This Week's Hot Headlines

Surprising restaurant shutter and Joe Biden in The Heights lead week's top stories

Restaurant shutter and Joe Biden's brunch lead week's top stories

Miranda Lambert at Rodeo
Miranda Lambert wore high heels created by a Houston designer. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Cullen's American Grille
Cullen's unexpected closure topped this week's stories. Photo by Justin Calhoun
Joe Biden Down House Patio
Joe Biden had brunch at Down House last Sunday. chrisq28/Instagram
Rendering of new Galleria hotel and apartment high rise
Simon Property Group will add a 30-story high-rise to the Galleria. Rendering courtesy of The Galleria
Harold's Tap Room logo
Harold's downstairs market will become a bar. Courtesy image
Miranda Lambert at Rodeo
Cullen's American Grille
Joe Biden Down House Patio
Rendering of new Galleria hotel and apartment high rise
Harold's Tap Room logo

Editor's note: It's time to recap the most popular stories on CultureMap from this past week:

1. Massive Clear Lake restaurant and whiskey bar suddenly shutters. Cullen's closed Monday night and will become a medical facility. 

2. Joe and Jill Biden pick the perfect day for an outdoor brunch in Houston. In town to cheer on their alma maters at the Final Four, the Vice President and his wife stopped for brunch at Down House.

3. Southern restaurant in historic Heights space transforms market into neighborhood bar. Harold's will feature craft beer and keg wines in its new tap room.

4. The Galleria moves on up with major expansion: Luxury high-rise hotel and condos planned. The 30-story hotel and apartment tower will open in late 2019 or early 2020.

5. Miranda Lambert steps out at ACM Awards in Houstonian's sharp-shootin' stilettos. The country music superstar rocked shoes by Houston designer Joyce Echols.