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Beloved Bakery Common Bond Debuts Its Newest Drive-Thru Location

Plus, chef Brandon Silva parts ways with Degust and more Houston dining intel

sugar-dusted croissants at Common Bond
Croissants at Common Bond
Common Bond [Official Photo]

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Degust chef Brandon Silva parts ways with Kirby Group

Just nine months after the opening of highly-anticipated tasting menu restaurant Degust, chef Brandon Silva has parted ways with the group behind the eatery. Silva, who had been with the Kirby Group since 2016, overseeing the food menus at Heights Bier Garten and Holman Draft Hall, had a heavy hand in the opening of Degust, where he created an ambitious and personal menu of Mexican and Spanish cuisine. When Degust opened in January, after more than four years in the works, he spoke about how the restaurant had been a dream for more than 15 years, ever since he first started cooking professionally.

Silva told CultureMap, who first reported the news of his departure, that the split was due to creative differences. Degust will continue with Silva’s sous chefs, Javier Beccera and Rico Mackins, who are expected to launch a new menu in October. No word yet on what’s next for Silva.

Common Bond On The Go now open at MarqE shopping center

Common Bond On The Go, the pandemic-born drive-through version of popular Houston bakery Common Bond, has opened a third location at the MarqE shopping center off Interstate 10 just outside of the loop. The location, at 7680 Katy Freeway and Silber, will be the first to serve the Spring Branch and Memorial neighborhoods, with more locations planned for Eldridge and Memorial City in the next year, according to Common Bond CEO George Joseph. OTG locations already exist in the Heights and Garden Oaks, with at least one more outpost slated to go into Midtown’s new ION Innovation District.

In addition to Common Bond’s signature baked goods, OTG also sells breakfast sandwiches, salads, coffee, and even staples like loaves of bread and canned wine. On the Go is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A new organic, cold-pressed juice bar will open its first location at MKT

Tight Squeeze, a cleverly-named juice bar that focuses on using entirely organic fruits, vegetables and spices, is set to open its debut location at Houston’s MKT development this weekend. The cafe will offer a wide selection of cold-pressed juices, as well as acai bowls, smoothies, and “wellness shots”, and will be located right off the Heights hike-and-bike trail, making it the perfect stop for a refreshment break. Tight Squeeze is set to open Saturday, September 25, at 600 Shepherd Drive, in building 4. It’ll be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.