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Sunday Streets Explode

Closing Westheimer to cars is a major hit: Houston's first big step to becoming a walking city?

By Elizabeth Rhodes

After a successful launch last April, Houston's Sunday Streets program — which blocks off city streets to allow for pedestrians, cyclists and skaters to take over the road —&nb ...

Foodie News

Sweet: One of America's top pastry chefs is opening a new bakery in Houston

By Whitney Radley

It won't be just any bakery that opens up at the corner of Westheimer and Dunlavy later this year. It will be a bakery helmed by Houston native Roy Shvartzapel, who was recently named one of th ...

First Look

Houston's newest wine bar is a playground of good drinks: Cool, not pretentious

By Whitney Radley

Biking home at dusk from opening night at Camerata, it crossed my mind that the Montrose wine bar might become my new favorite neighborhood hangout. That distinction was cemented over an ...

Distinctive Store Is History

Another one bites the dust? Montrose antique shop driven out, opening up prime restaurant space

By Whitney Radley

The metal yard art and absurdly oversized chairs in front of BJ Oldies Antiques have come to define the landscape of Lower Westheimer as much as the trendy restaurants and the neon lights in tattoo ...

Foodie News

Veteran Houston restaurant owner teams up with opera singer on new wine & beer playground

By Whitney Radley

Paul Petronella has a full plate between running a restaurant, industry organizing with OKRA and recently launching PaulFEEDS — and now the young Houston restaurateur is set to open a wine an ...

Best Breakfast Ever

Best breakfast ever? This Houston restaurant's square dish just may qualify

By Whitney Radley

When Blacksmith opened earlier this year, the coffee shop had a number of factors working in its favor: Real estate on the ever-improving stretch of Lower Westheimer, in the former home of a b ...

Tacos & Tequila

Lower Westheimer entrepreneur takes aim at Mexican fare with new taco and tequila spot

By Darla Guillen

The man who is taking aim at a lower Westheimer occupation that could compete with the Anvil (Clumsy Butcher) group’s enclave of bars and restaurants has now opened a shrine of sorts to a gun ...

CultureMap Exclusive

Prolific entrepreneur opening a new Mexican restaurant & a Texas beer bar on Lower Westheimer

By Whitney Radley

Between his recent retail takeover, his food trucks and his successful bar and restaurant ventures on Lower Westheimer, California native Shawn Bermudez seems to have quite enough to keep him ...

The empire of Shawn Bermudez, Part 1

Houston entrepreneur breathes new life into lower Westheimer retail scene with revamped stores

By Whitney Radley

As Shawn Bermudez tells it, he never expected to stay in Houston for long. The California native moved here at 25, dropping his job as a financial accountant in Orange County in favor of a six-mont ...

Foodie News

Feast is closing: Groundbreaking, critic-beloved restaurant to shutter in a matter of months

By Sarah Rufca

Feast was the first restaurant to make nose-to-tail dining a feature in Houston and one of the first restaurants to include the farms and other purveyors on the menu, so diners could see where thei ...

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