Meet UH’s new robotic restaurant server ‘SERVI’
When you think of being served at a restaurant, your server may be a person, but in this case, you could be served by a robot! Derrick Shore caught up with Dr. Dennis Reynolds, Dean of the Conrad N. Hilton College of Global Hospitality leadership at University of Houston, to talk about the newest addition to their hospitality team at Eric’s Restaurant, at the U of H Hilton.
New KFC to open in Alton on Tuesday
A new Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant is opening in Alton on Tuesday, and the first 50 customers will receive a “Free Chicken for a Year” gift card during a giveaway that day, the eatery said in a media release. The grand opening will be held at 10:30 a.m., at 203 W. Main Ave., and will include a Colonel tie ribbon-cutting ceremony. “KBP Brands’ passion for excellence, commitment to people and community-first philosophy is key to our long-term success and continued growth,” said Tonya Mangels, vice president of marketing activation, KBP Brands, in a media release. “We are excited to open another new KFC restaurant in Alton, Texas and also offer a new SMS program to attract and retain customers with ongoing added value.”According to the release, KBP Brands is one of the largest franchisees in North America, operating over 1,000 Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, and Arby’s restaurants across 31 states.myrgv.com
Coming to H-Town: Thirteen Houston executive chef Tobias Dorzon, social media famous chef Matt Price launch new traveling dining experience
Tobias Dorzon, the executive chef for local restaurant Thirteen Houston, has announced his upcoming fine-dining dinner series featuring social media famous chef Chef Matt Price, EVERYBODY EATS, and the second stop is in the Bayou City.
Man eats 52 lumpias in 10 minutes to win second annual lumpia eating contest in Houston, Texas
A Filipino restaurant in Houston, Texas, held its second annual lumpia eating contest during the Independence Day celebrations on July 4. The restaurant Be More Pacific: Filipino Kitchen & Bar hosted the competition with the aim of helping local small businesses recover from the economic impact of the pandemic, reported Click2Houston. In the now-popular contest, seven participants representing different restaurants in Houston competed by consuming as many fried lumpia rolls as they could in under 10 minutes.news.yahoo.com
Dish Society expands Katy location with double indoor, patio seating
HOUSTON – Dish Society customers in Katy can look forward to expanded seating after its Cinco Ranch location moves to a new space less than 500 feet away. In a news release, the original location, opened in 2015 acquired the space formerly occupied by “The Blue Fish” will have more patio space and greenery with families in mind so parents can enjoy the outdoors while their kids play. The space expanded from 2,600 square feet to 4,100 square feet, with the capacity to seat 100 patrons indoors, 20 at the expanded bar, and 80 outside at the patio, which will be open year-round equipped with heaters and fans. Hours and service will remain the same, including to-go orders and curbside pickup, the release said. Dish Society in LaCenterra/Cinco Ranch is located at 2643 Commercial Center Blvd., Suite B350, in Katy.
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This Texas cafe named the ‘best hole-in-the-wall diner’ in the state
Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls has recently been named the “best hole-in-the-wall diner” in Texas. There is a cozy cafe in the Texas Hill Country that is worth the four-hour drive from Houston. Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls, which is about 40 miles northwest of downtown Austin, has recently been named the “best hole-in-the-wall diner” in Texas, according to MSN.com. The classic Texas cafe opened in 1929 and relocated to its current location in 1946. It also includes daily specials on homestyle meals, including smoked chicken, chicken and dumplings, pork ribs and sour cream chicken enchiladas.
SpongeBob SquarePants-inspired restaurant, bar and hotel opening in Houston
(Nickelodeon via AP)HOUSTON – A SpongeBob SquarePants-inspired pop-up restaurant, bar and hotel is coming to Houston. Plethora Houston is anchoring the Rusty Krab Experience at the Hilton Americas-Houston at 1600 Lamar Street. The interactive event is set to feature its own version of the Krusty Krab and Mrs. Puff’s Boating School, dubbed the “Rusty Krab” and “Mrs. AdHere are the safety guidelines at the Rusty Krab Experience:1. Sneezeguards available throughout the restaurant and bar
Chicago bars and restaurants can stay open until 1 a.m., boost capacity to 50%, Lightfoot announces
“We’ve been holding off on that just because we are short staffed for what we would need to function as a restaurant that serves full service inside, even if there is limited capacity,” Kwon said. Does the loss of revenue offset what it would take for us to hire on more staff? And does that put them at risk? Do we shut down for a few weeks if someone got sick with COVID? For us it’s about keeping our staff as safe as we can and to keep everyone employed.”chicagotribune.com
Galveston Restaurant Week launches through Feb. 28
Galveston Restaurant Week is back. Several restaurants are participating in Galveston Restaurant Week. To participate, you simply dine out at one of the many participating restaurants. Two- and Three-course dinners will be priced between $20-$45 and two-course lunches, breakfast and brunches will cost between $10-$20, according to Galveston Restaurant Week. To see the full list of participating restaurants, visit here.
Texas restaurant draws fans with hilarious roadside messages
Texas restaurant draws fans with hilarious roadside messages A small Texas restaurant is gaining a global audience — not for what’s on its menu, but rather the message it sends every day. Janet Shamlian takes a look at El Arroyo in Austin, and the sign outside it that’s drawing admirers and serving up smiles.cbsnews.com
Restaurant equipment from Home Plate Grill & Bar to be sold at online auction
HOUSTON – An auction will be held for items belonging to Home Plate Grill and Bar. The auction, posted on the Texas Restaurant Equipment website announced an early preview of the items Friday and Monday between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m, which included items from the restaurant-bar once located right across Minute Maid Park. Items on the auction include coolers, pots and pans, charbroilers and various other restaurant equipment. Home equipment and electronics such as televisions,Home Plate Grill and Bar permanently closed their doors on Jan. 6, according to the auction’s description. Items available for auction are posted on the TRE Auctions website, with pictures and description included.
Let’s taco-bout the new Torchy’s Tacos locations opening in Houston
HOUSTON – Let your taste buds rejoice because Austin’s-born Torch’s Taco is opening two new restaurants in the Greater Houston area. According to a news release, the taco chain will be opening in the Stafford and Richmond areas later this year. The Stafford location will be located at 11327 Current Lane, according to the release. According to the release, the location in the Richmond area will be located 4818 Waterview Town Center Drive, Suite 500, near Pecan Grove. Torchy’s Taco has been in the Houston area since 2011.
Community shows support for Houston restaurant after it was site of anti-mask protest
HOUSTON – A beloved Garden Oaks restaurant got an outpouring of support Monday after it was ambushed over the weekend by a group protesting the mask ordinance. Video posted to YouTube shows several people carrying Trump flags and American flags marching in front of the restaurant chanting “Boycott Miller’s”. We’ve never taken a political stance here, we sell hamburgers,” said owner Jessica Beer, who now runs her family’s 41-year-old restaurant business. Surveillance video from inside the restaurant shows two members of the group go inside without masks on. Gremillion told them they needed to have a mask on and if they didn’t have one the restaurant could provide one.
Popular Italian restaurant in Webster-area closing after 50 years in business
HOUSTON – Franca’s Real Italian Restaurant in the 1100 block of East NASA Parkway in the Webster area is closing its doors after 50 years, the owner announced on social media Thursday. According to its website, the restaurant opened in 1971 and was the only restaurant in the South Houston area for miles. The restaurant was a family affair for years with the design of the interiors, from murals to sculptures, all done by the patriarch “Papa” Franco. Franca, the youngest daughter, eventually took over the business and is closing it now. The statement reads, “After 50 years of business in the Bay Area and with the changing times, I have made the difficult decision to not reopen Franca’s Real Italian Restaurant and Dinner Theatre.
15 kid entrepreneurs showcase products at pop-up shopping event in Houston
HOUSTON – A local business held an event Saturday to celebrate the entrepreneurship of young Houstonians. Fifteen kid entrepreneurs participated in a pop-up shopping experience at Bar 5015, a lounge at 5015 Almeda. The family-friendly event allowed young people to showcase their talents and develop their entrepreneurial spirit. It also allowed the community to purchase products ranging from clothing lines, artists, authors and food vendors. Here is a list of the local businesses that participated:
Nigerian restaurant Jollof Rice King opens doors on Richmond
HOUSTON – Husband-and-wife team Tiffaney and Avo Owadale finally opened their new restaurant on Richmond Avenue on Oct. 13, bringing Nigerian foods to Houston. According to their website, the chefs at Jollof Rice King strive to perfect the dish with West African flair. Jollof Rice King’s menu has a variety of small rice plates served with plantains and moi moi, a Nigerian bean pudding cake. Co-owner Tiffaney Owadale told Eater Houston she is excited to bring something new to Houston’s dining scene. Jollof Rice King is open for takeout only at 3833 Richmond Avenue.
‘Goodtaste with Tanji’ to feature Houston restaurants, Pappy’s Café and Ritual, on new season
HOUSTON – Supporting local restaurants is a real passion for Tanji Patton of Goodtaste TV. Her television series, “Goodtaste with Tanji,” highlights talented chefs and popular restaurants all over the state of Texas. She’s getting ready for a new season and will feature two popular spots in Houston, Pappy’s Café and Ritual. (Copyright 2020 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.) Josh Cellars Prosecco - $14Josh Cellars Prosecco (Copyright 2020 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)
Get your 'vampire chicken’: Korean fried eats coming to Houston’s Westheimer Road
HOUSTON – A “wildly popular” Korean-style fried chicken restaurant is making its way to Westheimer, Eater Houston reported. BB.Q Chicken, based in Austin, is famous for their spicy items such as Soy-Grilled Chicken, Spicy Spicy Vampire Chicken and Gangnam Style Wings. Other popular menu items include the “Cupbob” which is a bulgogi and short rib bibimbap (beef, rib and rice) bowl, according to their Facebook page. The new BB.Q Chicken location will replace the now-shuttered Texadelphia restaurant at 8383 Westheimer Suite 114, between Fondren and Hillcroft. The chain plans to open more than 55,000 locations across the globe, including the one on Westheimer, according to Eater Houston.
Killens southern comfort food restaurant opens in the Heights
Houston restauranteur Ronnie Killen opened his first Killens concept in the loop Wednesday. Adding to his concept, which includes Killens BBQ, Killens Burgers, Killens Steakhouse, and more, Killens offers a menu of southern comfort food. According to Houston Culture Map, the new restaurants menu includes fried chicken, fried seafood, barbecue plates, and unique items such as fried green tomatoes, smothered pork chops, and chicken and dumplings, and more. The restaurants homey interior was designed to show admiration to Killens grandmother, Millie Simecek, who he says is a major source of his love for food and cooking, according to Houston Culture Map. In compliance with CDC recommendations, Killens is now serving guests for dine-in at 101 Heights Blvd., Houston, Texas.
Crawfish rolls, sticky toffee pudding: Pop-up sandwich shop inside Riel Restaurant in Montrose features gourmet offerings
HOUSTON Houston chef Ryan LaChaine has opened a pop-up shop called Louies inside popular Riel Restaurant in Montrose, Eater Houston reported. The new take-out lunch concept inside the popular Canadian restaurant features classic sandwiches, sliders, salads, sides and dessert, according to Riels Facebook page. Foodies can enjoy a chicken Caprese sandwich, crawfish Rolls, and Canadian favorite poutine. Desserts include sticky toffee pudding and the Nanaimo Bar, made with chocolate, coconut custard and almond. The restaurant made its debut last Thursday, and will take to-go and delivery orders between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
First responders, active-duty members and veterans can score a 67 cent meal at this Houston restaurant
For more than 10 years, Peli Peli has been a Houston-based South African fusion restaurant, serving authentic cuisine, just one step below fine dining. With four locations across the Houston Greater area, the restaurant offers unique flavors inspired by its South African cuisine. For co-owners Thomas Nguyen and Ryan Stewart, Peli Peli was ready to adapt. Related: Peli Peli owner makes Vietnamese dish with his momWithin the last few months, Peli Peli has rebranded and rebuilt its restaurant to Peli Peli South African Kitchen. Giving Back with a delicious mealPart of Peli Peli South African Kitchens DNA is giving back to the community.
SUPPORT LOCAL: Get to know the father-son duo serving up tasty barbecue in Tomball since 2014
HOUSTON If youre looking to support a local business, you should get to know the Cardozo father-and-son duo, owners of barbeque joint Old Tomball BBQ. It was 2013 when, following a 30-year run as a cook at a Houston barbecue restaurant, Fidel Cardozo Sr. decided it was time to embark on a new journey and take a chance in opening his own barbecue eatery. In 2014, the Cardozo family took over the restaurant, however, it took locals nearly a year to get used to the new ownership. Fidel Cardozo Jr. (KPRC)What to orderBrisket, brisket! Cardozo Jr. said. To order some of its barbecue dishes, give them a call at (281) 351-0929.
After challenges, Indigo restaurant decides to reopen for one year but then will close permanently
Detailing the struggle it has been to open and keep Indigo in business, the owners announced in an emotional Instagram post that the restaurant will reopen for one year before permanently closing. It has damaged me in every way imaginable, owner and chef Jonny Rhodes wrote. The restaurant was forced to suddenly close in March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. During the closure, the owners pursued plans to open a fulltime grocery store and farm. Whilst we had plans to work towards a grocery store in the fall, the sudden global pandemic closed our restaurant for public safety concerns.
Taste of Houston: Roots Cafe showcases fresh, delicious food in a unique environment
The interior of Roots Cafe. “Guests can dine like a designer, surrounded by contemporary elegance while indulging in hand-crafted seasonal dishes,” Cedillo said. (Leon Cedillo, owner of Roots Cafe)“The combination of flavors and textures are just mouthwatering,” Cedillo said. (Leon Cedillo, owner of Roots Cafe)“Tex Mex meets Italian and why not,” Cedillo said. (Leon Cedillo, owner of Roots Cafe)Business informationLocation:5120 Woodway Drive, Suite #145, HoustonHours:Mon - Fri: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
After originally opening right before coronavirus, new BYOB Italian restaurant near Memorial Park re-opens
PortaVino is now reopened. The BYOB Italian restaurant initially opened on March 8 but was shuttered just eight days later amid the coronavirus pandemic, Paper City Mag reports. The restaurant is named PortaVino which in Italian translates to bring wine." PortaVino is operating up to 50% seating capacity and offers unlimited patio seating, in compliance with reopening guidelines. It is located at 7800 Washington Avenue, where it splits into Hempstead and Old Katy Road.
Federal judge rules Club Onyx may only operate as restaurant without ‘entertainers’
HOUSTON – A federal judge ruled Friday that Club Onyx Houston can only operate as a restaurant without adult entertainment, even if they were fully clothed, according to court documents. This decision represents the latest legal decision between Trump Inc., the company that operates the club, and the city of Houston. Greg Abbot clarified Tuesday that sexually oriented businesses may only offer restaurant services and prohibited from providing any other services, according to court documents. Since Onyx Houston operates as a “sexually oriented business, they are prohibited from offering both restaurant services and entertaining, even if the entertainers are fully clothed,” U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore wrote in the order Friday. The suit also named — the Houston Police Department, the Houston Fire Department, and unnamed police officers and fire department officers — as co-defendants, according to court documents.
Hedwig Village restaurant opens for dine-in service despite executive orders
HEDWIG VILLAGE – A Hedwig Village restaurant is defying state and county orders by offering a dine-in option. "We're trying to help open the economy, trying to get people back to work in the safest manner possible," said owner Matt Brice. Brice said he had opened the restaurant a few weeks before the orders went into place amid COVID-19. Houston At-Large Council Member Michael Kubosh said. Brice said he is not trying to break any laws and is supported by many Hedwig Village officials.
Score an all you can eat breakfast plate to-go for under $7 at Houstons New Spot Eatery
HOUSTON Creating value is my passion, said Sean Shah, founder and owner of New Spot Eatery located at 12102 Westheimer Road. On any given night, youll find New Spot Eatery filled with customers hanging out and listening to a live local artists. New Spot Eatery located in Houston, Texas (KPRC)However, this once popular hangout spot is now filled with empty chairs and the sounds of phones ringing nonstop for takeout orders. New Spot Eatery has always offered their $6.99 All you can eat breakfast meal but is now adapting to a takeout option. Customers can now choose five breakfast items for that same price.
Pop-up drive-in theater a lifeline for families, restaurant in Spring
SPRING – When the owners of Butler House in Spring transformed the parking lot next door into a drive-in movie theater, they had “no idea” if anyone would show up. “I couldn’t wait to come,” Dan Mitchel said from the bed of his truck, sitting alongside his wife and two daughters. The Frenchaks posted an invitation to the pop-up theater on Facebook, and the response was overwhelming. Butler House will show two movies per night for at least the next week, the Frechaks said. Many who attended the Butler House movie night said they could not remember the last time they visited a drive-theater.
Harris County restaurant defying orders to shut down dine-in service
Texas Borders Bar and Grill located off the Katy Freeway seemed not to be in compliance with Hidalgo’s county-wide order issued on Monday. Per the order, bars and clubs in Harris County should shut down and restaurants are only permitted to offer drive-thru service, delivery and/or curbside pickup options. According to former Texas Borders Bar and Grill employee Tara Marrocelli, the bar was open as usual. According to Garcia, Texas Roadhouse will now operate all 13 Houston locations with curb-side and drive-thru services only. Fort Bend County Judge KP George issued a similar order to the Harris County guidelines on Tuesday evening.