this week's hottest headlines
Surprise downtown restaurant closure and massive new beer garden brewing in Katy lead week's stop stories
Editor's note: It's time to recap the top stories on CultureMap from this past week.
1. Prominent Houston restaurant group suddenly shutters intimate downtown tavern. Underbelly Hospitality president Nina Quincy said the company decided to close GJ Tavern when, “we ultimately realized that operating a 40-seat restaurant in downtown Houston was financially unsustainable.”
2. Blockbuster beer paradise raises Katy's scene to Bavarian brew garden levels — with a Texas twist. Set to open in the fall, Katy Beer Garden will occupy approximately 25,000-square-feet at The Dryer and will evoke Bavarian beer garden vibes.
3. New York Times showcases 5 smokin' Houston spots in hot new 'Best Texas Barbecue Restaurants' list. Blood Bros. BBQ, Brisket & Rice, Gatlin’s BBQ, Ray’s Real Pit BBQ Shack, and Truth BBQ star in the NYT spotlight.
4.Bucket-list country getaway serves up farm-to-table feasts and rustic romance just 2 hours from Houston. Ronin Farm & Restaurant serves up farm-to-table meals in a 1912 icehouse, friendly animals, moonlit meals and wine, and a guesthouse stay in downtown Bryan.
5. Celebrated Houston Top Chef finalist and Olympian suddenly departs anticipated new Midtown restaurant. In surprising news, Chef Dawn Burrell, the Olympic track and field star and Top Chef finalist, is no longer involved with Late August.