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Two Houston Bar Superstars Tease a New Cocktail Destination for the East End

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Expect expertly mixed cocktails when Night Shift hits the East End next year
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Night Shift lands in the East End in 2020

While at New Orleans industry conference Tales of the Cocktail, Johnny’s Gold Brick bartender Justin Ware and Patrick Abalos of NTS Ventures have announced that they’ve got a new bar in the works for the East End. Called Night Shift, more details on the bar are set to come next week, after the duo hosts their first pop-up at San Antonio’s Still Golden Social House on July 29. Stay tuned for more concrete details on Night Shift’s arrival.

Oporto Cafe calls it quits

After 13 years of operating in Houston, Oporto Cafe is closing its doors. According to the Houston Chronicle, owner Rick Di Virgilio has declined to renew the lease on the space at 3833 Richmond Avenue, and will open the restaurant for the final time on Saturday, July 27. Sister spot Oporto Fooding House & Wine will continue to operate normally, and Di Virgilio is currently working on a mysterious new restaurant that’s expected to arrive next year.

Mia’s Table heads to Cypress

Comfort food favorite Mia’s Table will open a third outpost in Cypress. According to a press release, the restaurant will open at a brand new shopping center at the intersection of Highway 290 and Fry Road in Cypress, occupying a 5,373 square foot space that also boasts a 1,000 square foot patio. Tex-Mex chain Fajita Pete’s will join Mia’s Table at the development, which is expected to arrive sometime in early 2020.