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6 things to know in Houston food right now: Openings, closings, and Chris Shepherd on TV

6 things to know in Houston food: Openings, closings, and chefs on TV

Chris Shepherd Jimmy Kimmel
Guillermo Rodriguez, Chris Shepherd, and Jimmy Kimmel smile for the camera. Underbelly Hospitality/Facebook
Koffeteria pistachio praline baklava croissant
Find creative croissants at Koffeteria in EaDo. @koffeteria/Instagram
Rishi Singh Revolve Kitchen Hotel Derek
Rishi Singh has brought smoke-flavored dishes to the Hotel Derek. Courtesy of Hotel Derek
Chris Shepherd Jimmy Kimmel
Koffeteria pistachio praline baklava croissant
Rishi Singh Revolve Kitchen Hotel Derek

Editor’s note: Houston’s restaurant scene moves pretty fast. In order to prevent CultureMap readers from missing anything, let’s stop to look around at all the latest news to know.

Openings, closings, and coming attractions

After a slight delay, Koffeteria officially opened its doors last week at 1110 Hutchins St. The EaDo bakery from Tiny Boxwoods alum Vanarich Kuch is serving pastries, quiche, coffee, and more beginning at 11 am Wednesday through Sunday. Kuch tells CultureMap his top sellers so far have been Beef Pho Kolache, the Pistachio Baklava Croissant, and The Salty Cambodian has been a big hit: a latte combining sweetened condensed milk with a house-made butter cultured with sourdough starter and topped with Maldon salt. During the last 30 minutes of business, all pastries are 50-percent off.

The Toasted Yolk will open its first Inner Loop location on December 9. Located in the former Kitchen 713 space at 4601 Washington Ave., it will be the 11th Houston-area restaurant for the breakfast and lunch concept that’s known for its creative Benedicts, pancakes, and more. Like Snooze, The Toasted Yolk offers a full selection of beer, wine, and cocktails that will help adults ease into the morning.

Pour one out for Saint Dane’s Bar & Grille. The Midtown pub closed last month. Now, the property is surrounding by fencing with No Trespassing signs. Given its prime location across from the newly-opened Whole Foods in Midtown, expect the space to get snapped up quickly.

More fried chicken is coming to Houston. Fast food restaurant Golden Chick will open up to 55 locations in the greater Houston area courtesy of a new franchise agreement with James Griffis, president and owner of WTI Capital, LLC. The restaurant already has two Houston locations, but the agreement will help Golden Chick reach its goal of opening 500 locations by 2030, president Jim Stevens said in a statement.

Chefs on the move

Rishi Singh has a new home. Best known for his work at Montrose patio bar Boheme and downtown tapas restaurant Batanga, Singh is now working at Revolve Kitchen + Bar in the Hotel Derek. His new menu features dishes such as South Texas hummus with smoked jalapenos, campechana with smoked poblano, and quesadilla options that include hickory-smoked chicken and oak-smoked barbacoa.

Chefs on TV

In case you missed it, here’s the clip of Chris Shepherd cooking his signature Korean braised goat and dumplings on Tuesday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! The host successfully shreds the goat to Shepherd’s satisfaction but makes the mistake of trying an uncooked rice dumpling, which he compares to packing peanuts.