Steel City Pops opens its first Houston location this summer. (Photo courtesy Steel City Pops)
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CHERRY PIE TAKEOVER
Bearded restaurant dynamo Lee Ellis’ new restaurant group Cherry Pie Hospitality is debuting with a bang, acquiring two more restaurants to accompany Ellis’ eponymous Lee’s Fried Chicken and Donuts and West Alabama bakery Petite Sweets.
Ellis transforms Bradley Ogden’s Pour Society, stationed at 947 Gessner Road, into Southern restaurant State Fare. With chef Jim Mills at the helm, the concept churns out a Texas-centric menu with dishes like housemade barbecue chips and dill pickle dip, Jimmy’s Texas red beef chili, smoked double-cut pork chop and variations of Ellis’ beloved macaroni and cheese.
Ellis also partners with Anthony Calleo‘s Pi Pizza truck to launch Pi’s first brick-and-mortar location under the CPH umbrella. The new pizzeria features some of the truck’s most famed concoctions — including its beloved Sopressata Rolls — alongside an array of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and desserts. Pi Pizza is slated to open this summer at 181 Heights Boulevard.
FOOD TRUCK TRANSITION
Jason Hill (former partner in Hugs & Donuts) also transitions his Luv Me Tenders food truck into a brick-and-mortar outpost. The chicken tender restaurant takes over Treadsack Restaurant Group’s former Kipper Club Test Kitchen at 4400 North Yale Street.
Alabama-based Steel City Pops brings its all-natural, organic frozen treats to Houston this June with its first location at 420 East 20th Street. The gourmet popsicle brand, which showcases flavors like raspberry lemon, avocado, coffee, vanilla chocolate chip and cherry sour cream, operates 12 locations across Alabama, Kentucky and Texas.
After breaking into the Houston market with a location at 1400 Shepherd Drive, Austin-based wing eatery Pluckers is going for restaurant number two, taking over the shuttered 59 Diner space at 10407 Katy Freeway. The new outpost will serve Pluckers signature wings and homemade sauces.
United Airlines is looking to change the status quo at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, partnering with airline eatery company OTG for a one-of-a-kind terminal upgrade that will outfit the spaces with updated technology and an array of new restaurants from some of the city’s most beloved chefs (the two enterprises recently collaborated on a similar project at Newark Airport). Get the full scoop here.
HAROLD’S TAP ROOM
Harold’s in the Heights unveils its new tap room at 350 W. 19th Street on Thursday, May 19. The Heights eatery transformed its now-shuttered 1,300-square-foot, first-floor market into a shotgun bar complete with a lounge, outdoor patio and an additional 50 seats.
One of River Oaks District’s most anticipated destinations opens on May 30. Austin-based eatery Hopdoddy Burger Bar debuts its collection of burgers, fresh-cut fries, shakes, beer and cocktails alongside a full-bar, in-house bakery and butchery in mere weeks. Expect everything from the chain’s array of burgers, made from Angus beef sourced from humanely raised cows, to truffle and chile con queso fries, salads and indulgent shakes. Find out more here.
The wait is over. David Buehrer (Blacksmith and Greenway Coffee) and Sam Phan’s (Donald’s Donuts) café concept Morningstar is now open at 4721 North Main Street. Everything from gourmet coffee to fresh donuts to myriad breakfast dishes will be at diners’ disposal.