On Tuesday, Lefty's Famous Cheesesteaks, Hoagies & Grill, will open its first location inside the Loop at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at 8057 Kirby Dr. While Lefty's is a popular chain based out of Michigan, this H-Town spot comes with a new co-owner, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Watson (who throws with his right hand) became co-owner of the cheesesteak and hoagie brand in August and plans to open multiple franchises in Houston.
"Lefty’s is a family business," said Watson in a release. "It was only right that after I met Sam and tried it, I brought it to my home in Houston."
Lefty's sells a traditional Philly-style cheesesteak but with a blend of American and Swiss cheeses and cherry peppers, as well as special steaks like the Southpaw (cheese sauce and Hot Cheetos), the Italian Stallion (pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni), and the Munchin w/ Michael (fried popcorn chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, Buffalo sauce, ranch dressing).
You can visit Lefty's to challenge your cravings from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday–Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. For the grand opening Tuesday on Kirby Drive, the Texans cheerleaders and TORO will be in attendance.
Politan Row may be closed, but vendors Ate Kitchen and Kin will still do work out of the former Rice Village food hall. According to an announcement last week, Ate Kitchen—which specializes in Caribbean-inspired food, with a focus on Trinidadian flavors—will continue to operate out of 2445 Times Blvd with a tent for takeout, and Kin—chef Evelyn Garcia's exploration of Southeast Asian cuisine—will be using the space to produce spice rubs and jarred condiments, like chili oil, to be sold elsewhere.
Tiny Champions, the mostly pizza place concept from the folks behind Nancy's Hustle, is now open at 2617 McKinney St. The menu includes veggie-focused small plates, pastas, and a bunch of pizzas. Dessert and wine also on offer. Hours are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.
Jollibee, the popular Filipino fast-food chain known for its Chickenjoy fried chicken, will open its third Houston-area location at 13347 Westheimer Rd near Eldridge Parkway before the year ends with call-ahead pickup, walk-in takeout, and drive-thru services. It's part of a major Jollibee expansion that includes the opening of 28 stores across North America.
Menu changes at Musaafer, which is heading into winter with a more nostalgic-leaning slate by chef Mayank Istwal. Look for baked oysters, thukpa (noodle soup), winter chaat with sweet and baby potatoes, winter nihari (lamb shank) with long pepper and chili oil, and badam halwa (warm almond pudding) with toffee almond cake and milk chocolate crunch. Musaafer at the Galleria IV Wing is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday–Thursday, from noon to 11 p.m. Friday, from noon to 4 p.m. and from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Lucille's 1913—the community support collective from popular Museum District restaurant Lucille's—is teaming up with the Kinder Foundation and Emancipation Park Conservancy to provide 5,000 meals for 1,000 Greater Third Ward families at a drive-thru event scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. December 23. Attendees can RSVP and reserve their family's package here.
"As a resident of Third Ward, I can see the need every single day," said Lucille's chef/owner Chris Williams in a release. "We were trying to think of how to have the biggest impact in the safest way possible, and we’re grateful to partner with Kinder Foundation and Emancipation Park Conservancy to pull this initiative off."