To be a Houston resident, you should know to always expect something new. Whether that's a new restaurant, a new event, or if you're lucky enough一a new road closure to change your morning commute. Last week in Houston, TxDOT closed the 610 northbound exit to Westheimer, and two new restaurants are joining the city's robust foodie scene. Elsewhere, the Omicron variant has racked up a surge of COVID cases, causing the City of Houston to open multiple COVID testing sites and the cancellation of the Astros FanFest.
Here's what Houston was up to last week.
Two additional mega COVID testing sites opened in the Greater Houston area.
The City of Houston and the Houston Health Department are working to expand access to COVID testing in the city; with Omicron on the rise. The city added two additional testing sites, with one at the former Dave & Buster's on Richmond, and the other at Kingwood Community Center.
The Texas Department of Transportation closed the 610 Loop towards Westheimer.
The road closure is for construction to widen the ramp to two lanes, and is expected to last from six to seven months.
Houston Rockets beat the Washington Wizards on the road in D.C.
Houston point guard Kevin Porter Jr. scored an impressive buzzer-beater Thursday night, narrowly beating the Wizards, 114-111. The win against the Wizards brings the home team's record to 11-28 in the Western Conference.
Austin-based restaurant Chi'Lantro BBQ bringing its first location to The Heights
The restaurant blends together Mexican and Korean flavors to create unique fusion dishes, like the popular Kimchi Fries, Korean-fried chicken wings, plus rice and noodle bowls.
Houston Astros cancel FanFest
Out of an abundance of caution and our desire to deliver the best experience to our fans, the Houston Astros have postponed the 2022 Caravan and FanFest presented by H-E-B. pic.twitter.com/uKjVP04ncR— Houston Astros (@astros) January 5, 2022
Due to COVID cases surging in Harris County, the Astros opted to cancel the preseason event. The team took to Twitter to share the announcement, saying that the decision to postpone the fan festival was "out of an abundance of caution and our desire to deliver the best experience to our fans."
Chris Shephard opens his latest concept, Underbelly Burger
The new burger joint opened in the Houston Farmer's Market on Airline Drive. The new creation from the hospitality group has a small menu, with a craft burger, a veggie burger option, a chicken sandwich, and a hot dog with a hearty twist.
The City of Houston announces plans for the MLK Day Parade.
The City of Houston, along with the Black Heritage Society will host the 2022 MLK Day Parade. Johnson Space Center's Director, Vanessa E. Wyche, will serve as the parade's grand marshal.