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B.B. Lemon’s Casual Italian Eats Head to Montrose

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A second outpost of B.B. Lemon is in the works

Earlier this month, Eater reported that restaurateur Benjamin Berg had plans for the Montrose restaurant formerly known as Pax Americana, and now he’s announced that he’ll turn the space into a second outpost of B.B. Lemon. According to the Houston Chronicle, Berg is set to open the cozy Italian eatery at 4319 Montrose Boulevard in a month or so.

Indigo lands on Food & Wine’s Best New Restaurants

Chef Jonny Rhodes’s Indigo has earned even more national attention. According to a press release, the restaurant is one of Food & Wine’s ten best new restaurants of 2019. It’s one of only two restaurants from Texas on the list, joining Austin hotspot Suerte and tony NYC French restaurant Frenchette, among other eateries.

The Rustic heads to a second Houston location

Also in expansion news, Texas country star Pat Green’s backyard patio bar The Rustic has plans to open a second location in Houston. According to the Houston Business Journal, filings with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation indicate that the second outpost will land at 1121 Uptown Park Boulevard. FreeRange Concepts, the restaurant group that operates The Rustic, did not comment on the expansion.

Truth BBQ’s Houston outpost earns two stars

Chron critic Alison Cook has weighed in on Brenham barbecue joint Truth BBQ’s Houston expansion. In a review of the Washington Avenue restaurant, Cook praises pitmaster Leonard Botello IV’s “sumptuous” beef ribs while noting that her experience with the restaurant’s famed brisket has been somewhat uneven. Cook is also a fan of the restaurant’s “well-conceived” sides and its giant slices of carrot and German chocolate cake. Two stars.