In a very Mugatu voice: Wine lists are so hot right now.

Welcome to Monday. Let's start the week by cleaning out the inbox and scouring the Houston food and drink scene; here is your weekly news update.

L'Olivier will close September 8, according to co-owner Mary Clarkson. She and partner Oliver Ciesielski aren't leaving, however; they're rebranding the 240 Westheimer space, calling it Avondale Food & Wine. That is scheduled to open September 13. The night before, it'll present the documentary Grand Cru, which is about French-Canadian winemaker Pascal Marchand.

Avondale promises to be a more relaxed (read: neighborhood) eatery with lots of wine and small plates changing seasonally, a changeup from the more classic French menu at L'Olivier.

Seasonal menus and deep wine lists are all the rage. For more, let's go to the Heights, specifically, 14th and Yale, which will be home to Brian Doke's Savoir, according to a report by CultureMap.

Savoir will be a new American restaurant with seasonal focus, according to the report. Doke promises an interesting collection of wines while partnering with a separate wine shop and bar that'll also be in the building. CultureMap says Savoir is scheduled for a November opening.

Rico's Morning + Noon + Night has closed, according to CultureMap. And according to its Facebook page, it served its last burgers on August 6.

Celebrate victory over the Nazis (in 1944) at Brasserie du Parc.

Brasserie du Parc is celebrating 74 years since the liberation of Paris, marking the day in 1944 when French forces overtook the Nazis, with a party from 5:30-9 p.m. August 25. Expect plenty of wine and cocktails, French bites, and rousing live music. The event is free. 

Two popular haunts in the Houston dining scene are teaming up for a chef collaboration dinner. Uchi and Nobie's are throwing a six-course meal August 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Uchi. Tickets are $100 and include a welcome beverage. Along with the meal, guests will get dessert and takeaways. 

 From August 20-25, Bistro Provence will be rolling out a trial edition of its fall menu. So, while you're longing for cooler temperatures, you can get halfway there with dishes like pork belly and seared scallops; lamb stew; and fish and potatoes, Provence style. The plates are influenced by owner Genevieve Guy's recent trip to France.

Brennan's of Houston was named one of the 40 most important restaurants of the last 40 years, according to Food and Wine. According to the piece, Brennan's "has endured as one of the best Southern restaurants in the country, even after burning down in 2017 [ed. note: they presumably meant 2008] during Hurricane Ike." It joins a list that includes its sister restaurant Commander's Palace in New Orleans, plus obvious New York-area meccas like Daniel, Eleven Madison Park, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns; the French Laundry; and—oh ... another place you can visit today: Shake Shack. 

Congratulations to Reynold Darthard (or Chef Rey, executive team chef for the Rockets) and Lucienne Duforets and Veronica Amaya of Bellefontaine in Houston. They won H-E-B's Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best, a contest between food innovators where the top four finalists get to sell their products in H-E-B stores across Texas. Also, the grand prize winner gets a Toyota Tundra and $25,000. Well then.

Darthard won first place ($20,000); his cheesecake bites (in raspberry, strawberry, chocolate swirl, and sweet potato) will be coming to a store near you. And in second place came the Bellefontaine team of Duforets and Amaya, who make French-style ice cream in flavors like pistachio, rose, and bananas foster. Be on the lookout for Bellefontaine ice cream, too. 

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Brennan’s of Houston

$$$$ Cajun, Creole, Seafood, Southern 3300 Smith St.

Housed in the old Junior League of Houston building on the edge of Midtown where it meets Montrose, this stalwart seafood palace was also the site of Aurora ...

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Bistro Provence

$$$ French 13616 Memorial Dr.

Everything about Bistro Provence will put a smile on your face: the sunny yellow tablecloths, the bright blue napkins, the perfect little bistro tables, the ...


$$$ American/New American 2048 Colquitt St.

Chef Martin Stayer's grandmother was the inspiration for this comfortable restaurant inside a Montrose home, but the food is anything but old fashioned. Try ...

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$$$$ Japanese 904 Westheimer Rd.

The original Uchi in Austin earned chef Tyson Cole a James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest. The Houston location of this Japanese gem resides in the stil...

Brasserie du Parc

$$$ French 1440 Lamar St.

The team behind Étoile Cuisine et Bar takes a casual turn with this Downtown brasserie. Visitors to Discovery Green can stop by the crêpe window, while diner...

Rico’s Morning + Noon + Night

$ American/New American, Hamburgers 401 Gray St.

From breakfast tacos and fresh-squeezed OJ for breakfast to Tex-Mex-inspired burgers and hot dogs at lunch and dinner, Rico's Morning + Noon + Night knows wh...

L'Olivier Restaurant & Bar

$$ French 240 Westheimer Rd.

Unfussy, unstuffy Gallic cuisine is the spécialité de la maison at L'Olivier, where former Tony's executive chef Olivier Ciesielski turns out French favorite...