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It Looks Like Chef Hugo Ortega’s Picked a Name for His New Uptown Park Restaurant

Plus, more Space City dining intel

Chef Hugo Ortega in the kitchen. Holly Beretto

Urbe could be en route to Uptown Park

Chef Hugo Ortega’s been tight-lipped about his plans for a new restaurant that will take over the space formerly occupied by Cafe Express in Uptown Park, but now it looks like the much-anticipated spot finally has a name: Urbe. In 2019, an entity connected with Ortega and Tracy Vaught’s H Town Restaurant Group filed for a trademark on the name, which means “city” in Spanish. A representative for Ortega confirmed that Urbe is a “working name,” but that it “could change” as the project progresses.

Local Foods expands to Austin

Now that they’ve earned a fully devoted sandwich following in Houston, Local Foods is headed to Austin this year. According to Eater Austin, the first ATX outpost of Local Foods is expected to open in a two-story space at 454 West Second Street sometime in late summer 2020.

Popular bakery SusieCakes opens a second Houston location

Cali-based sweet shop SusieCakes will open its second Houston location. Per a press release, the outpost at 1711 Dryden Road, inside the Texas Medical Center, will open on Thursday, January 16, bringing a new destination for decadent cupcakes to the area. SusieCakes will be open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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