King’s BierHaus, 2044 E. T.C. Jester, is releasing its holiday menu of comforting dishes. Oma’s Chicken Soup is among the popular winter menu items, along with a few new dishes like Shepherd’s Pie, Vienna Goulash, Bangers & Mash, and the Hungarian Gypsy Stew.
To complement the winter menu items, King’s also is featuring additions to its drink menu, which includes “The Mistletoe Martini,” which is made with vodka, Cointreau, lime, St. Germaine and white cranberry; “Berlin Eggnog,” which is homemade eggnog, cinnamon, nutmeg and King’s whiskey; “Apple Cider Mojito,” which is spiced rum, apple cider, fresh mint and honey crisp apples; and the “Harvest Sangria,” which is chardonnay, honey crisp apples, pears, cranberries, cinnamon and German brandy. On Wednesdays, diners will get a free glass of their housemade Glühwein, which is German mulled wine served warm.
Savoir takes shape
The Leader reported in August that the upcoming restaurant Savoir was coming to the Heights in November at 1344 Yale St. Now, the restaurant is taking shape and beginning to gear up for a later opening date in December.
Owner Brian Doke has been in the restaurant industry for many years. He spent eight years as the director of operations for Tiny Boxwood’s, and after that consulted both Relish Restaurant & Bar and Chapman & Kirby. When he found a warehouse on the corner of Yale and 14th Street, he knew it would be the perfect spot for his restaurant. The space will feature three coordinated sections, the bar, the dining area and what Doke calls the “Garden Room.” The latter will feature a long glass and metal wall that can be opened during nice weather.
Doke has also brought on Micah Rideout, who has worked in various Houston restaurants, as executive chef. According to CultureMap, Rideout was raised in Thailand, which has given him knowledge of a variety of Asian cuisines and European flavors. Other Savoir team members include general manager Evin Haines, events director Abby Majia and wine director William Meznariah.
Lasco Enterprises loses Key
Chef Brandi Key left her position as culinary director for Lasco Enterprises at the end of November, after being with the company only a few months. During her time with the hospitality group, Key worked with The Leader-area restaurants such as Max’s Wine Dive and The Tasting Room, where she tweaked the menus and the staff.
Fajitas coming soon
Fajita Pete’s is coming soon to the Heights at 101 N. Loop W. Fajita Pete’s is a Houston-based Mexican restaurant that offers fresh, made-from-scratch fajitas and a variety of authentic dishes for delivery, pick-up, catering and dine-in. Founder Pete Mora opened his first restaurant in 2002 and soon received catering requests from local companies. Envisioning a better way to fill a growing niche, he closed his 5,000 square feet full-service restaurant to focus on a 1,000 square feet catering and delivery model that soon became Fajita Pete’s.
Saint Arnold’s new release
Saint Arnold Brewing Company is gearing up to release Bishop’s Barrel No. 22. This brew is a honey saison, aged in chardonnay for a year, with peaches, apricots and Brettanomyces. The taste should be similar to a fruity wine with a backbone. It has 8 percent ABV and should be available this week.
Heights tiki bar Lei Low, 6412 N. Main St., is hosting the tiki Christmas pop-up Sippin’ Santa from now until Dec. 30. Sippin’ Santa began in New York City in 2015 as a companion pop-up to Miracle, which brings Christmas and cocktails together in a new way. Expect a nostalgic-themed holiday décor as well as Sippin’ Santa’s cocktail menu, including drinks like the Kris Kringle Colada and the Mele Kalikimaka. Lei Low will be donating 10 percent of sales to Action Against Hunger.