Power Moves

Food News: Adair Downtown Is Now Open ... For Business

Plus, well-known burger concept Buffburger closes two locations.

By Timothy Malcolm January 27, 2020

Adair Downtown is now open at 1000 Louisiana.

Image: Kerry Kirk

Combining meals with coffee, cocktails, and a market experience, Adair Downtown seeks to be a one-stop shop for the everyday business crowd. It's now open at the Wells Fargo Plaza at 1000 Louisiana.

Adair Downtown is the latest move by Adair Concepts, which operates—among others—Adair Kitchen, Bebidas, and Los Tios. The 4,628-square-foot concept is designed in a bistro style. Guests can drop by to pick up prepackaged hot and cold foods, gifts, and gourmet goods, or they can sit down in a wood-paneled dining room and enjoy breakfast and lunch with menus that feature favorites across the Adair Concepts spectrum. Dishes include Adair stalwarts such as the kale and quinoa bowl and Joe's hot chicken, as well as new items like beef tenderloin crostini and avocado chorizo toast. Roberto Ozaeta, director of operations with Adair Concepts, is overseeing the kitchen as executive chef.

Guests can also enjoy morning and afternoon drinks at a coffee bar with subway tiles and quarts countertops, and after-work drinks and martini lunches at a cocktail bar with a 60-foot-long white marble waterfall bar extending to an outdoor patio.

Adair Downtown is open 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Mon–Fri.  

Austin-based fast-casual eatery Tarka Indian Kitchen will open its Upper Kirby location on Jan 29, per an announcement last week. Get masala fries, curries, and more Indian and Indian-inspired foods at 3701 S. Shepherd Dr. It's the third Tarka to open in the Houston area, joining locations in the Heights and in Spring.

Good stuff from Present Company: The vibrant Montrose bar is donating $1 from each cocktail sold in the January to WIRES Wildlife Rescue in Australia, which has been rescuing and rehabilitating animals found in the Australian bushfires. New cocktails this month at Present Company include Arugula Borealis, using 8th Wonder gin, plus a house-made arugula oil, lime juice, simple syrup, chartreuse, celery salt, an arugula leaf, and a Koala that's wrapped around the coupe stem.

BuffBurger has closed its Montrose and Westchase locations. According to owners Sara and Paul "Buff" Burden, per a report from CultureMap, the joint serving up locally sourced burgers is "reevaluating its long-term growth strategy and seeking new partners and opportunities." Its original Spring Branch location remains open. We've reached out to the owners for comment.

Also per CultureMap, Dak & Bop's second location is now open at 1805 W. 18th St., the former La Vista 101/La Vista space. Look obviously for the concept's trademark Korean fried chicken, plus European-inspired fare, per the report. It's open 4 p.m. Tues–Sat; lunch and brunch still to come.

The Chronicle reported last week that Treebeards will open a location sometime around summer at 9655 Katy Freeway in the Memorial Area.

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