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Food News: Washington Avenue's The Classic Closes

Plus, the TABC suspends the liquor licenses of four Houston-area drinking establishments.

By Timothy Malcolm October 22, 2020

The Classic, Benjy Levit's Washington Avenue restaurant, focused on comfort food in bright, modern digs, has closed. CultureMap was first to report the news.

The restaurant opened in 2018 at the former site of the Washington Avenue location of Benjy's. It immediately drew praise, but Covid-19 temporarily shut it down, never to reopen, aside for some takeout service. In August, Levit hosted a "yard sale" of sorts inside The Classic where much of the restaurant's furniture was on offer. 

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission recently inspected hospitality businesses across the state to check for Covid-19 protocol enforcement, and as a result it suspended the liquor licenses of four Houston-area establishments. The businesses, whose licenses will be suspended for 30 days, are Lux Lounge, Sol Billares, The Standard, and Spire.

Bars must keep indoor capacity at a maximum of 50 percent, while restaurants can keep a maximum capacity of 75 percent. Also, groups of customers must be at least six feet apart and masked if not seated at a table. 

Shaq must really like Paul Miller's restaurants. The basketball legend, who in July was spotted at Jax Grill on Shepherd Drive, was at the Union Kitchen on Memorial Drive on Monday. O'Neal was there with friend Kenneth Miles, an HPD officer, and a friend named "Scoop." Miles joined Shaq at Jax Grill in July. 

Chicken fried steak and eggs at Killen's.

Killen's now has Sunday brunch. Service is available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and includes homestyle favorites like chicken fried steak and eggs, fried chicken and waffles, pancakes, hash browns, skillet potatoes, white corn grits, and biscuits. Sticky buns and peach bread pudding bring sweetness, and drinks like a bloody mary and maple old fashioned will also be on offer. 

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