Chef and GM leave La Vista 101
After opening two short months ago, La Vista 101 has already lost its Chef, J.D. Woodward and general manager and sommelier, Jeb Stuart.
Owner Greg Gordon relocated his Briargrove restaurant in May after twenty years of operation in that location, as reported by Houston Food Finder. Wanting to keep the Italian roots in his new concept, Gordon hired Woodward to give a new approach to the cuisine. Currently the menu utilizes pickling, large meat dishes and local produce.
Very little is known about the reasons for the departure of Woodward and Stuart.
Papa Murphy’s at 43rd permanently closed
On Wednesday, August 1 Judy Atkinson-Brown announced in the Oak Forest Facebook page that Papa Murphy’s was permanently closed. The transformer had blown out the day before, causing the loss of all their products. The owners were not going to renew their lease that was up the next month so this closure was premature, but unfortunate because they would have liked a better opportunity to thank the community.
The Classic All Day now open
Houston restaurateur Benjy Levit, owner of Benjy’s and Local Foods, has closed the doors to Benjy’s only to reopen them as an all-day dining concept. From breakfast plates to filling dinners, The Classics All Day will have your favorite options throughout the day. As reported by chron.com, Benjy wanted an eatery that was part old school diner with a variety of food from around the world.
For breakfast stop by and have a Dutch baby pancake topped with fruit, a porridge of almond chia with marcona almonds and fruit, or scrambled eggs with avocado, Hamachi and nori. Lighter options include, small plates, hummus, brussels sprouts and watermelon tossed with goat cheese and walnuts, and poached salmon with Green Goddess dressing and crispy wheat berries. If you’re looking for a heavier option, the menu will have rotisserie chicken with market veggies, and bistro steak with crispy rosemary potatoes and parsley butter. The Classics All Day is located at 5922 Washington.
Excitement on Washington Ave.
Liberty Station has a new operating partner in Chris Cusack, the co-owner of Down House and bar Johnny’s Gold Brick. He’ll be updating the cocktail menu, help improve service, and make other changes to the space, as reported by CultureMap. Liberty Station is located at 2101 Washington.
Saint Arnold’s new offerings now open
Saint Arnold’s new expansion, including a restaurant and beer garden, is now open. According to the Houston Business Journal, executive chef Ryan Savoie is leading the restaurant that will be serving all the favorites from the already existing Beer Hall and new additions. Menu options will include pizza, sandwiches, salads, and more, with a suggested beer pairing for every option.
Operating hours: Sunday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Thursday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. at 2000 Lyons Ave.
Better Luck Tomorrow on acclaimed restaurant list
Bon Appetit selected Better Luck Tomorrow as one of the 50 best new restaurants in the country. This is just the latest honor for BLT, according to CultureMap. BLT has also been selected as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s best new restaurants of 2018 as well as the CultureMap Tastemaker Award for Bar of the Year.
EggHaus Gourmet opening soon
King’s BierHaus owners Hans and Philipp Sitter are gearing up to open their breakfast concept EggHaus Gourmet. According to CultureMap, to develop ideas for the concept Philipp Sitter traveled around the country. Some of what he found were delicious kolaches in the Texas Hill Country and egg sandwiches that were too good looking not to post on social media.
The eggs will be cage-free, jams will be made in-house, and sausages will be preservative-free. Fresh coffee will be served as well as matcha teas for vegan customers. Menu options include the drunken chicken kolache, the scramble sandwich, and the El Jefe breakfast taco.
EggHaus should be opening at the end of August or early September at 2042 E. T.C. Jester Blvd.
Gone for good, Southern Goods
It’s almost been a year since Southern Goods shut its doors after a fire destroyed the place. After months of fighting with the insurance company, and not being able to raise enough money for repairs, chef and owner Lyle Bento had to let go of the lease. He continued talking to the insurance company but was unsuccessful. Now, it’s been officially announced that Southern Goods will not reopen. Bento is currently working with Chris Shepherd’s Underbelly Hospitality, as reported by Eater Houston, where he oversees their catering business.
Burrito bowls for a cause
Almost a year after Hurricane Harvey forced more than 39,000 people from their homes, rebuild efforts are still ongoing. Houston Habitat for Humanity has repaired 113 homes so far and to continue their efforts, Chipotle Mexican Grill is holding a fundraiser. This Wednesday, August 8 fifty percent of all fundraiser sales at every Houston-area Chipotle will go directly to Habitat for Humanity Houston. To participate, mention the fundraiser at the registrar and half of the total bill will go directly to the restoration projects.