A new two-level bar and restaurant will be opening at the former Owl Bar space at 2221 W. Alabama St. in Montrose. Named Eighteen36—for the year of Houston’s founding—the concept comes from Jason Schienthal and Jake Stein, both originally from Bayou City.
The ground floor will feature booth, table, and bar seating, and an adjacent patio with outdoor fireplace will likely host live music. Food will come through the brand of Nick Semoudiaris’s Roadster Grill, previously of Bellaire and whose kitchen will be on the second floor of the building. Look for Greek-American cuisine like souvlaki and gyro. The bar’s soft opening date is Jan. 23, while Roadster starts up Jan. 24 with lunch. A grand opening is set for Feb. 7.
The second location of SusieCakes is now open at 1709 Dryden Road, part of a property that includes the soon-to-open Westin Houston Medical Center, plus locations of Antone’s Famous Po’Boys and the Halal Guys. Look for frosting-filled cupcakes, layer cakes, and whoopie pies, all signatures of this Los Angeles-based bakery whose other H-Town location is in Rice Village.
Turkey Leg Hut now has a food truck at the Galleria Food Truck Park. Visit 2829 Chimney Rock Road from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, and from 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday to get those famous stuffed turkey legs.
The Pit Room is now serving breakfast tacos. Go from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on a weekday morning for several varieties, including brisket and egg; jalapeño, cheddar, sausage, and egg; and pulled pork, hash brown, and egg. All come with refried beans and start at $3.50 each.
Sad barbecue news: Buck’s BBQ in Galveston has closed. Pitmaster Jim Buchanan announced over Facebook—in a now-deleted post—that there were too many financial obstacles to keep Buck’s open. He followed that post up with one of his own. This after some recent press in Texas Monthly regarding its brisket grilled cheese.
Chef Richard Knight, formerly of Atlas Diner at Bravery Chef Hall, is hosting a five-course feast at 7:30 p.m. Friday with Bruichladdich distillers to celebrate the birthday of poet Robert Burns. The menu includes traditional Scottish fare such as haggis, cock-a-leekie soup, and the berries-and-cream dessert cranachan. Tickets are $125 for this event at the J.W. Marriott Houston Downtown.