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Food News: Pour-Your-Own Booze Bar to Open Soon

Plus, a popular Korean fried chicken concept is coming to Houston.

By Timothy Malcolm October 12, 2020

A rendering of Shoot The Moon's dining room with a tap wall.

A little over a year ago we wrote about the unveiling of Shoot The Moon, a concept set to open in Spring Branch in which customers pour their own beer, wine, liquor, and cocktails. An update: It's coming soon. According to NextSeed, which is hosting a funding campaign for the concept, Shoot The Moon is planning to open by the end of the year at 8155 Long Point Rd. The new locations of Feges BBQ and Slowpokes Coffee will be among its neighbors.

East End Backyard is here. The new concept from former Houston Dynamo star Brian Ching is a dog-friendly patio bar now open at 1105 Sampson St. Look for a 3,500-square-foot dog park that's available for dog parties; brightly colored furniture across a 16,000-square-foot patio; and a long bar with a couple of televisions and tables made from reclaimed barn wood inside a converted 1930s bungalow. Two other bungalows onsite include a merchandise shop for artists Donkeeboy and Donkeemom and a likely future coffee shop or taco stop. The bar has 25 beers on tap and a full cocktail menu, and food trucks are supplying the grub.

Tacos A Go Go has teamed up with chef Monica Pope on a veggie taco benefiting women's health nonprofit I'll Have What She's Having. The Farmer's Market Taco includes butterfly pea flowers, shiitake mushrooms, sweet potato, okra, zucchini, pepitas, and harissa and is available every Tuesday through October. The launch of this taco coincides with a new menu of veggie-forward items like a plant-based "pastor" taco and "chicken" taco. That menu is available daily.

A rendering of the new Palace Social.


The former Palace Bowling Lanes at 4191 Bellaire Blvd is getting a complete revitalization as it turns into Palace Social, a 30,000-square-foot entertainment center with bowling lanes, arcade, simulators, event spaces, e-sports lounge, and bar and lounge. Tramonte Design Studio, with Gin Design Group, is designing the space to pay homage to the original Palace while staying ultra-modern. Ryan Hildebrand, formerly of FM Kitchen & Bar, has been brought in to run Palace Social's food-and-beverage program, emphasizing Southern and diner-style American cuisine. Look for Palace Social to open in spring 2021. 

Fat Straws Bubble Tea Co. out of Dallas is hosting pop-ups at 350° Bakery at Polk and Chartres streets from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and October 24 and 25. The pop-up will feature the bubble tea concept's mochi donuts.

BBQ Chicken's Cheesling flavor.

BBQ Chicken, a popular franchise of Korean fried chicken out of Korea, is opening its first Houston location Thursday at 8383 Westheimer Rd, #114, in Mid-West. BBQ (which stands not for barbecue, but for "best of the best quality") carries a range of Korean fried chicken flavors including honey garlic, galbi (marinated in a Korean barbecue-style sauce), and cheesling (covered in cheddar cheese and mascarpone cheese powder). You can also try BBQ Chicken at its Katy location (1519 Mason Rd).

Ike's Love & Sandwiches at 1051 Heights Blvd, #180, is celebrating one year of operation Friday with free sandwiches and t-shirts for the first 50 people in line (starting 10:30 a.m.). Also, its most popular sandwiches (Menage a Trois, Matt Cain, Meatless Mike, Sometimes I'm a Vegetarian) will each be $6 throughout the day, and both founder Ike Shehadeh and store partner and former Astros No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel will be present.

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