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Food News: Celebrities Get Behind Ghost Kitchens

Plus, a popular Houston restaurant took its food to the DFW last weekend.

By Timothy Malcolm March 22, 2021

Before opening a ghost kitchen, Pi Yeng donated meals to Memorial Hermann.

Ghost kitchens—they're everywhere, huh? And now celebrities are opening them in Houston.

First, there's Guy Fieri—he of Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. The spiky-haired chef has rolled out a national ghost kitchen concept for his Guy's Flavortown Kitchen restaurant. Houstonians can order food from Flavortown Kitchen—including bourbon brown sugar BBQ wings and mac daddy mac n cheese—and pick it up from one of three locations (a Buca de Bepo at 5192 Buffalo Speedway, 12808 Queensbury Lane in City Centre, and 19075 I-45 South in Shenandoah near The Woodlands). Eater was on the case first here.

Or maybe you want Mario Lopez's tortas? Not a slip-up—the former Saved By the Bell star who now hosts Access Hollywood has put his name on a torta concept based out of a Tamales Doña Tere location on Wayside. Eater also found this first.

Meanwhile, Yi Peng Thai Dining at CityCentre announced last week the unveiling of a ghost kitchen called Plus Kitchen. Here, you can find all kinds of food, including Chinese and Italian (by way of New York), along with chef Junnajet Hurapa's Thai cuisine. Along with meals, the ghost kitchen hopes to sell pantry items and staples. Find out more here.

The mega-popular Turkey Leg Hut went to Fort Worth to host a pop-up over the weekend, and the response was enormous. Folks waited for hours on Friday and Saturday to get some of the restaurant's mammoth turkey legs from its food truck, causing lines of traffic that brought out news cameras. It also brought out Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts

Not everyone who came out was happy, as some people reported waiting a long time for food. The restaurant imposed a six-turkey-leg-per-customer limit on Sunday.

There are a few takeaways here. One, Turkey Leg Hut can probably open a location on the moon and get lines. Two, popups can be messy. With the DFW trip done, the TLH will turn their focus east as they host popups this spring in Birmingham, Alabama, and in Atlanta. 

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