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Burger Joint’s new taco venture now open in The Heights
The Taco Stand, the new drive-thru taco shop from the minds behind The Burger Joint, is officially open. The restaurant, at 2018 North Shepherd Drive in The Heights, opened this morning at 6 a.m., serving breakfast tacos like chorizo and potato, and brisket and egg. The menu also includes dishes like beef tongue, barbacoa and vegeterian tacos with fillings like nopales, poblanos and mushrooms. Also on offer are burritos, quesadillas and taco bowls, as well as agua frescas and canned margaritas to go. The restaurant also includes a spacious patio for dine in. Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 6 a.m. until midnight.
A new beer garden is headed for Washington Avenue
The Kirby Group, who run Pitch 25, Woosters Garden and Heights Bier Garden, have started work on yet another concept, to be located near the intersection of Waugh and Washington Avenue in what is now being dubbed “Buffalo Heights”. Buffalo Heights Bier Garden will be located at 3811 Washington Avenue, reports Culturemap, and will feature both a cocktail bar and 100 taps.
The location will also house Emma Jane Bakery, who provides baked goods to a number of Houston-area restaurants, and a dedicated butcher shop for chef Brandon Silva’s newly-opened restaurant Degust. The beer garden is expected to open in early summer.
Hot Luck Festival announces partnership with Southern Smoke
Hot Luck, the Aaron Franklin-helmed food and music festival, has a announced a new partnership with Houston’s Southern Smoke Foundation, the organization that has provided millions of dollars in financial relief and other services to folks in the food and beverage industry. Even through the 2021 Hot Luck Festival is currently on pause due to the coronavirus, organizers have announced that Southern Smoke will be the event’s future beneficiary, and have plans to seal the deal with an initial donation. Since the start of the pandemic, Southern Smoke has donated more than $4 million to people in the hospitality industry.