9 Issues You Ought to Know About Houston: Openings, Closings, and Patio Time

Editor’s note: Houston’s restaurant scene is moving pretty quickly. To prevent CultureMap readers from missing out, let’s check out the latest news.

Openings, closings and upcoming attractions

Popular gay bar in Montrose Guava lamp Closed earlier this month, reports Eater Houston. The bar was a staple of nightlife for 22 years, including 17 on Waugh Drive. However, the room does not stay empty for long.

Papi, which calls itself “Montrose’s only Latin American gay club”, will make its debut on Wednesday October 21st in the former Guava Lamp room. Look for themed nights, drag shows, dancing, and more.

Bellaire Food Street added a Korean concept for corn dogs to their list. Two hands Seoul Fresh Corn Dogs serves the rice flour whipped dogs (available as cheese or meat) with toppings like crispy rice, hot Nashville spice, and fried potato cubes. The restaurant’s first location in Houston connects outposts in California and Hawaii as part of its expansion into America.

Yakitori Gunso is now Gunso Japanese cuisine. The restaurant closed its shop and moved to Third Ward’s Blodgett Food Hall, where it functions as the Cloud Kitchen, serving dishes like ramen, takoyaki, karaage, and Japanese curry over rice. Find it on all major third-party delivery apps Wednesday through Monday.

Shake shack has reopened its downtown location at 702 Main St. The restaurant, which opened in June 2019, is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Breakfast concept The roasted egg yolk continues to expand its presence in Houston. The restaurant announced that it has signed leases for two new locations: an outpost in League City (2535 Gulf Freeway South) due to open in December and a Bellaire restaurant (5103 Bellaire Blvd.) due in March 2021 is opened. They will be the company’s 16th and 17th locations in the Houston area.

People in motion

Goodnight Hospitality announced two new hires at Rosie Cannonball, his Mediterranean-inspired Montrose restaurant. Bar manager Sarah Crowl, a 2020 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards nominee for Bartender of the Year, joins Rosie after prestigious stints in Coltivare and Penny Quarter. General Manager Francis Hawley brings experience from Michelin-starred venues like L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Jean-Georges Restaurant.

Other messages and notes

Shaquille O’Neal dined The Union Kitchen’s Memorial on Monday October 19. The NBA Hall of Famer enjoyed fried chicken in the company of Houston police officer Kenneth Miles and a friend who, according to a press release, was identified only as “Scoop”. Owner Paul Miller spoke to Shaq for about an hour.

“We talked a little about the business, but it shone like a Christmas tree when we talked about kids,” Miller said in a statement. “His kids, my kids, and all the work he does with kids.”

Pondicheri has opened its extended terrace. In collaboration with the management of the Arrive mixed-use complex, the Upper Kirby restaurant has claimed parking spaces for a wooden deck adorned with guardrails, umbrellas and plants. Overall, the new terrace expanded the outdoor seating capacity of the restaurant by around 40 seats.

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