Food News

New Restaurant Shuts down Temporarily after Medical Emergency

Plus, a boba tea business expands with a location in the Heights.

By Timothy Malcolm March 29, 2021

Vanessa Lomeli of The 915.

Image: Becca Wright

One week after opening her restaurant The 915, chef Vanessa Lomeli has closed her restaurant temporarily while she faces a medical emergency. According to a representative for The 915, Lomeli has been hospitalized because her body is rejecting a kidney her father donated to her eight years ago. Her friends have started a fundraiser through Artists for Artists to help with her medical bills and payments for The 915. Click here for more information about the fundraiser.

Hella Bubble, a bubble tea café with two Houston locations, has just opened its third at 2015 Yale St, part of the Heights Plaza Shopping Center. The café has a 422-square-foot space there where it serves a variety of milk teas, fruit teas, smoothies, and brewed teas.

It's Restaurant Weeks season. Black Restaurant Week is kicking off Friday and runs through April 11. Participating restaurants and caterers include Cool Runnings Jamaican Grill and Three Sisters Cajun Specialtz. For more information, visit

Memorial City Restaurant Weeks starts on Thursday. Fourteen area restaurants, including Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, Liberty Kitchen at the Treehouse, the Rouxpour, and State Fare, are taking part in the festivities by offering specialty menus through April 30. Menu prices start at $15 for lunch and $35 for dinner. A portion of sales for Memorial City Restaurant Weeks goes toward the Memorial Hermann Foundation. For more information, visit

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