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Reality TV Star Closes Restaurant

Reality TV star suddenly shuts down high-profile Houston restaurant

By Eric Sandler

The numbers don't lie. When the monthly State Comptroller's Office report shows that a restaurant in a high-priced space is paying less than $1,000 per month in Mixed Beverage Gross Re ...


West Ave Shakeup

West Ave shakeup: Edward Sanchez's replacement named at Vanity Lounge — and she promises more speed

By Heather Staible

Makeup artist Aubrie Layne is in her element at The Vanity Lounge in West Ave. Surrounded by brightly colored lipsticks and eye shadows, Layne is the new face of the sleek beauty salon after the su ...


Foodie News

Amid turmoil in Houston's dining scene, reality TV star vows her restaurant is here to stay

By Eric Sandler

With the recent closures of Brio Tuscan Grille, Saint Genevieve and Downing Street, diners and restaurant industry insiders alike have begun to speculate which domino will fall next in the suddenly ...


West Ave Hot Spot Shutters

West Ave bar and brunch hot spot suddenly shutters: The high life's not so easy in this development

By Eric Sandler

Upper Kirby hotspot Saint Genevieve has suddenly closed down for good. A representative from the bar tells CultureMap that "The Van Delden Group and West Ave landlords have come to a mutual ag ...


Designer appearance and trunk show: Cobra Rock Boot Company

Join for an exclusive showcase featuring the Cobra Rock Boot Company from Marfa. The makers will be selling a limited supply of handmade boots along with goods from their West Texas shop.


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Korean barbecue makes its mark in the Texas cradle of beef: How a new West Ave hotspot pulls off its best dish

By Marcy de Luna

Bringing the flavors of Korea and Japan to the Inner Loop, Nara at West Ave's rich menu appears to be a great fit for Houston's diverse melting pot of palates. If you think Texas barbecue i ...


Restaurant Horror Stories

Restaurant service horror stories and how one West Ave hot spot makes up for a bad waiter

By Marene Gustin

In all my years of eating out, thousands of times, hundreds of restaurants, the single worst experience was one I had at a Houston restaurant last year. And no, I’m not going to say which ...


Cool New Sculpture

It's a woman? It's a flower? James Surls explains his towering sculpture that's sprouted on Kirby

By Barbara Kuntz

Spring has truly sprung in Houston with Tree with Three Flowers, a 38-foot-tall sculpture created by world-renowned artist James Surls, sprouting overnight at one of Houston's bu ...


Stylish Spring

Hot beefcake bodies and bold looks are showcased at West Ave fashion show

By Clifford Pugh

Since opening three years ago, West Ave has gradually added a mix of fashion retailers, so owners of the complex at Kirby and Westheimer decided it was time to show off what their stores have ...


CultureMap Exclusive

The buzz is true: New bakery coming from one of Houston's best restaurants

By Eric Sandler

Add one of Houston's best restaurants to the 2014 bakery boom. Pondicheri chef/owner Anita Jaisinghani has revealed that the long simmering rumor that her restaurant in West Ave will add an ...


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