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Food News: Celebrated NOLA Oyster Bar Coming to Houston

Plus, the Texas Restaurant Association wants bars to open this week.

By Timothy Malcolm May 13, 2020

An iconic New Orleans spot is heading to Houston. According to Eater, first with the report, Acme Oyster House is bringing a location to the former El Real property at 1201 Westheimer Rd.

Acme, which has six locations throughout the Gulf Coast, serves up Cajun and Creole specialties. It's also known for its 15 Dozen Club (eat 15 dozen oysters in 90 minutes). Some folks have eaten more than 40 dozen oysters in one sitting. That's a lot of oysters.

The Texas Restaurant Association is pushing Gov. Greg Abbott to re-open bars statewide on Friday. As part of its push, on Tuesday it unveiled the Texas Bar Promise, which mirrors the Texas Restaurant Promise that the TRA created to complement Abbott's executive order to re-open restaurants two weeks ago.

The Texas Bar Promise outlines steps bars will take if they're given the go-ahead to re-open. Those steps include enforcing strict six-foot distance regulations, designating health and safety managers at establishments, installing hand-sanitizing stations for customers and staff members, and ensuring traditional bar-top items aren't available to patrons.

Abbott has not yet spoken on the fate of bars in Texas.

We're told that Yelo, the new Katy Asian Town restaurant from Alex Au-Yeung of Phat Eatery and chef Cuc Lam, is shooting for an August opening. Plans to open a fourth Mala Sichuan in Sugar Land are still on, and a third Molina's Cantina is set to be unveiled in June in Fulshear.

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