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Food News: Famous Chef Plays Game Show for Southern Smoke

Plus, a favorite neighborhood restaurant is moving ... just up the street a bit.

By Timothy Malcolm November 11, 2020

David Chang plays Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Be sure to watch the special primetime edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire at 8 p.m. Sunday. During this episode, in which celebrities play for charity and frontline heroes, chef David Chang (Ugly Delicious, Momofuku) will give it a shot for the Southern Smoke Foundation.

"I'm so honored that Dave chose Southern Smoke as his charity," said Southern Smoke co-founder and chef Chris Shepherd. "He’s been so supportive of this organization for so long, and the visibility from the show will do so much to shine a light on the needs of our industry."

This edition of Millionaire, the popular game show originating in Great Britain but becoming a phenomenon in America in 1999 under host Regis Philbin, is hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. You might remember Shepherd recently was a guest of Kimmel's on his ABC late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live. Since its creation in 2015, Southern Smoke has raised more than $5.3 million for hospitality workers and organizations seeking emergency funding.

Shepherd's Hay Merchant will host a socially distanced watch party at 8 p.m. Sunday.

A rendering of Generation Park.

Justin Turner, formerly the chef/owner of the now-shuttered Bernie's Burger Bus, is taking on the role of director of culinary hospitality at Generation Park, a 4.2-acre master-planned business and lifestyle development from McCord at Lake Houston. Turner, leading the group Gastropub Productions, will bring multiple concepts to the development, and he's already working on a restaurant that's set to open in Generation Park in 2021.

“At McCord, we recognize the importance of creating an ecosystem that the community will enjoy for generations to come. Every development or design is driven by putting our tenants & the community first,” said McCord President Ryan McCord. “Creating hospitality and restaurant concepts that have the flexibility to change as the restaurant industry does is key in making these concepts succeed for generations to come. We’re honored to have Justin’s expertise and creativity on our team and look forward to what he will bring to our community.” 

Dog Haus is here. The hot dog, sausage, and burger restaurant with locations in 18 states is opening its first Houston-area location on November 21, called Dog Haus Biergarten Copperfield at 8422 Hwy 6 N. Three more area locations will open after that, including in Missouri City, Spring, and the Energy Corridor. Look for the above meaty dishes, plus fried chicken sandwiches and wings, and beer, wine, cocktails, and shakes.

Jonathan's The Rub, one of Houston's more popular neighborhood restaurants, is moving from its original Hedwig Village location to 9090 Katy Fwy, the former Peli Peli Kitchen space, just a half-mile north. It's also slightly changing its name to Jonathan's The Rub at Campbell Place after moving into the 4,000-square-foot space around spring 2021.

The sixth location of JuiceLand is now open at 5103 Bellaire Blvd, #135, in Bellaire Town Center. There are now 35 locations of the Austin-based juice concept.

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