Food News: Annie Cafe, Turner's Back Open After Fire

Plus, more honors for the Southern Smoke Foundation.

By Timothy Malcolm and Carolina Larracilla June 28, 2021

The Annie is back, baby.

Image: Jenn Duncan

The Annie Cafe & Bar and Turner's are back.

The restaurants located at 1800 Post Oak Blvd. closed after a kitchen fire on May 19, but they both reopened Saturday evening for dinner service.

An "official" reopening celebration is planned for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Annie. The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association is partnering with Berg Hospitality Group for the reopening, as a thank you to the Houston Fire Department for its help in handling the fire.

Reservations are recommended for both restaurants. 

Houston food and beverage non-profit the Southern Smoke Foundation received recognition from the Robb Report, earning a spot in the luxury magazine's 2021 Best of the Best issue. Robb Report's Best of the Best issue typically focuses on celebrating new restaurants, but this year’s issue—influenced certainly by the impact of Covid-19—celebrates the people that are positively impacting the dining industry around them.

Since Hurricane Harvey, the organization has provided funds for food-and-beverage industry workers in need across the nation, donating about $6 million in the last 15 months and $8 million in the last six years.

“We're proud to be the safety net for our industry, taking care of our own each and every day,” wrote chef and founder Chris Shepherd in an Instagram post last week. —Carolina Larracilla

The Medical Center location of Antone's Famous Po'Boys has closed, according to a representative. The shop ended service on Saturday. The two other Antone's locations—Galleria at 610 and San Felipe and Heights at 610 and TC Jester—remain open, and folks can of course get their sandwiches from area H-E-B, Randalls, and Kroger locations.

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