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A New Houston Mural Honors Anthony Bourdain

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Bourdain looks over the founder of Burns Original BBQ
Burns Original BBQ [Facebook]
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— About six months after the death of Anthony Bourdain, Houston barbecue favorite Burns Original BBQ is paying tribute to the wandering culinary expert with a brand new mural. Painted by renowned Houston artist Donkeeboy, the mural depicts Bourdain, who visited the restaurant multiple times and showcased it on the Houston episode of his CNN show Parts Unknown, looking over Roy Burns Sr., the founder of Burns Original BBQ and grandfather of current owners Cory and Carl Crawford. [EaterWire]

— Beloved pancake destination Fountain View Cafe has shuttered. The restaurant announced its departure in a Facebook post on after 35 years of slinging breakfast in Houston, and owner Steve Drayer says that business just wasn’t strong enough to justify keeping the cafe open. [CultureMap]

— It looks like classic Houston bar Marquis II won’t be closing its doors after all. Earlier this week, at least a few media outlets reported that the bar was gone for good after a sign posted to the restaurant’s door announced that it would close temporarily to “discuss whether it is realistic to continue operating as a business.” Former general manager Al Jara has purchased the space from its original owner to prevent its closure, and insists that the bar is here to stay. [Chron]