing (Again) With Plans for a Late Spring Reopening

Posted: January 22, 2019 at 5:40 pm   /   Featured, News, Restaurant Closings

A press release states that Tuesday, January 22 was the last night of service for Carmelo’s Cucina Italiana until probably late in the spring. (The restaurant is closing after lunch on January 23.) Owner Benjamin Berg and executive chef and partner Daniel Berg (no coincidence with the last name; they are brothers) have decided to temporarily […]

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The Houston-Area Restaurants & Bars Helping Federal Workers During the Government Shutdown — Updated

Posted: January 17, 2019 at 9:33 pm   /   Feed The Need, News

So far, there’s still no end in sight for the government shutdown that started on December 22. That means that federal employees have now missed multiple paydays and many are on the edge financially. It’s an especially unfair situation for those who are designated as essential workers and still have to show up for the […]

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Chef-led Organization is Helping Support Federal Workers Without Income

Posted: January 16, 2019 at 11:02 am   /   Featured, News

Friday, January 11 marked the first day that federal employees went without a paycheck since the government shutdown on December 22. In Galveston County, tens of thousands of employees at branches of the IRS, TSA, Johnson Space Center, and the Coast Guard are impacted. To help those employees and their families, one chef is going […]

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Three Significant People to Houston Hospitality Are Battling Serious Illnesses — Updated

Posted: January 11, 2019 at 2:18 pm   /   Featured, Feed The Need, News

“Hospitality” and “hospital” may sound similar, but one is fun and the other is terrible. Unfortunately, two three of Houston’s most dedicated women of hospitality are facing both due to recent cancer diagnoses. Lucia Cordúa (wife of restaurateur Michael Cordúa, mother of chef David Cordúa and a strong presence in all of their business endeavors) is […]

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Is the Out-of-Town Chain Invasion Hurting Independent Houston Restaurants?

Posted: January 10, 2019 at 7:32 pm   /   Editor's Choice, Houston in the Spotlight, News

There’s a saying that “a rising tide lifts all boats.” In the growing, rapidly changing and highly competitive world of Houston restaurants, that’s not always the case. 2018 was yet another year of rampant growth for the Houston dining scene. For food journalists and avid diners trying to keep up with over 100 new, high-profile […]

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