Agnes Cafe Opens Soon, Austin’s Soto Lands in Houston

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Agnes Cafe & Provisions, 2132 Bissonet, will open June 8 for breakfast and lunch with dinner service to come back later within the month. The Mediterranean-inspired idea comes from Molly Voorhees, President of Beck’s Prime and The Chocolate Bar, and longtime buddy, Carolyn Dorros, Govt Vice-President of Wolff Firms. The 2 associates are each graduates of St. John’s College in Houston adopted by Stanford Enterprise College for Voorhees and Harvard Enterprise College for Dorros. Now they’re opening an off-the-cuff, elegant cafe collectively.

Dorros, a passionate residence prepare dinner says that she loves cooking and touring and was lacking a few of the meals she loved in her travels. Her culinary expertise have resulted in a menu influenced closely by the Mediterranean delicacies of nations like Spain, France and Turkey. She and Voorhees felt that the Boulevard Oaks space might use a neighborhood restaurant. Dorros mentioned in a press launch.” With just a few restaurant choices within the space, we needed a relaxed but elegant gathering place, walkable for neighbors to meet up with associates over a unbelievable meal, espresso or a glass of wine.”

Agnes Cafe and Provisions offers goodies to take home.EXPAND

Agnes Cafe and Provisions affords goodies to take residence.

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The two,225-square-foot restaurant could have indoor tables plus a 500-square-foot patio for al fresco eating. There may also be a grocery retail house with hostess items, seize and go objects, baked items, cookies and provisions.

The restaurant was designed by Sean Garrison and Levi Lemaster of Garrison Design Workplace. Company can calm down within the tan leather-based banquettes amid an inside of pure tones, oak desk tops and brass lighting fixtures plus an expansive marble bar. There will probably be counter service for pastries, breakfast and lunch with desk service at dinner.

Travel the Mediterranean by table.EXPAND

Journey the Mediterranean by desk.

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Chef Romulo Hinojosa, previously of Omni Motels in Austin, will probably be answerable for the kitchen. Breakfast and lunch dishes embrace Baklava Granola with Bulgarian yogurt and honey, Freekeh Salad, Black Bean and Beet Burger, and a Breakfast Mezze with nine-minute egg, labneh, hummus, pickled tomatoes, cucumber and flatbread. Taking its affect from the Mediterranean, there may also be Stuffed Turkish Flatbread with a alternative of lamb kofta or spinach and feta. All-day dishes embrace objects like Conservas, tinned anchovies, mussels, clams or tuna served with sourdough bread and butter. As soon as dinner service commences, friends will discover elegant choices reminiscent of gradual roasted carrots and avocado, duck fats potatoes with salsa brava, half roasted hen with turmeric and inexperienced olive French dressing, and filet mignon with herb butter.

Brandon Fetzer will function common supervisor whereas John Mason, at present the wine and beverage supervisor at River Oaks Nation Membership, consulted on the wine checklist. There may also be cocktails just like the rosemary paloma, blood orange mezcal margarita and the tomato martini made with contemporary tomatoes.

Is it the Best burger in the USA? Try for yourself.EXPAND

Is it the Finest burger within the USA? Strive for your self.

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And, if opening a brand new restaurant wasn’t sufficient pleasure for Voorhees, Beck’s Prime was simply declared to have the most effective burger within the USA 2021 by Gayot.

Salmon over Fire is an Insta-worthy shot at Soto.

Salmon over Hearth is an Insta-worthy shot at Soto.

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Soto, 224 Westheimer, opened Might 29. That is the third location of the upscale sushi idea for chef and proprietor Andy Chen. The primary opened in Cedar Park, adopted by the second in Austin.

Chen has been doing sushi for the previous twenty-two years. At Soto, friends have an possibility of doing the omakase ($150 per individual), the premium omakase ($250 per individual), or ordering off the each day specials checklist, Japan Specific, with fish like sakura masu (cherry trout), kinmedai (golden eye snapper) and buri toro (fatty king yellowtail) that’s introduced in from the Tsukiji market in Japan. There’s additionally a full menu of things reminiscent of nigiri, sashimi, makimono rolls, chili hamachi, uni pasta and far more.  A inventive checklist of cocktails, wine and Japanese whiskies plus all kinds of sake imply there’s one thing for each style and each dish.

Soto springs up quietly in Houston.

Soto springs up quietly in Houston.

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The restaurant’s momentary hours for June are Sunday, Wednesday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. As soon as the restaurant will get its workers to full drive, it can open each day and add lunch service just like the Austin areas. It’s already bringing in two new sushi cooks this week.

Blue-lit steps are a new touch at Angel Share HTX.EXPAND

Blue-lit steps are a brand new contact at Angel Share HTX.

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Angel Share HTX, 924 Congress, will open June 11 in the identical spot that beforehand housed OKRA Charity Saloon. OKRA, an acronym for Organized Kollaboration on Restaurant Affairs, was based by trade professionals Bobby Huegel, Miriam Carrillo and Paulie Petronella in 2012. The proceeds from the bar went to varied native non-profits which have been voted upon every month by patrons. In 2020 OKRA went via the curler coaster of mandated bar closings, reopening briefly and doing to-go orders to maintain afloat.

Now, OKRA’s longtime common supervisor, Mary Ellen Angel, will take cost having purchased the bar for $10, according to CultureMap Houston. It can proceed the charitable efforts with a portion of the bar’s proceeds going to native charities. It can start with two winners from OKRA that have been already within the pipeline. As with OKRA, Angel Share HTX may also enable patrons to vote for a brand new non-profit to learn every month.

Mary Ellen Angel continues the mission.EXPAND

Mary Ellen Angel continues the mission.

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A lot of the OKRA inside will keep the identical with some gentle reworking. Husband and spouse group Yolle Lemberger and Kati Ozanic have contributed to its new look with their murals and woodwork. The duo are also referred to as Yakwerks and have helped to construct floats for H-E-B’s Annual Thanksgiving Parade and create surroundings for native theaters and festivals.

Apart from cocktails, wine and craft beers, Angel Share HTX could have a late night time snacks menu created with assist from Dax McAnear of Shoot the Moon.

Alex Smith, Steve Radom and Eric Smith plan an Italian concept for Montrose Collective.EXPAND

Alex Smith, Steve Radom and Eric Smith plan an Italian idea for Montrose Collective.

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Atlas Restaurant Group will probably be opening a yet-to-be-named idea on the Montrose Collective within the 800 block of Westheimer. The Maryland-based restaurant group introduced Ouzo Bay and Loch Bar to Houston over two years in the past. The brand new idea was created particularly for the Montrose Collective, the mixed-use venture from developer Radom Capital, which can be liable for the Heights Mercantile improvement.

Although so far anonymous, the idea will take up 5,500 sq. ft of house in Montrose with a 225-seat Italian restaurant, anticipated to open in Spring 2022.

Atlas is owned by brothers Alex and Eric Smith. The restaurateurs first made their Houston debut with side-by-side ideas Ouzo Bay and Loch Bar in 2019. The success of these two ventures has elevated their dedication to rising their Houston portfolio. Alex Smith says, “Frankly, we love Houston and plan to proceed creating new manufacturers right here beneath the Atlas umbrella wherever it is sensible. And Montrose Collective made absolute excellent sense.”

Native architect Tim Cisneros has been introduced in for the design build-out of the brand new idea. Cisneros will work in tandem with Maryland-based designer Patrick Sutton to create a restaurant that brings handmade pastas, charcuterie and prime steaks to the Montrose neighborhood.

Cafe patios are trending.EXPAND

Cafe patios are trending.

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Badolina, 5555 Morningside, opened June 3 in Rice Village. It comes from the newly shaped restaurant group Sof Hospitality, which additionally operates Doris Metropolitan, an Israeli steakhouse, and the upcoming Hamsa, a contemporary Israeli restaurant.

Sof Hospitality, made up of householders Itai Ben Eli, Sash Kurgan and Itamar Levy, was established because the restaurateurs started to type new manufacturers. Badolina Bakery & Cafe is a spin-off of Doris Metropolitan’s much-praised bread service and customized truffles from associate and government pastry chef Michal Michaeli. Badolina will  showcase her ardour for the craft of baking.

Bread is the delicious staff of life.EXPAND

Bread is the scrumptious workers of life.

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Ben Eli, CEO of Sof Hospitality mentioned, “Badolina is a real reflection of Michal’s abilities. It is grand and unattainable to showcase via only one phase of our restaurant (Doris Metropolitan). We’ve spent a number of time conceptualizing the bakery and its choices. It’s a fruits of the group’s expertise working in eating places from all around the world.”

The brand new bakery will supply freshly baked breads, candy and savory pastries, customized truffles, desserts, and house-ground espresso.

The Raspberry Rose cake is pretty in pink.EXPAND

The Raspberry Rose cake is fairly in pink.

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Michaeli and culinary director Sash Kurgan, additionally a associate, have been testing recipes for greater than a 12 months, getting suggestions from household and associates. The 2 cooks are excited to have the ability to share their distinctive choices and engaging pastries with the neighborhood.

The comfortable, European-style patio within the entrance of the bakery will ultimately be shared with its sister restaurant, Hamsa. There are two designated parking spots in entrance for patrons selecting up truffles, pastries and breads to-go.

Jeni's has seasonal and classic ice cream flavors.EXPAND

Jeni’s has seasonal and traditional ice cream flavors.

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, 801 City and Nation Boulevard, is now open at CITYCENTRE. The 889-square-foot store, designed by 505 Design, overlooks the inexperienced park plaza which frequently hosts neighborhood occasions. That is the second Jeni’s to open in Houston. The primary location opened at 375 W.nineteenth in January 2020.

Jeni’s shouldn’t be solely recognized for its contemporary substances, sourced from family-owned dairies and farms, but additionally it is standing as a Licensed B Company that means it’s acknowledged for its social, environmental and enterprise management. In 2019, it was a finest for the world honoree for being within the high ten p.c of B companies for neighborhood impression.

Whereas which may be essential to those that search to make use of their {dollars} properly, it is the distinctive flavors which have contributed to its recognition. Brown butter almond brittle is a bestseller whereas the dairy-free darkish chocolate truffle offers lactose-intolerant people a scrumptious possibility. Jeni’s has just lately made information with its collaboration taste with everybody’ s favourite nation music queen Dolly Parton and in addition its every part bagel alternative full with onion and garlic.

Its model new cake-inspired flavors embrace its buttercream birthday cake and its wedding ceremony cake, made with buttercream ice cream, sponge cake crumbles and swirls of lemon sauce and sweet-tart blackberry jam.

The Houston Heights location will host a primary day of summer time occasion June 21 with free scoops of ice cream and a few Jeni’s swag. Although we’d argue that Houston’s summer time has already begun.

Boiled or fried, seafood is ideal for a lazy day in Kemah.EXPAND

Boiled or fried, seafood is right for a lazy day in Kemah.

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Joe’s Crab Shack, #7 Kemah Boardwalk, re-opened its Kemah Boardwalk location on Might 28 with the first-ever Joe’s Burger Bar. The brand new informal eating burger idea is positioned under the well-known Landry’s beach-themed seafood restaurant.

Joe’s Crab Shack opened its first restaurant in Houston in 1991 promoting steam pots, fried seafood platters and crab buckets. It has modified palms through the years with chapter proceedings and was reacquired by Landry’s Eating places Inc. in 2017. 

The Kemah location affords an off-the-cuff, upbeat ambiance that appeals to vacationers having fun with the ocean breezes coming off of Galveston Bay. Not everyone seems to be a seafood fan and the addition of Joe’s Burger Bar affords a laid-back, family-friendly place to take pleasure in burgers, sandwiches, scorching canines, salads and extra. Menu objects embrace Joe’s Broiler Burger, Joe’s Canine and a fried hen sandwich. The specialty “Betcha Cannot” burger is a triple-patty burger topped with a fried egg, fried onion rings, lettuce, contemporary tomato and cheese. Guests can cool off from the solar with a tasty milkshake or a chilly beer. Joe’s Burger Bar gives stroll up window service with separate eating areas together with an out of doors patio with stunning views of Kemah.

“We’re thrilled to re-open Joe’s Crab Shack and introduce the primary Joe’s Burger Bar to the Boardwalk,” mentioned Rio Gueli, Sr. VP & COO of Joe’s Crab Shack. “Kemah is the proper spot for prime power, enjoyable eating experiences, and Joe’s seamlessly enhances our present lineup of family-friendly eating places.”

The Whole Blueberry Chiffon Cake is a fluffy taste of heaven.EXPAND

The Complete Blueberry Chiffon Cake is a fluffy style of heaven.

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Paris Baguette, 1400 Blalock, is at present beneath development in Spring Department. The bakery first opened in Korea in 1988 and has areas worldwide. Within the U.S. the corporate is hoping to open its one hundredth location by the tip of 2021 with 1,000 home items deliberate by 2030. Whereas the Spring Department location would be the very first in Houston, the company group is happy to say that it’s the first of many.

The outlets promote a wide range of candy and savory pastries together with croissants, fruit tarts, scorching canine rolls, sandwiches, macarons and donuts. Whereas the pastry is French-inspired, a few of the fillings are extra influenced by Asian flavors reminiscent of matcha cream and pink bean unfold. It is also common for its fairly truffles.

The opening date has not been set however we’re maintaining watch.

Underbelly Burger will open this summer at Houston Farmers Market.EXPAND

Underbelly Burger will open this summer time at Houston Farmers Market.

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Underbelly Burger, 2520 Airline, is slated to open this summer time. The announcement was made Might 28, as we reported here in the Houston Press. The brand new burger idea from Chris Shepherd will probably be positioned at Houston Farmers Market, subsequent to a different upcoming Underbelly Hospitality idea, Wild Oats.

Shepherd’s penchant for domestically sourced substances will even be extra native as the meat for the small restaurant will come from RC Ranch subsequent door in addition to longtime provider, 44 Farms. There will probably be seasonal burgers on the menu and the usual burger will probably be an up to date model of the Stop and Desist Burger at Hay Service provider.

There will probably be sides like its sidewinder fries, crispy on the surface and gentle inside, and Shepherd’s bacon sausage will probably be obtainable for a burger add-on in addition to in scorching canine type. Hen sandwiches may also be on the menu. Victoria Dearmond, pastry director for Underbelly, will create a collection of milkshakes with traditional flavors in addition to seasonal choices reminiscent of peach and strawberry.

The burger spot will solely have twelve seats however there will probably be a pick-up window for patrons who want to take their orders to take pleasure in at one of many outside tables all through the market.

Homestead serves up breakfast and brunch with Southern touches.

Homestead serves up breakfast and brunch with Southern touches.

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Homestead, 600 N. Shepherd, is predicted to open in July. It was initially taking pictures to open at M-Okay-T Heights April 2021, as we reported here in the Press. It can be a part of two different restaurant ideas, Rakkan Ramen, which opened Might 3, adopted by Da Gama Canteen Might 15. Homestead will serve a menu of Southern, Cajun and Tex-Mex favorites.

The restaurant is at present hiring for quite a few positions, together with bartender, server, line prepare dinner, hostess, barback and extra. candidates could apply on-line and inquire about its $500 sign-on bonus.

Stacked Pickle has cheesy burgers for the big game.EXPAND

Stacked Pickle has tacky burgers for the large sport.

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Stacked Pickle, 6944 FM 1960 W., will open June 11. The family-friendly sports bar affords a mixture of burgers, sandwiches, salads and rice bowls together with the munchables individuals anticipate at sports activities bars reminiscent of fried pickles, wings and mac and cheese bites. Its house-made Texas chili may be ordered by the cup or bowl and makes an look on the Texas Stacked Burger as nicely. The collection of burgers additionally features a Past Burger for non-meat eaters and a turkey burger, hen breast or veggie patty may be substituted for the meat on any of the burgers. There is a children menu for wee sports activities followers.

It ticks all of the packing containers for watching televised sports activities with family and friends. There is a full bar, chilly beer and sports memorabilia on the partitions.

Jinya is pleasing vegans with dishes like Agedashi Tofu.EXPAND

Jinya is enjoyable vegans with dishes like Agedashi Tofu.

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Jinya Ramen Bar has added two vegan objects this summer time to its Chef’s Particular Menu. Starting June 1, the ramen restaurant will supply agedashi tofu with fried greens and calmly fried tofu served in a vegan tempura sauce made with vegan dashi, mirin and soy. There’s additionally the brand new Vegan Maze-Males with zero broth however all the flavour. It is a dish of extra-thick noodles with vegan umami sauce topped with sautéed curry cauliflower, soy meat soboro, bamboo shoots, corn, inexperienced and pink onion. It is garnished with sesame seed and shredded nori. The 2 new vegan objects are along with the Flying Vegan Harvest and Spicy Creamy Vegan Ramen and can be found for a restricted time. Value varies by location.

Jinya Ramen was based in 2010 by Tomo Takahashi. There are forty eating places systemwide with extra deliberate for the long run.

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