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Dallas Export East Hampton Sandwich Co. Departs Montrose

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A buzzy sandwich shop bows out of Montrose

East Hampton Sandwich Company, a Dallas export known for its upscale sandwiches and lobster rolls, has closed its Montrose location. According to CultureMap, the location quietly closed its doors at 907 Westheimer Road after less than a year of being open, but its owners say that a number of its customers are located in Downtown, and they’ll be able to hit the previously-announced outpost of East Hampton at Downtown food hall Understory when it opens sometime this summer.

Houston restaurants will raise funds for a kidnapped journalist

On May 2, Chris Shepherd’s Georgia James, One Fifth Mediterranean, and UB Preserv will participate in a national fundraiser for Austin Tice, a Houston-born journalist who has been held captive in Syria since 2012. According to Houstonia, the event organized by the National Press Club involves more than 50 restaurants across the Untied States and beyond, all of which will donate a portion of proceeds to a fund that will be added to the $1 million reward offered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for “information leading to Tice’s safe return to the U.S.”

Alba Huerta’s cocktail book scores a major nod

Julep: Southern Cocktails Refashioned, the 2018 cocktail book penned by Houston bar maven Alba Huerta, is a finalist in the International Association of Culinary Professionals’s annual cookbook awards. Huerta’s book is one of three finalists in the Wine, Beer or Spirits category. The winners of the IACP Awards will be announced at the organization’s annual conference on May 18.

Nitrogen-frozen ice cream heads to two new Houston locations

California ice cream chain Creamistry has announced that it will open two new Houston-area locations in Cypress and Vintage Park. The new outposts join four currently-open locations of the chain, which freezes its ice cream to order with liquid nitrogen. According to a press release, both are expected to open sometime this summer.