Community Impact Newspaper featured 12 restaurants in the Sugar Land and Missouri City communities in 2019. Take a look back at these articles, which appeared in the print edition each month.
Eating biryani at a small restaurant called Fanoosh in Bangalore, India, in 2010 is an experience that has stayed with Waleed Ahmed, owner of Fanoosh Burgers & Bites in Sugar Land.
Greg Doulin and his niece, Danielle Smith, have brought their Louisiana roots to Missouri City, providing an authentic Cajun food experience. Doulin opened The Crawfish Man’s Boiling Point—his first brick-and-mortar restaurant—in January 2017 after catering crawfish boils from a trailer at events for the previous 15 years.
March 2019 - Brookstreet Bar-B-Q dishes feature some sweet heat
A smell of smoky goodness greets visitors when they arrive at Brookstreet Bar-B-Q in Missouri City. That, combined with friendly staff and tangy, spicy barbecue sauce, keeps regulars coming back, Assistant Manager Lindsey Beaman said.
April 2019 - Sushi Monster offers authentic Japanese cuisine
Customers who dine at Sushi Monster will find authentic Japanese food as well as a dining room fit for meeting a business colleague, eating with friends or viewing the chef at work.
Sugar’s Cajun Cuisine & Bar offers more than food. With a live music lineup featuring jazz on Fridays and rhythm and blues on Saturdays, the family-friendly restaurant offers an entertaining environment.
Kurt Proba has been in the hospitality business since he was 17 years old, working at his father’s restaurants in every position possible. Twenty-three years later in 2011, he partnered with his father to open Bogie’s Pub & Grill in Missouri City and then opened a location in Pearland a few years later.
July 2019 - True Dog Houston offers halal-friendly food in Sugar Land
Born in Houston and raised in Florida, Damion Loera moved back to the Bayou City in high school and got his start in the food truck industry at age 15. About six years later, he owns and operates True Dog Houston, a gourmet hotdog food truck that primarily stays parked at The Ice Barn near the corner of West Bellfort Boulevard and Old Richmond Road in Sugar Land.
August 2019 - Family recipes at Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant make dining experience feel like home
Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant provides more than food—it gives customers a glimpse into the lives of husband-and-wife owners Jaime and Lupe Garcia.
September 2019 - Wing Station owner gets creative with housemade sauces, dry rubs
Restaurant owner Lincoln Ward and General Manager Carlos Espinosa expanded their repertoire of food concepts to wings in November 2018 when they opened Wing Station in the Sienna Plantation area of Missouri City.
Sister duo Lin Lin Yan and Lin Motiwala opened Aling’s Chinese Cuisine in Sugar Land about nine years ago to provide Indo-Chinese fusion cuisine. Yan oversees the restaurant’s operations, while Motiwala is the head chef.
Thirty years ago this December, Ray Salti opened the first Pepperoni’s, a New York-style pizza parlor, located at 3721 Hwy. 6, Sugar Land. Since then, Salti has opened 13 more locations, including four franchised locations, and has plans to expand beyond the Greater Houston area.
Marco Ruznick said his parents started Rustika Café and Bakery in Houston 26 years ago. At the time, Ruznick was only 1 year old. Now he is the CEO of their wholesale company, Rustika Group.
The Rustika franchise location in Sugar Land has been open since February and is expanding this month to offer a complete lunch and dinner menu. The original Rustika is located on Hwy. 59 in West University Place, and since opening in 1993, the company has opened four other stores, including the Sugar Land location.