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Food News: Original Union Kitchen Shuts Down

Plus, a celebrated chef heads to a popular bagel shop with some big ideas.

By Timothy Malcolm October 5, 2020

The Union Kitchen in Bellaire has shuttered.

According to an announcement Friday, the original location of The Union Kitchen at 4057 Bellaire Blvd has closed. The other six locations of the restaurant continue to operate—five are currently open for dine-in and takeout, while the Washington Avenue location is set to reopen soon.

"The Union Kitchen on Bellaire is where our concept was born, and we were fortunate to be there for 10 great years," said Paul Miller, owner of Gr8 Plate Hospitality and The Union Kitchen concept. "We would like to thank all of our guests, family, and friends who supported us and truly made us feel like part of the neighborhood."

In other news, Chef Jane Wild, who was previously at the Kitchen at the Dunlavy, has moved on to run operations at Golden Bagels & Coffee. Wild plans to turn Golden Bagels into an all-day hangout with healthy lunch fare like power bowls and seasonal salads, but first she'll unveil some vegan offerings like vegan lox, sunflower-seed cream cheese, and other vegetable and nut spreads. Also look for tea tonics, kombuchas, healthy shots, and more options for the more health-conscious.

On Wednesday Kolache Shoppe in the Heights will be selling $0.50 kolaches (those are typically marked at $1.65) in celebration of the business's 50-year anniversary. A special flavor, blueberries and cream, will also be available for that price. Limit two dozen per party.

Julep is back. The popular Washington Avenue cocktail bar is open 4–11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with a food menu including lobster rolls, oysters, sandwiches, cheese plates, and small bites. Glass and wood dividers have been installed in the main room, and social distancing will be mandatory. The Julep To-Go Truck will continue delivering cocktails from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 

The newest H-Town Originals sandwich from Antone's Famous Po'Boys is a creation by Saint Arnold Brewing Co founder and owner Brock Wagner. The sandwich is called Brock's Schnitzelfest—a panko-breaded pork chop with Saint Arnold Oktoberfest apple butter, mustard, and sauerkraut on a toasted pretzel bun. It's available throughout October, and half of all proceeds from the sandwich benefit Texas Children's Hospital. 

A new Sprouts Farmers Market will open at 7 a.m. October 14 at 1212 Old Spanish Trail in the NRG/Astrodome area. If you go on opening day, you'll get a free, reusable shopping bag with any purchase.

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