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James Beard-quality cocktails for Downtown
Downtown Houston’s self-described “urban komfort kitchen” Kulture just hired James Beard semifinalist James Haywood as its new bar chef. The co-founder of Kitchen713 is introducing 15 new drinks to the menu, according to a release, many of which are reimagined classics. The Breakfast Klub’s Marcus Davis opened the anticipated restaurant in early 2018.
Self-service booze for Spring Branch Village
After taking a short hiatus from the hospitality world, Kevin Floyd — who helped open 13 restaurants in 11 years, including Underbelly, The Hay Merchant, and Anvil, to name a few — is back on the scene, reports CultureMap. Since shedding his shares in Underbelly Hospitality last year, he’s jumpstarting a new company called STM Hospitality LLC as executive director. Its inaugural restaurant called Shoot the Moon hopes to arrive next spring inside the Spring Branch Village project, letting patrons pour their own beer, wine, and spirits from a tap wall (a recently approved bar model in Texas).
The plan is to expand big time, opening five Shoot the Moon locations in five years. An in-the-works menu from culinary director Dax McAnear, an Underbelly and Hay Merchant alum, will focus on pizzas, bar-friendly apps, and healthy mains. Also part of STM’s team: development director Jonas Herd, who helped open One Fifth Houston, UB Preserv, and Georgia James.
Another week, another break-in
Montrose’s Mexican mainstay Cuchara was broken into again this week — its fourth incident in under a year, reports ABC 13. Luckily, the restaurant doesn’t keep cash there, but vandalization did occur this time around. “A glass side door into the restaurant that’s located on the corner of Taft and Fairview was completely shattered,” co-owner Charlie McDaniel tells the station. According to Houston Police records, the other incidents occurred in January and June, as well as November 2018.