Heights - River Oaks - Montrose | Nov. 2020

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COMING SOON 9 Eyes on the Heights , a new locally owned and operated optometry practice, is expected to open this fall at 2401 N. Shepherd Drive, Ste. 110, Houston. The practice will serve the Greater Heights area with primary eye care services, eye exams, glasses and contact lenses. www.eyesontheheights.com 10 A new 1980s-themed diner, Hungry Like The Wolf , is working to open by the end of the year at 920 Studemont St., Houston. From the name inspired by the Duran Duran hit to the interior design scheme, the concept offers a throwback to the decade, including a weekend brunch where guests are encouraged to wear their best ‘80s attire. www.hungrylikethewolfhouston.com 11 The Seafood Connection , a Char- lotte, North Carolina-based restaurant specializing in fresh seafood and secret sauces, has signed a lease for its first Houston location at 507 Westheimer Road in the Montrose area, according to a news release from Davis Commercial. An opening time frame was not immediately available. 980-859-1194. www.seafoodconnectiontogo.com EXPANSIONS 12 The real estate firm Compass opened a permanent office at 4200 Westheimer Road, Houston, in September and has announced plans to open new of- fices in The Woodlands, the Heights and in the Memorial area in 2021. Compass has handled $1.3 billion in transactions in Houston this year as of Sept. 1 and is No. 1 in market share by active listing dollar volume in the Houston area, according to a news release. 832-899-4788. 13 The Christian Community Service Center , a coalition of 39 area churches providing social services, has moved into the new J. Dean Robinson Building on the W.T. & Louise J. Moran Campus, 3434 Branard St., Houston, after about a year of construction. “In the new building, we look forward to rededicating ourselves to our mission of serving the poor, hungry, disabled and otherwise needy while respecting their religious, ethnic or cultural differences,” Executive Director Michelle Shonbeck said. The building will offer expanded spaces for the CCSC’s programming, including its food bank, www.compass.com IN THE NEWS

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NOWOPEN 1 The new Target store in the Shep- herd Square Shopping Center, 2075 Westheimer Road, opened Oct. 25. The store replaces a former Randalls grocery store footprint with 63,000 square feet and is the chain’s first “small format” store in Houston. The store includes typ- ical Target offerings, including grab-and- go grocery items, a Starbucks and a CVS Pharmacy. The location also supports curbside and in-store pickup options. www.target.com 2 Hurts Donut , a Springfield, Missou- ri-based chain, moved its location orig- inally located in the Katy area to 5801 Memorial Drive, Houston, and opened Oct. 22. The chain is known for its wide variety of doughnuts with toppings such as breakfast cereal and bacon. The store is open 24 hours. The chain also operates an “Emergency Donut Vehicle” that offers pop-up service at various locations. 346-387-9900. www.hurtsdonutco.com 3 The fitness-focused coffee shop Active Passion , 802 Usener St., Hous- ton, opened Oct. 22. The shop offers a traditional coffee shop experience, including locally roasted coffee drinks as well as teas, with an eye toward serving the health and fitness community with

healthy meal options and post-workout mocktail drinks, bike racks with locks, a bike service station, community events and group activities. www.myactivepassion.com 4 Robot Noodle , a new restaurant by Delicious Concepts Group, has opened at 1221 W. 11th St., Houston, taking over the former space of Blackbird Izakaya, the group announced Oct. 7. The restaurant offers dine-in and carryout services for its customizable bowls, which feature a selection of proteins, vegetables, rice or noodles with a choice of sauce. Other menu options include pad thai, fried rice and ramen, among other items. Orders can be placed through the Roovy app. Delivery options will also be available. www.robot8noodle.com 5 The River Oaks Theatre , 2009 W. Gray St., Houston, reopened for the first time Sept. 9 since being closed in March because of COVID-19. The theater is oper- ating with capacity limits, seating policies and mask requirements. As of mid-Octo- ber, it was offering one or two screenings per day for three films. 713-524-2175. www.landmarktheatres.com 6 A new bar, Permission Whiskey & Service Co. , located at 2920 White Oak Drive, opened with full service in early October. The bourbon-focused bar has

hundreds of American whiskeys behind the bar as well as cocktails and wine by the glass, along with a wine-bar styled food menu with charcuterie, cheese and oysters. www.permissionwhiskey.com 7 Dual concepts from Atlanta-based restaurateurs, Lifting Noodles and Poke Burri , opened in August at 2503 Bagby St., Houston. Lifting Noodle offers a slate of ramen dishes, while Poke Burri has creative takes on poke, such as burritos, doughnuts and pizza featuring cuts of fish. 346-867-6405. www.liftingnoodlesramen.com 8 SoClutch Group’s latest bar and restaurant concept, The Sporting Club , opened Oct. 22 at 5102 Washington Ave., Houston. The lounge and restaurant offers an 8,000-square-foot space featuring a 2,400-square-foot retractable roof, an interior that draws on garden-like elements, exposed brick and an open floor plan. Houston chef E.J. Miller, formerly of Coppa Ristorante, Riel and International Smoke, serves as executive chef. The bar program was created in collaboration with the local bar experts Ladies of Libation; it offers frozen and house cocktails, botani- cals, beer and wine as well as party-sized orders of 10 batch-made cocktails in a

minikeg. 832-206-8944. www.soclutchgroup.com

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