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Goode Company launched fried chicken spot Goode Bird
Houston’s seen an explosion of fried chicken joints lately, and now one of the city’s best-known restaurant families is getting into the yardbird game. Levi Goode, chef and owner of Goode Company Restaurants, launched Goode Bird on July 12, a to-go-only restaurant focusing on Southern-style fried chicken and other made-from-scratch comfort food, according to a press release.
Other dishes include spit-roasted chicken, green chili cornbread, fried okra, beans and rice and Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie. Goode Co is donating 1% of all proceeds from the restaurant to Houston charities. Goode Bird will operate out of Goode Co’s Armadillo Palace on Kirby Drive. Diners can place orders by calling (713) 999-4180 or through the Doordash and Grubhub apps.
Houston-area bar owners protest closures over Covid-19
Two weeks after the Texas Bar & Nightclub Alliance sued the state of Texas over closures intended to slow the spread of coronavirus, a group of Houston-area bar owners gathered in Pasadena to protest the closures, ABC 13 reports. Video shows dozens of business owners socializing on July 12 at Chuters, a Pasadena nightclub, in protest of Governor Greg Abbott’s walkback of his Open Texas plan. The bar has been closed since June 26. Meanwhile, a U.S. District Court has set a hearing for the lawsuit on July 22.
Big Texas Spring dancehall closes after 15 years
A popular country saloon and dance hall in Spring has closed permanently due to the coronavirus, the Houston Chronicle reports. Big Texas Spring, which opened in 2005, frequently hosted regional country acts and weekly dance lessons. In a statement posted to Facebook, owners said the bar was be unable to withstand a second round of closures meant to slow the spread of Covid-19, and was closing its doors for good.