Restaurant Buzz

Houston Dining News for September 2013

Laurann Claridge
September 01, 2013

Benjy Levit, owner of Local Foods and Benjy’s restaurants, has inked a deal to lease the former Taco Milagro space at Westheimer and Kirby. He plans to open his second fast casual concept, Local Foods, there in January. Look for the same menu we’ve come to adore at the original Rice Village location, plus a few more dinner options …  Star chef Robert Del Grande is changing up his stellar restaurant RDG + Bar Annie. He’s hired barkeep Chris Frankel to create an internationally inspired cocktail menu focused on brandy and eau-de-vie, while Del Grande and his cuisine team will overhaul the bar bites. Meanwhile, partner/designer Candace Schiller will trick up the space. More next month about the big reveal … The Fusion Taco truck has spawned its first bricks-and-mortar location, downtown in Market Square Park. Owner Julia Sharaby has enlisted her fiancé David Grossman (former owner of Branch Water Tavern) as the fast-casual Asian-inspired concept’s chef. Although you won’t see the truck rolling around every day, it’s still available to rent … Gabe Lo and baker Sandia Horng have debuted Bite Macarons on Buffalo Speedway in the Kroger shopping center, proffering the meringue confection in an array of flavors, as well as a smattering of cakes and pastry … Susie Jimenez, a chef contestant on The Next Food Network Star competition (she didn’t win), is moving from Aspen to Houston to open Trenza (which translates to “braid”) restaurant in West Ave. The California native of Mexican descent opens her eatery this fall in the former Aldo spot and will serve a meld of Latin and India.