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New Owners Give Lee’s Fried Chicken and Donuts A Slightly Different Name

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A Double Donut chicken sandwich at the newly-rechristened Sam’s Fried Chicken and Donuts
Lisa Gochman for Sam’s Fried Chicken and Donuts
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— After being acquired by The Pit Room owner Michael Sambrooks’s restaurant company, Lee’s Fried Chicken and Donuts is getting a slightly different name. Now called Sam’s Fried Chicken and Donuts, the popular Heights destination for breakfast and fried chicken will serve sides like mac and cheese and potato salad from The Pit Room, along with new dishes (think biscuits and gravy and breakfast sandwiches on challah buns) developed by chef Lyle Bento. The new name (and menu) officially debuts on December 14. [EaterWire]

— Chef Elliot Roddy has officially opened Elliot’s Table, a casual new eatery in The Heights. Located at 465 TC Jester Boulevard, the restaurant is now serving comforting dishes like Thai chili pork ribs, shrimp and grits, and 44 Farms steaks inspired by “family meal,” or meals shared by restaurant staff before or after service. Desserts for the restaurant, including chocolate cake and ice cream, are sourced from Houston’s own Jody Cakes. Elliot’s Table is now open for dinner service Wednesday through Friday, and lunch is set to follow in the coming weeks. [EaterWire]

— After the closure of Kitchen 713, chef James Haywood will resurface at Candy Shack Daiquiris on Washington Avenue with a series of brunch pop-ups in 2019. No word yet on what Haywood plans to serve, but it’s possible that the pop-ups could serve as a preview of future dishes for Kitchen 713’s replacement. [Instagram]