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Founder Fred Sharifi with Ashkan and Sue Nowamooz in the dining room at the new Rice Village Hungry's.

Image: Julie Soefer

One would think it would be enough for Hungry’s to reopen its original Rice Village restaurant in a modern new space at 2356 Rice Boulevard. But less than a month later, with Thanksgiving around the corner, Hungry's is starting up a new way to benefit the hungry on the streets of Houston. A new fundraiser, aptly named “Heart of Gold,” will run for the entire month of November, and it directly benefits the Houston Food Bank.

In an effort to fight actual hunger, Hungry’s will reinstate its dinner menu from Houston Restaurant Weeks at both its Rice Village and Memorial locations. The effort was announced on October 27—a day commending Hungry’s founder Fred Sharifi and "leaders" Ashkan and Sue Nowamooz for their continued community service in the city—which Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed as “Hungry’s Day.”

"We are grateful for Hungry's commitment to helping our neighbors in need," Brian Greene, Houston Food Bank President and CEO, said in a news release. "Hungry's Heart of Gold is raising awareness around an important issue, bringing the community together and highlighting what Houston does best—being supportive to each other."

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Sizzling beef tenderloin and chicken kebabs, one of the options on the prix-fixe menu.

Image: Julie Soefer

The special menu has something appealing for every palate. The $25 Heart of Gold three-course dinner offers three different choices for each course. Options include a creamy crab cake with jalapeño orzo mac 'n' cheese, citrus salmon with sweet pea organic quinoa and chocolate lava cake à la mode, as well as à la carte soups and salads. Diners can supplement their meals with MacMurray pinot noir or William Hill chardonnay and rest assured that their enjoyment won't be the meal's only benefit—$4 from every Heart of Gold dinner purchased will be donated directly to the Houston Food Bank, providing 12 meals for those in need.

The fundraiser runs from now through the end of November. The Heart of Gold menu itself is only available during dinner hours, 5-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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Hungry's Café & Bistro

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An neighborhood institution, Hungry’s is where Rice Village and Memorial families have come for decades to enjoy Mediterranean-inspired favorites like gyros,...