LOCAL Houston | The City Guide May 2016 - Page 12

ON OUR RADAR Photography by Julie Soefer Gr8 Plate Hospitality owner Paul Miller is working on his next big thing – The Union Kitchen in The Heights.  Restless Palate (from the same guys at Local Pour and Baker St. Pub & Grill) opened its newest casual dine-in concept at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch last month.  Uptown Park eatery Songkran Thai Grill recently opened an 853sf location in Sugar Land’s Town Square.  Burger aficionados – Shake Shack is opening up shop in Rice Village late 2017, taking over the space currently occupied by La Madeleine.  Dish Society, the casual farm-totable brand serving up delicious breakfast, lunch, supper and brunch options, is opening a third location in Memorial Green, east of Beltway 8 and a few miles south of Memorial City in spring of 2017.  51fifteen restaurant transitioned to its stunning new space designed by Nina Magon of Contour Interior Design, late last month. The 9,800sf space is a stunner.  Nothing says entertainment quite like the TV Dinner, which is exactly what Chris Shepherd is bringing back. Hay Merchant will be serving them up every Monday starting at 5pm until they sell out.  Harold’s Restaurant is converting 1,300sf of space below the second floor of its restaurant into a new first floor entrance creating a street level bar to be called Harold’s Tap Room, coming in summer of 2016. All it takes is one good idea. Luis Carmona came up with a simple one. TRIPBOXX is a unique travel service for men that sends a customized box of essential grooming products to their hotel prior to arriving. No need to worry about travel sizes, spills or weight of a Dopp kit* – your only concern is choosing between the standard or luxe box. www.tripboxx.com *We couldn’t help but wonder where this word came from, so we thought some of you might be wondering too. Wikipedia states that the word “Dopp kit” derives from early 20th-century leather craftsman Charles Doppelt, whose company designed the case in 1919. However, Doppelt did not design the case: his nephew Jerome Harris did. 12 L O C A L | may 16 Recipe for Success founders Bob and Gracie Cavnar are celebrating the foundation’s 10-year anniversary with a little Delicious Alchemy. The three-part celebration brings the foundation’s vision to reality: a world where healthy eating is the norm and a culture where nutritious food is shared, appreciated and celebrated. May 19 is The Banquet where a lucky few will dine in the beautiful space at The Dunlavy on a tencourse meal prepared by RFS Foundation’s Chef’s Advisory Board. May 20 is The Art of Food – think a big auction of food-inspired art, dozens of tasting stations, wine, music from DJ Sun and so much more. The weekend culminates on the 22nd, with The Community Supper – an homage to the typical shared American meal. For more information, visit www.recipe4success.org/events/delicious-alchemy.html.