Crawfish Café will join the new redevelopment of Shepherd Row in the Heights at 1002 N. Shepherd Dr., with an opening slated for early next year. It will be the second location for the Viet-Cajun crawfish restaurant, which operates at 11209 Bellaire Blvd.
The café is known for its flavorful boils, such as garlic butter. Menu items also include shrimp and crab, turkey necks and chicken wings.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Viet-Cajun style food to the Heights,” Zach Wolf of Braun Enterprises said. “Crawfish Café is a local institution and has proven that they are the best in class in the city of Houston.”
The restaurant will be approximately 3,500 square feet, plus a patio. It will be joined by Mayweather Boxing + Fitness, which is opening its first Houston location in the project.
For more information, visit http://www.crawfishcafe.com.
Mutiny Wine Room to debut in Heights
This fall a new wine destination will open in the Heights.
Mutiny Wine Room, 1124 Usener St., is a wine bar that will feature bottles from boutique and small wineries, according to Eater Houston.
The small wineries will produce between 500-5,000 cases of each wine per year.
Owners Emily Trout and her husband Mark Ellenberger also operate the Napa, California winery, Kagan Cellars, creating a Napa tie to Mutiny.
The space has a vineyard barn vibe, which was created by Mark Atkins of MASA Studio Architects, and includes exposed beams, reclaimed wood and an open patio.
Mutiny Wine Room will serve wine as well as a wine-friendly menu and have retail wine available for purchase.
GrindHouse, 5403 N. Shepherd Dr., was closed last week as the space went through a small renovation, giving the counter space and entry a fresh new look.
The coffee house has now reopened.
The Chicken and Rice Guys now open
The rice platters and halal chicken of The Chicken and Rice Guys is now available at 2723 Yale St., but for only six months.
This model serves as a pop-up restaurant that will give the restaurant the opportunity to test the market before signing a long-term lease.
Originally a Boston-based food truck, The Chicken and Rice Guys has expanded to multiple food trucks, restaurants and a catering service.
Houston Restaurants Weeks begins
Houston Restaurants Weeks (HRW) began Thursday and will continue until Sept. 2.
HRW is a month-long fundraiser benefiting the Houston Food Bank that includes specially priced lunches, brunches and dinners from restaurants all over the Greater Houston area. According to the Houston Restaurant Weeks website, participating restaurants make donations directly to the Houston Food Bank depending on how many brunches, lunches and dinners they sell during the event.
Participating restaurants in the area include BCK, 933 Studewood St.; Cavatore Italian Restaurant, 2120 Ella Blvd.; Cyclone Anaya’s, 1710 Durham St.; Ginger and Fork, 4705 Inker St.; Harold’s Restaurant & Tap Room, 350 W. 19th St.; La Lucha, 1801 N. Shepherd Dr.; Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar, 1050 Studewood St.; Maison Pucha Bistro, 1001 Studewood St.; Mastrantos, 927 Studewood St.; Superica, 1801 N. Shepherd Dr.; and The Barking Pig, 2307 Ella Blvd.
La Lucha celebrates White Linen Night
Saturday is White Linen Night in the Heights. To celebrate the end of the night, La Lucha, 1801 N. Shepherd Dr., is offering its Pharmacy Burger for $0.99 from 11 p.m.–2 a.m. The offer is for dine-in only and is limited to one per person.
King’s annual sausage fest
Throughout the month of August, King’s BierHaus, 2044 E. T.C. Jester Blvd., will offer a lineup of specialty sausages with an “All You Can Eat” promotion starting at $9.95, with more than 12 traditional, exotic and plant-based sausages from which to choose.
This year’s choices are traditional sausages, like German bratwurst, hot cheese sausage, Polish sausage and spicy kielbasa.
The exotic selection of sausage includes elk, alligator, wild boar, rabbit and rattlesnake. For plant-based options, King’s will have italian, chipotle and smoked apple sage.