Houston foodies, brace yourself. James Beard Award winner, Justin Yu, wrote in a blog post that he would be closing the critically acclaimed Oxheart in March. The revelation is rooted with growth – Yu being ready for change and new challenges.
“Oddly enough, the decision wasn’t too hard to make,” the chef tells Culturemap. “I want to be ahead of our own curve. I know regardless of what previous successes we’ve had, we can’t sit here and expect success with the same formula,” he writes. Later, he adds, “Oxheart has changed; and, importantly, I have new goals and challenges I’d like to take on. So, as lucky as we’ve been to have survived more than the first 6 months of opening, I want to make a change.”
Culturemap reports Yu to open a new, still unnamed restaurant next May. Longtime sous chef Jason White will serve as chef de cuisine.
The change will also free time up for Yu to focus on his Heights project at the former Dry Creek, located at 544 Yale St. The project is partnered with Anvil owner Bobby Heugel.
Krab Kingz opens this weekend
Specializing in Southern-style garlic seafood plates, Krab Kingz opens doors at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. The restaurant has a big party planned, and is family friendly with kid activities and bounce houses. Open to all.
Krab Kingz is located in the new, up-and-coming White Oak Bayou Village, at 6600 Antoine Dr.