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River Oaks Italian Restaurant Taverna Closes

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So long to this River Oaks risotteria
Amy McCarthy is a reporter at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

— This week, Dallas-based Italian restaurant Taverna closed the doors to its first Houston outpost. The restaurant, opened in the River Oaks District in 2016, shuttered without warning. No public announcement of the restaurant’s closure was made, and it’s unclear exactly when that happened, but its signage has been removed. [CultureMap]

— Arizona’s Blanco Tacos and Tequila is set to arrive later this year at the Galleria, where it will join Nobu, Fig & Oliver, and the forthcoming Mediterranean eatery Musaafer. Eater previously reported the restaurant’s plans to expand into Houston, and now construction is set to begin this month on the 5,000 square foot space, which will seat about 215 diners indoors and outside on a 1,400 square foot patio. No official opening timeline has been set, but expect for Blanco Tacos and Tequila to open sometime in late 2018. [Houston Business Journal]

— A food truck park could be headed to the Heights. According to Swamplot, developers have proposed this as-yet-unnamed park in the space between Yale Street and Heights Boulevard off 1-10. The park, which has not yet received official approval, could potentially offer parking for 10 different food trucks, along with a green space for dining and lounging. Stay tuned on the progress of this potential project. [Swamplot]