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Jonny Rhodes is plotting a new soul food spot
On the heels of Indigo being named one of the country’s best new restaurants, chef Jonny Rhodes has announced plans to open a second restaurant in Houston. No address or official details for the new restaurant have been announced just yet, but per Houstonia, Rhodes already owns the space that he plans to use for the new restaurant, which will focus on “classic soul food.” Expect it to arrive in 2020.
Pizza Motus abruptly departs West U
Almost a year after opening its doors, Pizza Motus has officially shuttered. According to West University Essentials, the restaurant at 6119 Edloe Street announced its closure via a sign on the door that read as follows: “Unfortunately, Pizza Motus is out of business. We would like to thank all of you for the support over this last year. It was beautiful.”
Seaside Lounge debuts in Fourth Ward
A new seafood-focused spot has taken over the restaurant formerly known as South Bank Seafood. According to its Facebook page, Seaside Lounge opened over the weekend in the space at 702 West Dallas Street, and it’s a project of the minds behind Houston eateries Bovine & Barley and The Fish. Expect upscale seafood dishes and steakhouse fare, including raw seafood towers and towering crab cakes.
Make your Houston Restaurant Weeks reservations now
Reservations are officially open for Houston Restaurant Weeks, the annual dining bonanza that raises money for Houston’s food bank. The “first draft” of restaurants and their special Restaurant Weeks menu has been uploaded to the Houston Restaurant Weeks website, and diners can expect for more restaurants to be added throughout the month of July. Houston Restaurant Weeks kick off on August 1.