Just between you and me, I'm not a huge fan of midweek holidays. Sure, a day off is still a day off, but midweek holidays just seem like momentum killers, and I'm not sure that having two "Fridays" offsets having two "Mondays," especially if you end up stuck in a congested parking lot for an hour late in the evening because you wanted to watch fireworks. Also, do you ever feel like fireworks should have evolved more by now? Sorry, I didn't realize I had so many opinions about firework-centric holidays. Here's the news:
- Finn Hall has added two bar concepts to its roster of options coming later this year. St. Jac’s will be a casual spot to grab a beer, a specialty Houston-themed cocktail, or one of the 12 wines on tap. Swallow’s Nest is slated to be a timeless Art Deco cocktail lounge, serving specialty classic cocktails, beer, and wines by the glass and bottle. You’ll find it upstairs in the hall’s mezzanine level, and you will be able to have any of the Hall’s foods brought to you.
- Dunkin’ Donuts will add two more locations to their Houston operations this weekend. Tomorrow at 5 a.m. they open up their new location at 9405 Main Street, and the first 100 guests will get a free coffee for a year coupon book redeemable for one free coffee a week for 52 weeks. On Saturday, their 2002 Yale Street location opens at 10 a.m., and their first 100 guests will also get a free coffee for a year coupon book.
- Karbach has a new event to keep on your radar. The Karbach Family Field Day takes place July 22, and in addition to the food and beer, families can compete in a variety of games with the chance to win an all-expenses-paid family reunion hosted by Karbach at the brewery. Find out more and sign up your family here.
- La Vista 101 has rolled out a new lunch menu, for those of you looking for fresh lunch options in Lazybrook/Timbergrove. New options will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and include a "Lavistadelphia" cheesesteak sandwich, a veggie sandwich and grilled salmon.
- East Hampton Sandwich Co.’s second Houston location opens today for dinner service at 6 p.m. It’s located at 907 Westheimer.
- Urban Eats is planning a Fourth of July Happy Hour from 3 to 10 p.m. They’ll be offering deals on craft cocktails, bottled beer, sliders, frites, and more, and you can watch the fireworks from their rooftop terrace.
- Do you a) like Whole Foods b) hate getting in your car? Houston is one of the first markets where the Amazon is now offering deliveries of goods from Whole Foods for those who use their Prime Now service, available daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- D’Amico’s Italian Market Café recently finished some renovations that added 40 new seats, a new front door, and a new bar. You can see their new look starting July 1.