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Food News: Restaurant Featuring Houston's Bread Man Set to Open

Plus, a popular New York-inspired delicatessen is moving ... which means another local mainstay is closing.

By Timothy Malcolm August 10, 2020

White Elm Cafe & Bakery will open Tuesday in Memorial.

On Tuesday White Elm Cafe & Bakery will open at 14079 Memorial Dr. The concept is a collaboration between Tasos Katsaounis of Bread Man Baking, Chico Ramirez of Dinner Table Investments, and Scott and Stacy Simonson of Chez Nous.

The 3,445-square-foot upscale-casual space with brick accents, gold mirrors, and a blue and green color palette will feature morning coffee and pastries; full lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch programs; and an in-house bakery led by Katsaounis.

The food menu will reflect the French countryside and Mediterranean coast, with offerings like charred octopus with muhammara, filet with bone marrow butter, and duck confit pizza. Also look for cold-pressed juices as well as both vegan and vegetarian fare. It'll be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday.

As you may know, Luby's is for sale, meaning the future of its locations are in jeopardy. For example, the Luby's at 1743 Post Oak Blvd will soon close because the company isn't renewing the lease there.

In its place, though, will be Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen Restaurant. The famed deli that piles meat on meat in mammoth sandwiches has to move from 2327 Post Oak because of a planned strip center demolition, and it plans to start serving at the old Luby's location by mid 2021. (Don't fret: 2327 Post Oak is open and will operate until the new location opens.)

The relocated Kenny & Ziggy's will add more seats in the dining room (300 total) and private schmooze room, and you'll see a new patio, plus a happy hour bar menu. 

Look closely at a bottle of Santa Teresa 1796 Crafted Together Limited Edition rum, and you might see the work of Houston bartenders Lindsay Rae Burleson (Two Headed Dog) and Christa Havican (Nobie's). The bartenders are among 26 from across the world nominated to create art for the label of this new special release from Santa Teresa 1796. The art, combined in a collage, depicts how the bartenders have been spending their time during the Covid-19 pandemic. You can find the bottle at ReserveBar.

Brennan's of Houston announced last week that Joseph Chavez is the new executive chef at the celebrated fine-dining restaurant. Born in Los Angeles, Chavez has trained and worked at multiple high-profile restaurants (Le Bernardin, Per Se, 11 Madison Park, Nomad, The French Laundry), and most recently he spent time running The Bygone, a rooftop concept at the Four Seasons Baltimore.

Riel co-owner and executive chef Ryan Lachaine has been tapped to run Commons Club, a restaurant, bar, and lounge opening this fall inside Virgin Hotels Nashville. Yes, that's Nashville, Tennessee, but no, Lachaine isn't leaving Houston or Riel. Kevin Kobayashi, former chef at Ramen Tatsu-Ya, will take the role of chef de cuisine at Commons Club.

You might have caught the news that Whataburger is unveiling a food truck. The fast-food company that originated in Corpus Christi and operates out of San Antonio will be rolling out the 36-foot truck with a multi-location tour starting in 2021.  

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