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Alex Atala gets a Houston food tour

Brazilian chef Alex Atala, whose Sao Paolo restaurant D.O.M. has been dubbed one of the world’s 10 best restaurants, got a taste of Houston’s own world-class dining scene over the weekend. Posts to Instagram indicate that the chef dined at Bellaire newcomer Blood Bros BBQ, along with dining at Uchi with chef Paul Qui and Lovett Commercial’s Kirby Liu. Lovett Commercial has plans to develop a new food hall in the former Barbara Jordan Post Office building, called Post HTX, which could mean that Atala and Qui have plans to open concepts inside the development. Time will tell.

Katy-born shaved ice shop will open in Houston

SulBingSu, the Katy dessert destination known for its fully and sweet shaved ice bowls, has plans to open a new location. The shop announced its plans to open an outpost on Bellaire Boulevard in the coming months via Instagram, though no timeline for its arrival or specific address has been announced just yet.

Moody Ice departs the Heights

Also in shaved ice news, Heights kakigori (Japanese shave ice) shop Moody Ice has officially closed its doors. The shop announced on Facebook over the weekend that Monday would be its last day of operations. Previous posts indicate that it would be the “last day at the Heights location,” which could mean that a new outpost is in the works. Stay tuned for more details.