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Goodbye Ritual, Hello Korean Barbecue

The Heights restaurant will close its doors to make way for Mapojeong Galbijib.

By Timothy Malcolm March 31, 2021

Delicious Concepts on Tuesday announced that Ritual will end its run at 602 Studewood after Sunday service. But the space won't be dormant for long—the company will unveil a new concept, Mapojeong Galbijib, in its place around the end of May.

Mapojeong Galbijib is a Korean barbecue concept with table-side grilling service. It aims to feature only Prime proteins with an in-house dry aging program, along with house-made kimchi and banchan.

"We wanted to create a guest experience that blends the best of my travels to Seoul and my time growing up in L.A.'s Koreatown with a modern attitude and approach," said Ken Bridge in a press release.

Since 2016, Ritual has deftly produced Southern comfort fare inside very trendy environs.

Cafe Leonelli, the long-awaited Houston debut of Michelin Star chef Jonathan Benno, will open April 16 at the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, according to an announcement on Tuesday.

The cafe will focus on traditional Italian cuisine, producing house-made focaccia, sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes, and meat and seafood fare. Also look for Italian pastries from executive pastry chef Salvatore Martone and an outpost of Miami-based ice cream shop Frohzen.

Cafe Leonelli will have indoor and outdoor seating.

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