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  • The interior courtyard is a charming feature of the townhouse.
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  • Two-story high ceilings in the foyer provide oodles of light.
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  • The 18-foot ceilings in the living room offer a spacious feel in the space thatoverlooks the interior courtyard.
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  • A balcony view of the living room.
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  • The completely remodeled kitchen is spacious and beautifully up-to-date.
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  • The formal dining room.
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  • Entry to the townhouse is via a shaded, paved walkway.
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Editor's Note: Houston is loaded with must-have houses for sale in all shapes, sizes and price ranges. In this continuing series, CultureMap Editor-at-Large Shelby Hodge snoops through some of our faves and gives you the lowdown on what's hot on the market.

1605 Potomac #C

Light pours in through banks of windows that soar to the top of the two-story ceiling in this 1990s vintage townhome, the airiness belying its secluded location at the back of a small complex. We found a certain charm in the four-bedroom dwelling due in part to the rush of light through mullioned windows and in its distance from busy Potomac.

You get the feel of a cozy (and that is not to mean small) cocoon offering a welcome sense of privacy in this city's often too-busy landscape. The design is unusual but has appealing points. And the price under $500,000 is attractive for the size of the townhouse.

Walk through: The entry hall is two stories high, a pleasant feature that continues into the living room and along the interior passageway leading to the kitchen. To the right of the entry is the study with half bath and wet bar and a mullioned glass wall that overlooks the foyer, an interesting architectural feature that adds light and a sense of spaciousness to the room.

The two-story high living room addresses the interior paved courtyard, rich with plantings and small trees. It's an attractive feature of the townhouse that comes into play from kitchen windows and breakfast room. Also on the ground floor is a full-sized dining room that opens off of the soaring hallway.

It's all about bedrooms on the second floor where the good-sized master features a fireplace and a spacious, updated bath and walk-in closets. Three other bedrooms with two baths complete the second floor.

Nice: The 18-foot ceilings in the entry, living room and hallway offer loads of light and a feeling of spaciousness. We also found the interior mullioned-glass wall in the study and in one bedroom upstairs a pleasing feature.

Extra nice: The landscaped interior patio with pergola is a lovely focal point that gives this townhouse a rich sense of privacy — a safe and secluded feel yet with lots of green.

Square footage: 3,295

Asking price: $449,000

Listing agent: Gloria Acker, Heritage Texas Properties

  • Monsour Taghdisi, president of Prestige Builders Inc., builds to benefit LegacyCommunity Health Services.
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  • Lucinda Loya of Lucinda Loya Interiors will design the interiors.
  • A rendering of Prestige Builders' Nantucket Showcase home, designed byMiller/Dahlstrand Architects.

Building buddies: Movers and shakers collaborate on the perfect $1.5 milliondream home

For Legacy

Having prospered in the custom homebuilding business for 15 years, Monsour Taghdisi has decided to build the perfect house, at least perfection as the head of Prestige Builders Inc. interprets it. And in the process, he plans to benefit Legacy Community Health Services.

Work has already begun on the Tanglewood home that will open in the spring of 2013 as Taghdisi's first designer showcase property. Proceeds from the opening party and showcase ticket sales will benefit Legacy, of which Taghdisi is a board member.

" I was just thrilled when Monsour approached me about partnering on a designer showcase," Loya says. "He understands a simple, elegant esthetic . . ."

"It really is my dream house. Thank God, I know other people who share my taste," he quipped of the 5,000 square-foot house that will be priced for purchase at $1.5 million after the charity event. "This project is about elevating the conversation of contemporary home design in Houston, which has been my passion for the past 15 years."

Taghdisi has teamed with Miller Dahlstrand Architects for design of the house that will feature designer kitchen and baths, a swimming pool and a third floor terrace with fireplace. And he has brought Lucinda Loya on board to handle the interior design. The custom home developer and Loya share a crisp contemporary zeal and are on the same wave length in their plans to create a spectacular property.

"I was just thrilled when Monsour approached me about partnering on a designer showcase," Loya says. "He understands a simple, elegant esthetic . . . Finally, we have a very exciting project together showcasing our two worlds in the industry. A perfect collaboration."

The project in the 1300 block of Nantucket actually features two homes, one that has already been sold and the other that Taghdisi has reserved for his showcase.

Dates for the showcase home event will be posted after the start of the new year.

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Kenny Rogers is a real estate gambler: Country star dupes auction vulturesseeking his mansion

Houston's Own

At 73, Houston-born Kenny Rogers has an impressive history beyond his half-century career as a country music singer-songwriter, with accolades in photography, acting, music production and entrepreneurial affairs.

And now the lucky guy has $2.25 million in his pocket, after selling his home in Jackson County, Ga. — but not without making a dozen potential buyers mad by leaving them hanging at the auction block.

The Athens-Banner Herald is reporting that Rogers decided, unexpectedly, to take his property — a 150 acre plot with a five-bedroom, 5,681-square-foot house, a 2,675-square-foot pool, an eight-acre lake, horse riding trails, go-cart track and other amenities — off of the market on Tuesday afternoon, less than a day before an anticipated auction that drew high-rolling bidders from as far as North Carolina.

The auction, which was to be conducted by Grand Estates Auction Company, was advertised as an absolute auction with no minimum bid. Rogers, who frequently builds then sells his homes, once described the estate as "kind of like Disneyland with animals."

Prominent Houston hotel taken over by national group: $4.5 million in updatesplanned

An Austin tie

Hotel Derek, a 314-room independent boutique hotel in the Galleria area, has been sold to a group affiliated with the Hotel Driskill in Austin.

The 14-story Hotel Derek is located at 2525 West Loop South and Westheimer Road, one of the most prominent intersections in Houston.

Lowe Enterprises Investors (LEI) has acquired the Hotel Derek on behalf of a national hotel investment venture LEI formed last year with The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and a subsidiary of Allstate Insurance Co. An LEI affiliate, Destination Hotels & Resorts, will take over the hotel management.

LEI plans to spend $4.5 million in the property to refresh the guest rooms and common areas and enhance the meeting space, including updating the technology. The company does not expect to change the hotel’s name or to affiliate with a big national chain.

LEI plans to spend $4.5 million in the property to refresh the guest rooms and common areas and enhance the meeting space, including updating the technology.

“This is a rare boutique property in a market that is dominated by branded hotels. Its convenient location and modern style coupled with its meeting space options make the Hotel Derek an ideal choice for groups as well as business and leisure travelers,” noted Russell Munn, senior vice president of LEI.

LEI also owns, on behalf of an investment client, the Hotel Driskill in Austin. Destination Hotels & Resorts is known for operating premier boutique hotel properties, including a number of hotels in Hawaii and the ski areas of Colorado.

  • Dillon House towers over Andy Weaver and Lucinda Cobley's Montrose bungalow."It's like having a cruise ship next door," he says.
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  • The Post Oak School purchased and tore down an old home at the corner of Autreyand Montrose for a parking lot.
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  • The Post Oak School renovated an industrial building, right, for a high schoolthat opens in August. Some residents are worried about increased traffic;officials insist they want to be good neighbors.
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  • Plans for the Ashby high rise have focused attention on Houston's planning — orthe lack of it.
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Neighborhood uprisings: Isn't it time for Houston to have a serious discussionabout zoning?

Cliff Notes

The go-ahead for the Ashby high rise has left me feeling really depressed. If affluent residents with all their political and social connections can't keep a 21-story skyscraper out of their bucolic neighborhood, what hope is there for the rest of us?

When Mayor "I'm against the project, but I can't do anything about it" Parker touts lopping two stories off and instituting a shuttle service that few people will likely use as some sort of neighborhood victory, you know it's time to talk about the "Z" word.

Yes, zoning.

The fact of the matter is that Houstonians have virtually no tools to stop developments that promise to irrevocably alter the character of a neighborhood.

The fact of the matter is that Houstonians have virtually no tools to stop developments that promise to irrevocably alter the character of a neighborhood. As my CultureMap colleague Katie Oxford has written, why do developers build such projects in the face of overwhelming neighborhood opposition?

Because they can.

Non-profit schools and churches are also encroaching into established neighborhoods, pitting longtime residents against organizations with clout that insist they want to be good neighbors. The latest example, in today's Chronicle, details opposition to a proposed halfway house for single mothers near a deed-restricted Meyerland neighborhood.

The facility, which includes four duplex units, would be built on property owned by St. John's Presbyterian Church outside of the deed-restricted zone. "I understand the importance of helping these mothers," said one resident, "but when you take away from one group to give to another group, you haven't improved society at all."

When minimum lot size doesn't help

In my Montrose neighborhood, residents of the 1200 block of Kipling breathed a sigh of relief after they filed for protection afforded by minimum lot size. The city ordinance allows residents within the 610 Loop to petition the city to preserve the single family residential character of a neighborhood block-by-block. In establishing such a standard, lots cannot be subdivided below the “special minimum” size in the designated area, thus keeping out the encroachment of townhomes and maintaining the neighborhood's special character.

Scared by the rise of a series of soulless townhomes on one end of they block, the Kipling residents got more than 70 percent of homeowners to ask for protection. In 2008, the city approved the petition.

Case closed.

Not so fast. This is Houston.

At the other end of the bungalow-laden block were two tiny apartments, where a number of retired Basilian Catholic priests live. The '60s-era low-slung apartments, which were grandfathered in and thus not part of the minimum lot size regulations, were leveled last year and replaced by a complex called Dillon House rising more than 40-feet high.

Wedged on the small lot, within inches of their property, it looks like building on steroids as it dwarfs the surrounding properties. "It's like having a cruise ship next door," Andy says.

Lucinda Cobley and Andy Weaver, who own the bungalow next door and have lived there since 2002, knew nothing about the new building — until it kept growing higher and higher and higher. Wedged on the small lot, within inches of their property, it looks like a building on steroids as it dwarfs the surrounding properties.

"It's like having a cruise ship next door," Andy says.

Residents in our neighborhood are now bickering over what to do with another vacant lot, where a developer leveled a charming 1960s-era apartment complex, with plans for a passel of patio homes. But he went bankrupt before construction commenced and the land has sat vacant for years. (Why do developers in Houston constantly tear down good structures to make way for projects that never get off the ground? It sure does seem to happen a lot.)

A developer who lives in the neighborhood says he has a potential buyer for the property but only if residents agree to relax neighborhood deed restrictions to allow taller structures. (The deed restrictions limit heights to three stories or 30 feet.) The proposal now pits neighbors who are clinging to such protections and are suspicious of such claims against those who want to weaken the deed restrictions in return for any development on the property.

But at least we have some tools to shape the neighborhood — no matter how weak they might be.

No protections at all

A few miles away, a friend of mine lives in a neighborhood with no protections. Located in the Museum District, next to neighborhoods like Boulevard Oaks that have strong deed restrictions, the Museum Area Municipal Association (MAMA) is a collection of older homes and newer townhomes, with a smattering of businesses, including the Grand Prize Bar near Bell Park. Bounded by the Southwest Freeway, Graustark, Main and Bissonnet streets, it has no deed restrictions and is thus open to anyone who wants to build practically anything in the neighborhood.

A few months ago neighbors were surprised to learn that the Post Oak School had purchased property at the corner of Montrose and Autrey to establish a high school. (It maintains a school for kids aged 18 months through eighth grade in Bellaire.) The school demolished a couple of homes for parking lots and green space and are converting a small industrial building into a school that will open in August.

The plan seems especially odd to the neighbors as the school doesn't yet own a historic home that is wedged between the main building and a parking lot. And it's located on a narrow street, which they fear will be clogged during peak school hours.

"You had better hope your house doesn't catch fire at 8:30 a.m. or 3:30 p.m.," says Cassie Stinson, president of the MAMA neighborhood group.

On the other side of Montrose Boulevard, also in the MAMA neighborhood, the Joy School has leveled homes and numerous oak trees, with plans to double the school, which focuses on educating developmentally disabled children, to serve 180 students. Stinson says the city doesn't consider the two school expansions as concurrent and has declined to conduct traffic studies of the effect on the neighborhood.

"Basically you'll have a lot of young drivers playing bumper car with Medical Center traffic," she said. "It is a death trap. Do we have to wait until somebody dies to do something about this? The answer is yes."

The other side

Officials at the Post Oak School insist they want to be good neighbors. The school, which will eventually cover grades 9-12, will start with only dozen students and three full-time faculty with no plans to exceed a total of 80 in the four grades. The Montessori school chose the location because the program emphasizes the arts and will be within walking distance of Houston's major museums.

John Long, the head of school, points out that officials removed a billboard on the property it purchased and tore down a home that had become a hangout for the homeless. And it is working to mitigate traffic concerns.

"That view (against the school) represents only one side of the neighborhood. We've heard other people who say it's the best thing to happen (here) in 10 years," he says.

Stinson and others point out that the neighborhood didn't learn about the school until it had purchased the property, much like the couple on Kipling only learned about the gigantic apartment building when it was under construction.

As a real estate lawyer, Stinson says she is not necessarily in support of zoning, yet she acknowledges that a neighborhood like hers has precious few options to maintain a sense of community when assaulted by development that doesn't make sense to them.

"This administration purports to be concerned about inner city neighborhoods, but they're not," Stinson said. "They know we have no tools to fight it."

I realize that critics will carp that those opposing such projects are elitists with a "Not in My Backyard" mentality. However, I don't think there's anything wrong with fighting to preserve the character and integrity of Houston neighborhoods and asking for an orderly process of notification and neighborhood input before construction commences.

One thing seems clear: This messy patchwork of limited protections doesn't seem to be working well. That's why I think it's time to talk about land use and — yes —zoning.

Otherwise it will only get worse.

  • “We have generations of South Americans and Mexicans who have an affinity forVail," says Alex Iskenderian ofVail Resorts Development of Colorado. Pictured isArrabelle at Vail Square.
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  • A new trend is the emergence of urban timeshare-like residences in cities suchas San Antonio.
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  • What’s the next hot market? The Tuscany region of Italy (shown here) andFrance’s Provence.
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Vacation homes are back: Tuscany, Provence & Palm Springs are next hot markets

Real estate round-up

The vacation home market is making a comeback after a couple of rocky years. People still want a place for recreation, and the seashore, the mountains and even vibrant urban locations are attracting buyers.

“We have generations of South Americans and Mexicans who have an affinity for Vail, the children and even the grandchildren, who are now coming back and getting a home in Vail,” says Alex Iskenderian of Vail Resorts Developmeent Company of Colorado. “That is an encouraging sign — as the baby boomers are aging and not skiing as much, we see the next generation coming in to buy.”

Even the timeshare business is moving again, according to a panel of experts at the recent National Association of Real Estate Editors annual conference in Denver.

A new trend is the emergence of urban timeshare-like residences in cities such as San Francisco, San Antonio or Washington, D.C.

With interest rates low, people continue to be drawn to real estate as an investment. Others buy vacation homes as a lifestyle choice.

Vacation-home sales rose 7 percent to 502,000 home and condos in 2011, up from 469,000 sales in 2010, according to a national study by the National Association of Realtors. It’s an improvement, but still down from the frothy years of the height of realty boom in 2006, when more than a 1 million vacation homes were sold.

Foreign buyers are buying a lot of vacation properties, as economic instability motivates buyers from Europe and the drug wars drive Mexican buyers into American realty.

A new trend is the emergence of urban timeshare-like residences in cities such as San Francisco, San Antonio or Washington, D.C., says upscale realty specialist Peter Kempf of Peter Kempf International. The urban areas allow people to make shorter get-away trips and enjoy a city’s great sights, restaurants and arts.

Buyers who want to get a place in another country find timeshares, also known as fractional ownership dwellings, appealing because it avoids the nettlesome process of buying in a place with foreign language with different realty laws, Kempf says.

What’s the next hot market? Kempf is seeing a big interest in Tuscany region of Italy and France’s Provence. As the Baby Boomer general gets older, Palm Springs, Calif., has a lot of promise to be a hot market for years to come, predicts Anderson.

National Recovery

Houston’s housing market, which just recorded its best month in four years, has definitely pulled out of the doldrums. And it looks like most of the nation is experiencing a recovery as well.

"You're going to see an excellent housing recovery," said Margaret Kelly, chief executive officer of Re/Max, in a speech to the Denver conference. "We are poised beautifully for home values to go up."

"You're going to see an excellent housing recovery," said Margaret Kelly, chief executive officer of Re/Max. "We are poised beautifully for home values to go up."

The inventory of homes for sale has been shrinking and in some places the market is tight with homes getting multiple offers.

"The housing market reached bottom a year ago,” said Ted C. Jones, chief economist of Stewart Title. “We have no inventory.”

The economists and experts at the real estate editors conference indicated a consensus of belief that home prices will go up over the next year, perhaps as much as 3 to 5 percent.

Other Observations

The NAREE conference hosted dozens of economists and CEOs of realty firms from around the country at its conference at the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver. Other comments included:

• Resurrecting the home building business may take a while, says David Crowe, chief economist of the National Association of Home Builders. It’s still difficult for builders to get financing. Building materials manufacturers have shut down. And land developers have not been creating many new communities and home lots. So even though the demand for new homes is rising, creating new homes for consumers is a slow process.

• Uncertainty abounds for home buyers. Some consumers fear that another decline in home prices will occur, said Scott Ryles, CEO of Home Value Insurance Co. Ryles’ firm has created an insurance policy for buyers, giving them coverage if the value of their house takes a dive.

• Home buyers are still interested in green homes, but consumers have a hard time balancing their desire to be green and being able to afford it. Architect LaVerne Williams of Environment Associates says flat “living roofs” that allow people to have an insulating layer of soil and growing plants atop their houses are a growing trend. For custom home buyers, the people who want to spend for a green home often opt for solar power systems, says Denver builder Gene Myers of New Town Builders. Solar is sexy. But other energy savings mechanisms are a harder sell. “It’s hard to get people excited about extra insulation,” Myers says.

Ralph Bivins, founding editor of RealtyNewsReport.com, is a past president of the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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Hill Country town puts a Texas twist on Carnival season for 18th-annual Cowboy Mardi Gras

Cowboy Mardi Gras

New Orleans may be top of mind for Mardi Gras, but Texas has its fair share of Fat Tuesday festivities. While Galveston's may be the state's oldest celebration and San Antonio wins points for actual floats (courtesy of the River Walk), one little Hill Country town has put its own spin on the annual event for almost twenty years.

Known as the "Cowboy Capital of the World," Bandera hosts a three-day Cowboy Mardi Gras that attracts over 15 thousand people from all over the world to the town of 839 residents. Featuring traditional cajun bands, country music, a Cowboy Mardi Gras parade, costume contests, gumbo cook-off, and more, the 2023 iteration takes place from February 9 to 11.

Bandera is located a little over two hours from Austin, a pleasant trek for those looking for a colorful start to Carnival season. This year's event honors James and Stella McGroarty, former owners of Bandera's 11th Cowboy Bar, who will act as the 2023 Cowboy Mardi Gras Parade Grand Marshals.

With a 20,000 square foot bar and 70-foot stage, the bar is one of the largest music venues in the Texas Hill Country, housed in a historic wood-framed building with a porch out front and expansive outdoor venue area out back. James McGroarty acquired the bar in 2006, transforming it into the destination it is today and elevating the town's annual Cowboy Mardi Gras Parade to the party it is today.

In July 2022, D. Foster, Melinie Ivey, and Richard and Sasha Sutton purchased the bar from McGroarty, planning to carry on McGroarty's legacy.

"We are so honored to take on the tradition of the 18th Annual Cowboy Mardi Gras Parade," says Richard Sutton in a release. "Bandera is a remarkable town that knows how to throw one hell of a party and we're looking to carry on that tradition."

“James McGroarty has said that 11th Street Cowboy Bar is all about providing the best Country Western music experience in Texas and sharing drinks with good friends," adds D. Foster. "He wanted to make all things in Bandera bigger than life. This is why we bought the bar and we want to carry on James McGroarty's legacy."

This year's lineup of live music will feature a variety of artists including Deanna Carter, Gary P. Nunn, Dale Watson, Jake Worthington, and many more. Find a full lineup of music and daily activities at cowboymardigrasbandera.com, as well as ticketing information. Tickets for the festivities start at $75 in advance or $85 at the door.

Photo by Tessa Kolodny

The three-day celebration brings over 15,000 people from all over the world to Bandera.

Houston's Top Chef Season 19 star joins NYC veteran to open Heights 'New Asian American' restaurant

Top Chef star's new restaurant

One of this year’s most eagerly anticipated new restaurants has opened its doors. Jūn begins dinner service on Tuesday, February 7.

Chefs Evelyn Garcia and Henry Lu have teamed up to open Jūn. Best known for her run to the finals of Top Chef’s Houston-based, Season 19, Garcia also served as the executive chef at Decatur Bar & Pop-up Factory, where she earned praise for her Thai dishes, and as the chef-owner of Kin, the stand she operated at the Politan Row food hall that evolved into a regular vendor at a number of Houston-area farmers markets.

Prior to returning home to Houston, Garcia worked at a number of prominent New York restaurants, including Jean George Spice Market and Kin Shop, which was created by Top Chef season one winner Harold Dieterle. Lu brings a similarly impressive resume from New York, including time at Pearl and Ash, Brooklyn’s Llama Inn, and as the executive chef of the Four Happy Men Hospitality Group.

Together, the two friends have created a restaurant they’re describing as “New Asian American.” It includes a range of influences that blends their diverse professional experiences as well as their time living and eating in New York.

“[The menu] showcases our background as first generation children with an eclectic upbringing and having both worked in New York City restaurants,” Garcia writes in an email. “We think of food in a similar way, which is why it's so effortless for us to create together.”

Jūn’s menu includes a wide array of dishes, including a charcuterie board with house-cured meats and smoked rye bread; beef tartare with toasted rice; and carrots with salsa macha, Salvadorian cheese, and quail egg. Entrees include a whole roasted fish that’s seasoned with guajillo and fried chicken that’s marinated in shrimp paste.

Top Chef fans may recognize the shrimp aguachile, which is similar to the snapper dish Garcia created to win the challenge in episode six. Similarly, the lamb with curry takes inspiration from the brisket curry she served in episode five that had Padma Lakshmi raving “Where have you been all my life? This is the curry I’ve been looking for.”

All that eating happens in a 57-seat dining room. Located in the former Steel City Pops/Central City CoOp space at 420 E 20th St., Garcia explains that one specific design feature sold her and Lu on the space.

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Chefs Evelyn Garcia and Henry Lu have teamed up at Jūn.

“The location has always had the bones for a beautiful restaurant in my eyes so when it was brought to us as a potential location we were ecstatic,” she writes. “We both have only worked in open kitchens in New York, so just the thought of us having a completely visible kitchen is what sold us.”

They worked with Houston’s Gin Design Group (The Lymbar, Mala Sichuan’s Heights location) on the interior. Local artists, including Sierra Estes and Demi Mixon Kahn, have their work on display at the restaurant.

Garcia and Lu introduced Jūn with a series of pop-ups over the past few months. Word of mouth from last week’s invite-only, friends and family services has been overwhelmingly positive. All that’s left is to open the doors. So, chefs, do you feel ready?

“We prepared, prepped and even prepped our staff for what's about to come. Eventually, you have to let it all just happen,” Garcia writes. “One thing we know for sure is that we are able to adapt and pivot as we need when these doors finally open.”

Jūn opens for dinner nightly at 5 pm. Weekend brunch service will begin in the coming weeks.

Be the matching puzzle piece for Shila, a smart foxhound mix at the Houston SPCA

Adoptable Dog

Did you discover a love of puzzles during the pandemic? So did Shila, the three-year-old foxhound mix that's currently at the Houston SPCA.

Thanks to her breed instincts, Shila loves to learn and is happiest solving treat puzzles, playing games, and digging into a challenging bone-type chew. Stuffed toys, however, might not last long.

She also excels at learning new commands, having already mastered "sit" and "back up." Another bonus: She is completely crate-trained.

Shila tends to do best around more mellow dogs, and always wants to be by her humans' side.

Thanks to Houston Texans punter Cameron Johnston and his wife, Tia, who are sponsoring Shila, her adoption fees are completely covered.

That includes Shila's microchip, spay surgery, up-to-date vaccinations, a free sample bag of Hill’s Pet Nutrition, and a free post-exam from any VCA Animal Hospital.

You can meet Shila and all the other adoptable pets at the Houston SPCA, which is open every day from 11 am-6 pm.

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She's crate-trained and good at learning commands.