Rebrandings & Retoolings

Well-Regarded Chef Now Has His Own Downtown Houston Restaurant

POSTED: September 15, 2022 AT 3:12 pm   /   Chefs You Should Know, News, Rebrandings & Retoolings

Over the past 15 years, chef José Hernandez has built a storied career in Houston. High points include wowing diners with meticulous, beautiful desserts at Triniti; being the opening chef for La Balance and Radio Milano; and, most recently, overseeing all culinary operations at Hotel Alessandra, including in-hotel restaurant Lucienne. The hotel closed in January […]

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Houston Seafood Restaurant in the Heights Lures Chef with Michelin-Star Pedigree

POSTED: September 14, 2022 AT 12:01 pm   /   Chefs You Should Know, News, Rebrandings & Retoolings

1751 Sea & Bar, the Heights-area seafood restaurant and gin haven in Houston, is welcoming a new executive chef. This follows J.D. Woodward’s post on his Facebook page announcing his departure in June, after three years heading the kitchen. Chef Matthew Young took over the reins in August, just in time to craft a new […]

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Montrose Mexican Restaurant Expands Into Now-Closed Max’s Wine Dive Space

POSTED: September 2, 2022 AT 11:05 am   /   News, Rebrandings & Retoolings, Restaurant Closings, Restaurant Openings

Cuchara, the Mexico City-themed restaurant at 214 Fairview in Montrose, is about to get a lot bigger. Owner Ana Beaven says she and partner Charlie McDaniel have bought out Lasco Enterprises lease of the Max’s Wine Dive next door. According to Beaven, the deal was finalized on Wednesday, August 31.  That, of course, means the […]

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Backstreet Cafe Closed for Repairs Until February 2022

POSTED: January 11, 2022 AT 10:31 am   /   News, Rebrandings & Retoolings, Restaurant Closings

Update: Backstreet Cafe has since reopened. If you’re thinking of heading to Backstreet Cafe for lunch, brunch or dinner, think again — until February, anyway. The restaurant, located in a venerable two-story home built in the 1920s at 1103 South Shepherd, is closed for the month while some much-needed repairs are performed. The restaurant temporarily […]

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