— The Houston Chronicle reports that highly-anticipated Rice Village noodle spot Nao Ramen House will make its debut this week. Look forward to casual & affordable bowls of ramen, yakitori skewers, and bao from former Tarakaan chef Rob Frias, all priced under $15. Nao Ramen House is set to open its doors at 11 a.m. on December 1.
— A restaurant employee at George Bush Intercontinental Airport was arrested yesterday after TSA screeners found a loaded gun in his backpack. The man, whose employer has not yet been identified, has since been released on bond and charged with possession of a weapon in a prohibited place.
— After more than 15 years in Houston, Mockingbird Bistro will soon close its doors. According to owner John Sheely, the lease on the restaurant at 1985 Welch is up, and Sheely was unable to establish terms for a new lease with the building’s landlord. As such, Mockingbird Bistro will say farewell by the end of December.
— When Relish Restaurant & Bar made its debut two months ago, the restaurant was only open for lunch. Now, CultureMap reports that Relish has added dinner service, and it’s something to get excited about. “As you can tell, our dinner menu is quite simple. It’s hopefully done well with good ingredients,” owner Aggie D’Agostino tells CultureMap’s Eric Sandler. “Things you want to eat more than once a week. You can come in and get a nice piece of fish one night or a steak frites the next night.”