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From porn to pasta: Houston restaurant king lauded for completely changing a neighborhood

By Shelby Hodge

The story goes that Johnny Carrabba thought he was buying a neighborhood newsstand back in the mid-'80s when he purchased the lot on Kirby at West Main. But it turned out that the future h ...


A Big New Restaurant

Houston's big new restaurant: This Kirby spot is large in every sense — including the early crowds

By Eric Sandler

Grace's, the new comfort restaurant from Kirby empresario Johnny Carrabba, opened quietly to the public. The restaurant marks a move away from Italian food for Carrabba, which is named aft ...


Houston's Own Union Square

Houston's own Union Square Cafe? Carrabba's new restaurant goes beyond Italian, touts monster portions

By Marcy de Luna

To call Johnny Carrabba a successful restaurateur is like calling Case Keenum a hard-working underdog. It's technically true, but there's a lot more to it than that. Carrabba's repe ...


Foodie News

First taste: Mia's Table features American comfort food with free ice cream & the Carrabba's touch

By Sarah Rufca

From the outside, the new location for Mia's Table looks like someone picked up a Hill Country mansion and deposited it just off of Kirby Drive. The restaurant has a stately but homey vibe, wit ...


Foodie News

The new restaurant empire? Coppa wants to be the next Carrabba's, sets big expansion plans

By Sarah Rufca

Less than a year after Coppa replaced Catalan on Washington Avenue, co-owner Charles Clark has announced that the restaurant is expanding, with a second location planned for Rice Village. ...


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Inside the Carrabba's on Kirby expansion: Details on three new restaurants, including the casual Mia's

By Tyler Rudick

As it celebrates its 25th year as one of the city's most beloved family eateries, the original Carrabba's Italian Grill in River Oaks has embarked on a bold expansion project the will ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Sommeliers go head-to-head in wine challenge benefitting the Periwinkle Foundation

By Shelby Hodge

Thirteen of the city's leading sommeliers put their wine knowledge and creativity to the test Tuesday night at Houston Country Club, where 300 fans of the Periwinkle Foundation turned out for t ...


Foodie News

Houston Chef's Table: Food snob Craig Mallinson unearths the best steak in Houston

By Sarah Rufca

No one knows Houston restaurants better than the people who run them, own them, and work in the kitchens. In this continuing series, CultureMap is asking our favorite foodie personalities around to ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Those Young at Heart partygoers rock and roll at Momentum Audi

By Shelby Hodge

Momentum Audi is fast earning the title of Party Central in this city that offers more good reasons to lift a glass and kick up your heels than most any other metropolis. The sleek car emporium on ...


Foodie News

A duet in Italian: Carrabba's plans new buildings at original location

By Sarah Rufca

To most Houstonians, there's only one Carrabba's — the location on Kirby at West Main St. owned by the Mandola and Carrabba families, not the national chain. But now it looks like ...


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