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Burger-chan is back at Click Virtual Food Hall
Beloved Greenway Plaza food court staple Burger-chan, which closed in August, is back with a new ghost kitchen. Burger-chan owners Diane and Willet Feng have partnered with Click Virtual Food Hall to serve up their stacked burgers and tater tots, starting October 5, CultureMap reports. Pairing with Click will allow burger-chan to sell their build-your-own burgers virtually, for pickup or delivery, while the Fengs work on opening a brick-and-mortar on West Alabama, slated for next spring. Their Greenway Plaza location shuttered earlier this summer after offices in the business center were closed to combat the spread of coronavirus.
The Union Kitchen’s original Bellaire location has closed
The longtime location of The Union Kitchen at 4057 Bellaire Boulevard has closed for good. The restaurant, which was founded by Paul Miller in 2010, was known for its weekend brunches and happy hours. Miller founded the restaurant in Bellaire after being inspired by the vibe of the student union at his alma mater, Purdue University, and eventually expanded to six additional outposts throughout Houston. Those six subsequent locations, including in Memorial, Oak Forest, and a newly opened Katy restaurant, remain in business.
Giant Leap takes a small step westward
Giant Leap Coffee, the East End cafe that opened in 2018, now has a sister location in Uptown Park. The new location, at 1135 Uptown Park Boulevard, opened in September, Houstonia reports. “There is almost no third-wave coffee in the area—plenty of Starbucks but no local coffee,” co-owner Logan Beck told the magazine. “Everyone at Uptown keeps telling us how glad they are that we’re finally open.”
In the meantime, the coffee shop’s East End location, at 3302 Canal Street, is temporarily closed while its owners plot a move to larger digs — a 3,200-square-foot space five blocks away at The Plant at Harrisburg. That location is expected to open by the end of this year.