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Restaurant community's loss, Houston's top saleswoman and America's best barbecue lead the week's top stories

Restaurant's big loss, city's top saleswoman lead week's top stories

Ryan Roberts Cullen's restaurant
Longtime Cullen's general manager Ryan Roberts passed away on Sunday at the age of 38. Courtesy of Cullen's
Sylvia Goldstein at Neiman Marcus
On her last day at work, Sylvia Goldstein poses in front of the Chanel boutique at Neiman Marcus. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Kerlin BBQ Austin barbecue food truck meat sides
Kerlin BBQ in Austin was recently named as America's best barbecue joint. Kerlin BBQ/Facebook
Beckrew Wine Bar
Beckrew Wine Bar has been named to Wine Enthusiast's Top 20 Wine Bars in America. Courtesy photo
Owl Bar
A look inside: the black and white checker floors are an Owl design signature. Photo by Eric Sandler
Conroe North Main Street
Conroe's North Main Street still has a small town feel. Wikimedia Commons/Him Nguyen
Ryan Roberts Cullen's restaurant
Sylvia Goldstein at Neiman Marcus
Kerlin BBQ Austin barbecue food truck meat sides
Beckrew Wine Bar
Owl Bar
Conroe North Main Street

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

1. Houston's restaurant community mourns unexpected death of popular general manager. The longtime general manager of Cullen's Upscale American Grille, Ryan Roberts, passed away on Sunday night at the age of 38.

2. After $73 million in sales and 86 Last Calls, Neiman Marcus couture guru goes out on top. Having spent 43 years as the top saleswoman at Neiman Marcus, 82-year-old Sylvia Goldstein dishes on her experiences at the luxury retailer.

3. Texas barbecue joint named No. 1 in America; only one Houston spot on list of Top 100. After visiting 48 states and 365 barbecue restaurants in 365 days, writer Johnny Fugitt names one Texas joint as the best in the nation and puts one Houston spot in his Top 100.

4. New Houston wine bar with neighborhood vibe named one of the best in the nation. The experts at Wine Enthusiast Magazine dug deep to find America’s best wine bars, and one local spot was named on the publication's list of the Top 20 in the U.S.

5. Beloved bar takes flight at new location with food, big patio and owl collection. Take an inside look at West Alabama's Owl Bar, newly reincarnated only blocks from it's former location on Kirby.

6. Houston's fastest growing suburbs: Here's how big they'll be in 2030. Using data from the U.S. Census, an analysis of Texas suburb growth reveals the state’s top 10 fastest-growing big suburbs.