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Drag divas and stylish scenesters toast Poitín's anniversary soirée

Drag divas and stylish scenesters toast Poitín's anniversary soirée

Poitin grand opening party
Reign ruled in red leather. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Poitin grand opening party Caris Williams, Rachel Townsend
Caris Williams and Rachel Townsend. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Poitin grand opening party Jailyn Marcel, Oliver Halkowich, Naja Cossey, Dominique McGhee
Jailyn Marcel, Oliver Haikowich, Naja Cossey, Dominique McGhee.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Poitin grand opening party Ian Tucker
Ian Tucker. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Poitin grand opening party David Gow Mark Sullivan Lara Kopriva Steven Devadanam
David Gow, Mark Sullivan, Lara Kopriva, Steven Devadanam. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Poitin grand opening party
Poitin grand opening party Caris Williams, Rachel Townsend
Poitin grand opening party Jailyn Marcel, Oliver Halkowich, Naja Cossey, Dominique McGhee
Poitin grand opening party Ian Tucker
Poitin grand opening party David Gow Mark Sullivan Lara Kopriva Steven Devadanam

What: Grand opening party 

Where: Poitín

The scoop: Over 250 people flocked to the Sawyer Yard restaurant to celebrate its first three months of operations. While dining on a variety of chef Dominick Lee's signature snacks — dipping the Cajun-spiced chicharrones into the hummus proved popular — guests also enjoyed a variety of libations from the bar, including cocktails made with Grey Goose vodka, Tanqueray 10 gin, and Plantation 3 Star rum, plus beer selections from Holler Brewery and Green Flash Brewing Co., and a first-rate Santa Julia sparkling rosé.

Before the party could even think about slowing down, Blackberri and friends entertained the crowd with an epic drag show. Applause, applause to Ondi, who performed in a stunning white outfit and to Reign who followed up with a high-energy set of her own in red leather.

Four colorful art cars out front lent credence to a little undercover comedy by Secret Group performers Katie McGee and Andrew Youngblood, who hopped into conversations and told jokes while pretending to be designers contemplating a vehicle for next year's parade. The actual cars — Rickey Polidore’s Hermesillac; Randy Blair’s A Little Bit of Nonsense; Julie Bower’s Toys on the Hood; and Elizabeth Burnham’ Penelope, the one-eyed-one-horned-flying-purple-people-eater — provided the setting for lots of colorful photos. 

Who: Ursaline Hamilton, Adrian Dueñas, Marcelo Saenz, Yvonne Boustany, Felice Sloan, Lauren Barrash, Angela Fabbri, Monica Pope, Drs. Erik and Anu Schultz, Caroline Starry, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl, Celeste Edwards, David Gow, Steven Devadanam and Lara Kopriva, Elaine Dillard, Erin Hicks, Marcy de Luna, Dr. Forrest Roth and Lauren Freeman Roth, Kara Smith, Shelby Hodge and Shafik Rifaat, Kris Reeves, Lauren MacQueen, Steven and Sarah Deutser, and Texas Medical Center CEO and President Bill McKeon.