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Chris Shepherd Seeks Out a Permanent Home for One Fifth’s Beloved Mediterranean Dishes

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One FIfth’s spectacular dip assortment could be headed to a permanent home
Julie Soefer for One Fifth
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One Fifth Mediterranean could find a permanent home

With just two days left of service at One Fifth Mediterranean, the third installment in chef Chris Shepherd’s “five restaurants in five years” experiment, it looks like this wildly popular temporary restaurant could find a permanent home. In an Instagram story posted yesterday, Shepherd said that he was “looking for a spot” for One Fifth Mediterranean, giving hope to Houstonians who have seriously fallen in love with the restaurant’s hummus and braised lamb.

A representative for Shepherd confirms that the chef is seriously looking for a spot to open a Mediterranean restaurant, but that he “hasn’t found any legitimate contenders for a space yet.” Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time that Shepherd turned a temporary One Fifth concept into a permanent restaurant — his Montrose steakhouse Georgia James came right after the smash success of Steak, the restaurant’s first iteration.

East End bar Night Shift now has an address

As Eater reported last week, star Houston bartenders Justin Ware and Patrick Abalos have a new bar called Night Shift in the works, and now that bar has an official address. Via Instagram, the duo announced on Monday that they’d signed a lease on a space at 3501 Harrisburg Boulevard in Houston’s East End. No opening date for the bar has been set yet, but it’s currently expected to arrive sometime next year.

Torchy’s Tacos opens in West University

Praise the queso gods: there’s finally a Torchy’s Tacos location in Houston’s West University neighborhood. Per a press release, the restaurant is set to officially open its doors in a space that formerly housed Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant at 5537 Weslayan Street on Wednesday, August 14. It marks the 14th area outpost for the Austin-born taco chain, which has earned a seriously devoted following for its creative tacos and green chile queso.