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Chris Shepherd’s One Fifth Transforms Into a Classic Italian Red Sauce Joint

Plus, new restaurants slinging gyros and vegan “chickn” are heading to Houston

a dish of deep fried ravioli on a bed of marinara, dusted with cheese and parsley
Toasted ravioli will be on the menu at One Fifth’s newest restaurant takeover.
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One Fifth’s next iteration will be a red sauce Italian restaurant

One Fifth, Chris Shepherd’s multiple-restaurants-in-one concept, will become an American-style Italian joint for its next takeover, starting Saturday, June 26.

One Fifth’s original run — in which the chef explored five different restaurant concepts in five years — ended earlier in 2021. Since then, the restaurant has hosted pop-ups while the chef prepares to open a handful of new eateries elsewhere in Houston. The lastest pop-up will be a red sauce Italian restaurant focused on pastas, pizzas, dishes like chicken parmesan, and more. In addition to using peak-season tomatoes, the One Fifth: Red Sauce Italian will also serve up fresh semolina pasta from BOH Pasta, and pepperoni pizza cooked on One Fifth’s wood-burning stove. And end date for the pop-up has not yet been set.

A vegan fast food joint will bring “chikn” sandwiches to Katy

Project Pollo, a small San Antonio-based chain that serves up soy-based vegan takes on fast food staples, will soon open a location in Katy.

The restaurant, which will open in an old Whataburger spot later this summer, sells dishes like a buffalo chicken sandwich topped with pickled jalapeños, a double Impossible Meat burger topped with vegan cheese, and loaded fries with cashew “queso” sauce, grilled onions, and pico de gallo. Sales of many of the dishes benefit anti-animal cruelty organizations.

Gyro Republic to add more Houston locations

Gyro Republic, the fast-casual Sugar Land restaurant that serves made-from-scratch Halal street food, will open two more locations in the Houston area later this summer.

Those two locations, at 4808 Waterview Town Center Drive near Grand Mission, and at 7549 Southwest Freeway at The Pillars at Houston Baptist University, are just the beginning. A representative for Gyro Republic says the restaurant is eyeing several more locations in neighborhoods like The Heights, Midtown, Montrose, Westchase, and West Houston.

Gyro Republic’s first location opened in Sugar Land in 2019. The restaurant is known for its build-your-own pitas, rice bowls and salads, with ingredients like falafel and halal chicken, beef, and lamb.