Glazed the Doughnut Cafe Opens in the Med Center: Hot Stuff 24-7

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Grab one of these doughnuts on the soft opening day, July 26.
Get ready for Glazed -- a 24-hour doughnut shop that will present a more than welcome alternative in food and drink, located right in the heart of Houston's Medical Center.

Scheduled to hold its soft opening on Saturday, July 26, at 6 a.m., Glazed will stay open around the clock, right from the start, ready to host all comers: hospital personnel, passersby, and friends and relatives of patients, who all might be looking for a setting other than the hospital cafeteria.

Back in June, owner Edose Ohen told us how he wants Glazed to be a consumer-driven.

"We are in a very awkward space, but we created strategic seating so that people can actually feel comfortable to come in there, sit down, have a kolache, or if they need to study, we have high-speed Wi-Fi, it's free for our customers, of course, and restrooms and all that good stuff so you can create an environment that is conducive to actually sit down, relax and stay there for a while."

The only other 24-hour doughnut shop in Houston is the Shipley's at 12225 Westheimer, nearly 20 miles away from the Med Center.

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Openings & Closings: Fluffernutters Are Coming to Midtown

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Susie Jimenez closed Trenza on July 12.
The Owl Bar at 3200 Kirby will close after the weekend of July 26. The Upper Kirby bar won't be gone for long though; there are plans to reopen The Owl Bar at 2221 West Alabama sometime during the fall of this year. For three days (July 24-26), The Owl Bar will have a "closeout" weekend to get rid of all the booze.

In a surprising (or not so surprising, depending on your outlook) turn of events, Susie Jimenez announced on Friday, July 11, that her Upper Kirby restaurant, Trenza, would close the following day after dinner service. The Houston Press profiled Jimenez in a chef chat that same week where she gave no hint or indication that she would be shutting down her restaurant. In fact, she proclaimed plans of sticking around for a while and not giving up, despite rumors of Trenza failing financially.

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Tout Suite Opens Soon Bringing Macarons, Eclairs & Homemade Food

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Tout Suite is getting close to opening in East Downtown.
Tout Suite, sister company to Sweet Bakery in CityCentre, is just weeks away from opening. Despite typical delays from meeting city permit requirements and whatnot, the cafe, bakery and coffee shop is inching closer to opening its doors in East Downtown at 2001 Commerce. Tout Suite translates from French to English as "right away," and that's the premise behind this establishment.

Anne Le, president of Tout Suite, describes it as a European-style cafe, bistro and bakery where customers can snack on an array of pastries and sweets while sipping on a cup of coffee, or enjoy a quick, inexpensive and tasty meal.

"Since we've outgrown our very, very small bakery in CityCentre, we found this other opportunity to not only expand our kitchen, but to also serve other food that we are passionate about," Le says. "So, beyond our cupcakes and our macarons we worked hard to build our reputation on, we're branching out to also simple soups, salads and sandwiches to offer the neighborhood that we chose to be in more than just our baked goods."

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Snap Kitchen Opens Downtown Location & Offers Light, Tasty Meals

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Snap Kitchen offers a salad trio of Thai chicken salad, mustard egg salad and smoked salmon salad with gluten-free crackers.
Snap Kitchen opened its newest location downtown Monday at 1200 McKinney in The Shops at Houston Center and the surprise was with all that emphasis on health, its food tastes really good.

The Houston Press received a sampling of the various menu items available and just about every meal resonated well with our staff, especially the grab-and-go salads.

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Susie Jimenez Announces Trenza Will Close Saturday, July 12

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Susie Jimenez announced Trenza will close Saturday, July 12.
In a surprising turn of events, Susie Jimenez, owner and chef at Trenza, has announced that her West AVE restaurant's last service will be Saturday, July 12. The Houston Press received this statement from Jimenez:

"It's with great regret that I am announcing the closing of Trenza at West AVE. Our last service at this location will be on Saturday night and will be followed by a private liquidation of our wine cellar next Friday. After a careful review of our operations since our open, we had to make the difficult decision as a team to cease operations.

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Fluff Bake Bar's Rebecca Masson Secures a Space for Her Brick & Mortar Bakery

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Rebecca Masson sometimes goes by the moniker "sugar hooker," because she brings sweets to the masses. And she's sassy.
Back in December, the "sugar hooker" Rebecca Masson launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 to help build out her dream bakery. Hundreds of Houstonians donated more than $53,000 to the cause, but then Masson got back to work, and we didn't hear much more about the upcoming bakery. Until now.

Today, Masson announced that she's secured a space at 304 Gray in Midtown, the former location of Sweet Lola Yogurt Bar, for her bakery Fluff Bake Bar. She anticipates spending the next three to four months turning the space into the ideal dessert bar and opening late this fall.

"Every person who graduates from culinary school says 'I'm going to open a restaurant or bakery,' and out of 5,000 people, maybe five of them do," Masson says. "So I've been saying this since I graduated culinary school. It's time to pull on my big girl panties and do it!"

When it opens, the bakery will be the first of its kind in Houston, thanks in large part to Masson's experience in professional pastry kitchens across the country and her notion that everything tastes a little sweeter with some bubbly (and beer) to go with it.

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Openings & Closings: CorkScrew BBQ Is Getting a New Pit

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CorkScrew BBQ will only be closed for a few weeks in August.
Before you freak out, CorkScrew BBQ is not closing for good, just for a few weeks to install a new pit. The Spring barbecue spot made the announcement via Facebook on July 8: "We will be closing August 3rd to start rebuilding the pit room, adding a awning, removing the old pit by crane, putting in the new pit by crane, seasoning it, seasoning it and seasoning it." It's going to be a lot of work, so CorkScrew BBQ will reopen on August 26 at 11 a.m. with a brand-spanking-new pit.

Florida-based Pollo Tropical opens its first Houston location today at 11400 Broadway in Pearland. The grand-opening begins at 10:30 a.m. for the public, featuring games, contests and prizes. Enjoy fried yuca or sweet plantains with a guava BBQ pork sandwich or a TropiChop bowl composed of your choice of meat, vegetables, rice, toppings and sauce.

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Cacao & Cardamom to Open Storefront in the Galleria Area Today

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Rupani's chocolates look more like tiny works of art than sweet treats.
For the past two years, Annie Rupani's Cacao & Cardamom chocolates have won first place in the dessert/cheese plate category at the Rodeo's Best Bites competition, an honor bestowed by area food writers and local celebrities. It's no small feat, especially considering Rapani is only 25 years old.

Even more impressive: Today, only 18 months after launching Cacao & Cardamom out of her parents' kitchen and rented spaces around town, Rupani is opening a storefront of her own. Cacao & Cardamom will open its doors at 11 a.m. at 5000 Westheimer, Suite 602, in the Centre at Post Oak.

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Openings & Closings: Confusion at Osteria Mazzantini

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Osteria Mazzantini will close on Saturday after being in operation for less than a year.
Unlike past weeks, this week was filled with upsetting and shocking closings. First, let's start with Osteria Mazzantini. On Tuesday, July 1, chef and owner John Sheely informed CultureMap Houston that his newest restaurant, Osteria Mazzantini, which opened in August 2013, would serve its last meal on Saturday, July 5. Sheely explained that the 2200 Post Oak Boulevard space would be replaced with a new concept from Green Cafe Management, called Ruggles Kitchen. But, in a turn of events, Sheely informed CultureMap's Eric Sandler that the restaurant would not be closing. In a text message to Sandler, Sheely wrote, "We are staying open. No further comments. Thanks."

Jarro Cafe, located at 1521 Gessner in Spring Branch, quietly closed at the end of June. One commenter mentioned the Mexican restaurant might have shut its doors, and Houstonia's Katharine Shilcutt confirmed the speculations. Jarro Cafe placed a sign on the front door stating, "Closed due to the poor infrastructure of the building. Sorry Jarro Cafe." Shilcutt also reported that the building was mostly empty as a lot of the furniture and décor had been removed. The taco truck remains open, though.

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Texas Blizzard Shave Ice Receives a Proclamation from the (Dairy) Queen

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The company is taking the cease and desist letter in stride.
blizzard (bliz´erd) n. 1 a severe thunderstorm characterized by colt temperatures and heavy drifting of snow 2 an overwhelming number or amount; deluge 3 a frozen treat made by Dairy Queen and only Dairy Queen.

No, wait, that third definition isn't accurate, though it may soon be if the fast food restaurant gets its way. The creator of the Blizzard, a blended ice cream treat introduced in 1946, sent a cease and desist letter to a local company, Texas Blizzard Shave Ice, on June 16 citing trademark infringement. Because the term "Blizzard" referring to a frozen treat is trademarked by Dairy Queen, the company feels that Texas Blizzard Shave Ice is illegally using their name.

CultureMap reported the incident earlier this week, and Lluvia Fernandez, the public relations coordinator for Texas Blizzard Shave Ice reached out to us to clear some things up.

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