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Q Mama Seafood House hits Asiatown this summer

Q Mama Seafood House, a new Asiatown restaurant that’s set to arrive on Bellaire Boulevard this summer, will allow patrons to select their dinner directly from tanks teeming with live crab, mussels, and more. A Facebook page created for the restaurant indicates that it will open its doors at 11810 Bellaire Boulevard on June 13, and its tanks will be stocked with live fish, snails, crabs, mussels, lobsters, and more fruits of the sea that diners can select and have prepared by a team of “master chefs.”

Truth BBQ teams up with Fluff Bake Bar

Buzzy new smoked meat destination Truth BBQ will pop up at Midtown’s Fluff Bake Bar’s Thursday Night Take Over on May 23. Teaming up with pastry chef Rebecca Masson, pitmaster Leo Botello IV will serve up dishes like barbecue-spiked gumbo, brisket biscuits, Oaxacan cheese sausages, and beef cheek tacos. Reservations for Thursday night’s dinner are still available.

Beaver’s chef departs for the new Buffalo Brewing Company

Chef Arash Kharat, known for his smoky dishes at Beaver’s, has taken a new gig as executive chef at the forthcoming Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company. Set to open later this year at Sawyer Yards, Kharat will oversee operations at the 200-seat restaurant, with plans to serve up a menu of “shareable beer-paired items that express the best that Texas has to offer.”