As the month of May progresses, more restaurants are taking the step forward to reopen their dining rooms.
Postino WineCafe, 642 Yale St., has reopened with its regular hours and full menus for dining in.
Savoir, 1344 Yale St., has reopened its dining room while continuing to-go services. Reservations are recommended during the operation hours of 5-9 p.m.
Slowpokes, 1203 W. 34th St., which closed at the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in Houston, has reopened its Garden Oaks coffee shop for to-go services from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. The shop is offering a “make at home” grab-and-go menu.
Mastrantos, 927 Studewood St., has started up brunch and dinner dine-in services for 12 guests per sitting with reservations only.
Hugs and Donuts, 1901 N. Shepherd Dr., has reopened after temporarily closing operations. Since opening last Friday, the shop has reported selling out quickly. Pre-ordering is an option.
National Barbecue Month collaboration
EggHaus Gourmet, 2042 E. T.C. Jester Blvd., and Blood Bros. BBQ in Bellaire have teamed up for National Barbecue Month to bring new breakfast and lunch options to the Heights shop throughout May.
The new offerings include the Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese, made with Blood Bros. pulled pork, melted gouda, Havarti, cheddar and pickles on sourdough; the Pulled Pork Kolache, made with Blood Bros. pulled pork, pickles and BBQ sauce; and the Brisket Biscuit, made with Blood Bros. brisket and coleslaw on a cheddar chive biscuit with a baby dill pickle on top.
James Beard nomination for Heights design agency
Flywheel Co., 617 W. 19th St., is a Heights design agency that grabbed a James Beard Award nomination for an Outstanding Restaurant Design Award for establishments with 75 seats or less.
According to Houstonia Magazine, the nomination is due to Flywheel’s branding of Louisiana-based restaurant Spoonbill Watering Hole and Restaurant.
Flywheel also had a hand in helping design former Heights restaurants Southern Goods and Presidio.
New ice cream flavor at Jeni’s
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, 375 W. 19th St., recently released a flavor that looks like what the shop describes as the way 2020 feels. The color of the ice cream is a dull gray, but the flavor is its opposite.
The ice cream, called Sunshine, tastes of citrus and tropical fruit, acting as a ray of sunshine through the gray.