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Food News: Lucille's to Feed Underserved on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Plus, that Office-inspired pop-up is now open in Downtown Houston.

By Timothy Malcolm January 15, 2021

Lucille's 1913 will distribute 3,000 meals to Houston-area residents on Martin Luther King Jr., Day.

Image: Jenn Duncan

Lucille's 1913, the non-profit run by Lucille's chef-owner Chris Williams, will donate 3,000 meals to people on Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The initiative begins at 11 a.m. with two distribution drives in Fort Bend County. In Richmond 1,000 smothered pork chop and mashed potato meals and 500 PPE kits each will be given out at Gus George Academy, and 1,000 bistec a la mexicana and rice and bean meals will be passed out at Tony Becerra Park in Rosenberg. At 2 p.m. Lucille's 1913 will land at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Fifth Ward, where the non-profit will distribute an additional 1,000 pork chop meals.

"We are humbled to continue this work and help feed our community on MLK Day," Williams said. "We plan to keep doing this on big holidays, and to continue to reach new neighborhoods and people who really need it."

Call 832-802-7136 or go online to register for a meal.

Bonchon, the popular Korean fried chicken chain, has opened its fourth Houston location, at 2100 Travis St, #110, in Midtown. This Bonchon offers dine-in, take-out, and delivery services. A grand-opening event is scheduled for Thursday, when customers can get a free dozen boneless wings with any combo purchase.

In sad news, the massive camphor tree that has provided shade for Backstreet Cafe's patio since its opening in 1983 will be removed starting Monday. Guests can still get one last photo with the tree before the removal process begins, and after it comes down, a new tree will be planted.

Cocktails from Dunder Mupplen.

A pop-up bar and restaurant celebrating the American version of the television show The Office is now open at 711 Main St in Downtown (the former Bird Dog Saint). Called Dunder Mupplen, the bar features photo-ops, trivia, karaoke, and, of course, cocktails, like That's What She Said (curaçao, rum, peach, Sprite), and shots, like Assistant to the Regional (Johnnie Walker Black, simple syrup, sugar rim), plus a couple of shareable drinks and non-alcoholic offerings. It's $15 to get in, and tickets are on sale.

The end of One Fifth is near, and to celebrate all that it has given Houston, the restaurant is offering a big anniversary dinner during service on January 27. Each course honors one of the One Fifth concepts, so you'll get hummus and pita from Mediterranean, crab-stuffed jalapeños from Southern Comfort, duck heart bolognese from Romance Languages, and cast-iron-seared ribeye from Steak. Desserts from Romance Languages, Mediterranean, and Gulf Coast will also be available. It's $100 for a seat.

Sad news: Eaker Barbecue, a popular barbecue truck from Lance and Boo Eaker, is ending next weekend, according to an announcement made by the couple on Wednesday. The Eakers attributed the closing to a loss of revenue fueled primarily by Covid-19. The truck will serve up its brisket, pulled pork, Gochujang pork ribs, and sides like cream corn and kimchi from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, and then on Wednesday, Thursday, and Jan. 22, all at Westbury Baptist Church at 10425 Hillcroft St.

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