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Anvil reopens with patio, Tongue Cut Sparrow moves in next door
Changes are afoot for two of Bobby Heugel’s most popular bars. Anvil, the drinkery that introduced legions of Houstonians to craft cocktails, will finally reopen after a multi-month hiatus due to the coronavirus, Heugel tells CultureMap. As part of that reopening, Anvil has added a patio for the first time in, transforming three parking spots into outdoor seating to better accommodate social distancing. In addition, Heugel’s ultra-formal cocktail bar, Tongue Cut Sparrow, will be moving from Downtown to the space next to Anvil formerly occupied by Penny Quarter. (Penny Quarter, which was also owned by Heugel, closed in June after less than a year.) The move will allow both bars to operate as restaurants under the new TABC guidelines. Anvil reopened on November 11, while Tongue Cut Sparrow will reopen on November 25.
Good Dog Houston to close in the Montrose
Good Dog Houston, longtime purveyor of fancy hot dogs, is closing up shop in the Montrose, according to Houstonia Magazine. The owners said that challenges of paying rent for the location, at 1312 West Alabama, had become untenable during the COVID-19 pandemic. The restaurant is slated to close on Sunday, November 22. Good Dog’s original location, at 903 Studewood Street, and the food truck, will remain in business.
New Thai and Mediterranean food options land at CityCentre
CityCentre, the west Houston hub for dining and shopping, has added two new food options and reopened a third with a revamped menu. Radio Milano and Milano Bar, inside the Moran Hotel, have reopened with a new menu focused on Mediterranean food and seasonal dishes. New to the dining line-up is Yi Peng Thai Dining, an upscale Northern Thai restaurant. CityCentre has also welcomed the second U.S. location of Bateel, a luxury boutique specializing in gourmet food products.Both Milano and Yi Peng are now open. Bateel is expected to open later this month, just in time for gifting season.
Feges BBQ now ships nationwide
Feges, one of the most-loved barbecue shops in Houston, is now serving up smoked meats nationwide, thanks to UPS. Several of Feges’s signature dishes, including brisket, St. Louis-style pork ribs, and pulled pork, can be shipped almost anywhere in the United States via 2-day air. Items are packaged frozen with storing, thawing and reheating instructions. It’s a slick business move from Feges, which suffered at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic when offices in its Greenway Plaza building were closed due to social distancing measures.