Long wait for a short move:
Lemongrass relocation is
Lemongrass Café was aiming for an Aug.
5 reopening in designer digs in the first
new building of Bellaire Town Center on
Bellaire Boulevard at South Rice Avenue.
The Asian fusion lunch and dinner spot
has been on hiatus while waiting to
relocate, posting photos to social media
of stylish elements to its new interior.
What won’t change: Owners say they’re
staying true to their healthy menu
combining Thai, Japanese and Chinese
The new Lemongrass will seat up to 68
diners inside, with patio seating for 18.
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her family and friends, according to her
A globetrotting businessman who would
FaceTime with his mother from around
the world, he recalled the 4-foot-10 Alicia
as “the true backbone of our family and
the woman who raised me right, with
proper etiquette, drive and passion.
She taught me that hard work speaks
louder than words and that executing
responsibility is what makes us shine.”
The family has set a memorial service at
2 p.m. Aug. 17 at Faith Lutheran, 4600
Bellaire Blvd. Carlos said arrangements
were being made to livestream the service
for those who could not attend.
The ups and downs
of the restaurant biz
Torchy’s opening in
The long-anticipated outpost of
Torchy’s Tacos set its soft opening
with a party from 5-8 p.m. Aug.
12 with free tacos, antojitos (that’s
appetizers), beverages and merchandise
The Austin-based chain is located in the
old Chuck E. Cheese restaurant at 5537
Weslayan St. on the east side of Weslayan
The regular opening is scheduled to
follow on Aug. 14.
sudden end to Pizza Motus
A surge of positive publicity and reviews
about its unusual food and familyfriendly
style, an engaging owner, and a
cooperative City Council weren’t enough:
Pizza Motus at 6119 Edloe St. in West
University has closed after 11 months in
The announcement came via a note
tacked to the eatery’s front door: “Thank
you for the memories…Unfortunately,
Pizza Motus is out of business. We would
like to thank all of you for the support
over this last year. It was beautiful.”
Owner Will Gruy’s backstory — a
who longed to re-create the crispy, airycrusted,
rectangular pizza al’taglio he’d
fallen in love with in Rome — kicked off
the small restaurant with a promising
slew of publicity.
The fast casual spot was located in the
former Edloe Street Café and included a
simple menu of small plates, sandwiches
and healthy salads and grain bowls, as
well as BYOB with no corkage fee.
More than 70 largely raving reviews on
Yelp had earned it 4 ½ stars out of 5
possible and accolades such as, “This
is the neighborhood pizza nook of your
Just the previous month, the City Council
unanimously — and without discussion
— approved an alcohol variance permit
to clear the way for beer and wine
sales at the restaurant, a regulatory
necessity because of its proximity to West
University Elementary School.
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