1. Officials with Goode Co. signed a lease to occupy the former Down House location in the Heights at 1801 Yale St., Houston, officials announced in a July 21 news release.
The concept for what will eventually open in the space is still under discussion as of press time Aug. 4. Goode Co. concepts elsewhere in Houston include Goode Company Barbeque, Goode Company Seafood, Goode Company Kitchen & Cantina, Goode Company Taqueria and Goode Company Armadillo Palace.
“Goode Co. is always looking for great spaces and new neighborhoods to become a part of, and we are excited to be opening one of our concepts in the Heights area,” said Levi Goode, chef and president of Goode Company Restaurants, in a statement. “While we don’t have details on the specific concept and opening date, we look forward to doing something Goode in this historic Houston neighborhood.”
2. Officials with Cherry Block Craft Burger and Texas Kitchen are working to raise investment funding for a new location in the Garden Oaks area that could potentially open this winter. The company's page on the private investment platform Next Seed reached a goal of $400,000 July 22. Once constructed, the eatery would offer a ranch-to-table experience where menu items are locally sourced, harvested, butchered and cooked. It would be located in the upcoming Stomping Grounds at Garden Oaks, 1223 W. 34th St., Houston. In addition to counter service and in-house dining, the venue would offer prepackaged meals, local delivery, a full bar and retail apparel. Founder Felix Florez launched the first location of Cherry Block at Bravery Chef Hall in downtown Houston, and another location can be found in Katy. www.cherryblockbutcher.com
3. Open-kitchen concept Concura Italian Bites is slated to open later this summer in the River Oaks area at 4340 Westheimer Road, Ste. 150, Houston. The contemporary eatery is being launched by Italian native and fashion consultant Jessica Biondi, who said the menu will explore the less discovered regions of Italy’s Adriatic coast. Dishes will include pappa al pomodoro, vitello tonnato and carbonara di pesce as well as a variety of tartare and charcuterie. A drink menu will include wines from Italy, the U.S., France and South Africa along with signature cocktails. www.concurrahouston.com
4. After being forced to close for more than a month due to a kitchen fire in May, restaurants Annie’s Cafe & Bar and Turner’s reopened for dinner service June 26 at 1800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston. The two eateries are both run by Berg Hospitality. Annie’s specializes in Texas-influenced American cuisine, while Turner’s offers American and continental dishes in a social atmosphere that also features live music on select nights. 713-804-1800 (Annie’s), 713-804-1212 (Turner’s). www.theanniehouston.com. www.turnershouston.com
5. Darts-themed bar and restaurant Flight Club Houston is coming to Regent Square, a mixed-use development between the River Oaks and Montrose areas in late 2021, according to a news release. The Britain-based club will provide a social gaming experience that centers around Flight Club’s signature “social darts,” and the eatery will also offer dishes and cocktails, according to the news release. Dishes available in Flight Club’s Boston and Chicago locations include a BLT, mini shrimp tacos, a Buffalo chicken sandwich, three different types of flatbreads and other options. Flight Club’s drink menu at those locations includes eight different types of cocktails. http://us.flightclubdarts.com