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Food News: The New Warehouse 72 Celebrates Grand Opening

Plus, get ready to drink some beers at Memorial Trail Ice House.

By Timothy Malcolm August 19, 2019

The dining room at Warehouse 72.

The Spaghetti Warehouse Downtown was yet another victim of Hurricane HarveyTwo years later, the folks behind the longtime restaurant have opened Warehouse 72, which is celebrating its grand opening this weekend at the Marq'E Entertainment Center at 7620 Katy Fwy, #305. The new restaurant features elevated, modernized Italian favorites by executive chef Jaime Salazar, plus an industrial look with street art by Sebastien "Mr. D 1987" Boileau. Grand opening festivities over the weekend include live music performances and an opportunity to meet Boileau. For more, visit the Warehouse 72 website.

Memorial Trail Ice House is coming. Located at 6202 Washington Ave., a former general store, the more than 10,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor bar and hangout from entrepreneur John Shaeffer is scheduled to open either late this year or early 2020. “We envision Memorial Trail Ice House becoming the social extension of Memorial Park," says Shaeffer. "A community watering hole, located in a historic building with a story nearly as old as the park itself, where friends can come together and escape the hustle and bustle of their daily lives.” Ladies of Libation LLC (Liberty Kitchen, State Fare, Coppa Osteria) has signed on for food and beverage consulting, and already, the ice house has raised $200,000 via crowdfunding investment platform NextSeed.

Chef Youssef Nafaa of Bella Restaurants Group (Mia Bella Trattoria, Andalucia Tapas Restaurant & Bar) will be opening three new concepts. The first of which, coming this fall, is ZOA Moroccan Kitchen, set at 4708 Lillian St. in Rice Military. ZOA Moroccan will be a fast-casual Moroccan street food concept. "I want to share the culinary wonders of the world with my fellow Houstonians," said Nafaa. "I want them to feel like they are eating the food of a certain country, in that country, as the country men and women eat it."

A third location of small chain Juicy Crawfish will open in March 2020 at the Renaissance Center shopping plaza at 6102 Scott St. in South Houston, according to an announcement by developer Williamsburg Enterprises. Juicy Crawfish, which specializes in mudbugs and other seafood shack items, has locations in Southwest Houston and in College Station.

Through August at the Dessert Gallery, if you a buy a cookie specially decorated to honor the organization Undies for Everyone, the store will donate a pair of fresh underwear to the organization. The underwear goes to underprivileged Texans. For more about Undies for Everyone, click here.

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