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Food News: Don't Worry, Be Happy, Because MAD Is Open

Plus, a cidercade is coming to Houston.

By Timothy Malcolm June 19, 2019

Txistorra a la Sidra, just one of the many inventive plates touted at MAD.

Image: Julie Soefer

For fans of BCN: Taste & Tradition, the wait is no more: MAD, the latest concept from Ignacio Torras and Luis Roger—highlighting the cuisine of Madrid, Spain—is open in River Oaks. At 6,000 square feet, the large space is banking on a menu of both inventive small plates and thoroughly intense paellas and whole fish presentations. Add to that the group's trademark gin expertise (via cocktail consultant Jerry Argüelles), and you have a much-anticipated new restaurant. See it for yourself at 4444 Westheimer Rd., #C180. It's open 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, plus late night from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. Lunch to come down the line.

Here comes Radunare Italian-American Table. The restaurant from Dr. Frank Morello, which will utilize family recipes in an all-day menu, is set to open a 120-seat (40 on a patio) restaurant in mid-July at 2520 Research Forest Drive, #500, in The Woodlands.

The Montrose location of Berg Hospitality Group's B.B. Lemon is set to open July 8. 

Like cider? Like arcade games? Bishop Cidercade is coming. The Dallas-based company launched a website, which members of the Houston Architecture Info Forum found, per a local tipster. According to the find, Bishop Cidercade will be opening in a warehouse space called "The Block," set for 2339 Commerce St.

Look for "international cuisine" to show at POST Houston, a 550,000-square-foot mixed-use development that was announced Tuesday by Lovett Commercial. POST Houston will be set at the former Barbara Jordan Post Office at 401 Franklin St. A groundbreaking is scheduled for June 27.

July 1 is Canada Day, which marks the 1867 unification of parts of current-day Ontario and northeastern Canada. On June 30, Riel—owned by Canadian-born Ryan Lachaine—is celebrating by bringing in two chef friends (Mason Hereford of New Orleans' Turkey and the Wolf and Mandel Hitzer of Winnipeg's deer+almond) for an all-day special menu. From poutine to pierogies, and from $1.52 Canadian Club Whisky to Molson, it'll be a hoot.

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