Crumbl Cookies

Crumbl Cookies, a Utah-based chain, is moving into Heights Marketplace in the Washington Avenue area. The new location, at 174 Yale St. Ste. 700, would be the seventh in the Houston area. (Photo from Facebook)

Crumbl Cookies, a Utah-based chain, plans to move into the Heights Marketplace development just south of Interstate 10, real estate firm Orr Commercial announced in a June 29 Facebook post. Franchise co-owner Chandler Mott said the opening is targeted for October.

The new location, at 174 Yale St. Ste. 700, would be Crumbl's seventh in the Houston area. The retail space was formerly a Batteries Plus Bulbs outlet.

Crumbl has a rotating menu, with four different specialty flavors rolled out weekly, such as Cornbread, Coconut Lime, Hazelnut Mudslide, and Mallow Sandwich, a marshmallow cookie sandwich made using OREO pieces. Always available are the milk chocolate chip and chilled sugar cookie flavors.

“Crumbl is a very unique operating model,” Mott said. “I don’t know any other restaurants that change their menu every single week. I like the idea of always having a fresh menu for the customers. Not only that, but on the back end, Crumbl continues to develop new flavors. We have about 160 right now.”

The sweets purveyor also sells ice cream by the half-pint, including vanilla, hot chocolate, peanut butter chocolate and sea salt toffee flavors.

Abu Omar Halal adds food truck on Yale Street

Foodies in the Heights have another place to get their chicken shawarma fix.

Abu Omar Halal, which began as a single food truck in Houston in 2015 and has since expanded to a fleet of food trucks and brick-and-mortar locations across Texas, Florida and Oklahoma, now has a location at the Yale Food Truck Park at 2424 Yale St.

The grand opening of the Yale Street truck is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday and runs through 3 a.m. Sunday.

Abu Omar Halal will be giving away baklava while supplies last, according to the restaurant.

The food truck also serves falafel, kabob sandwiches, gyros, keto lettuce wraps, rice bowls and salad bowls.

Abu Omar Halal is open from 11 a.m -2 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Killen’s, Xin Chao vie for best new restaurant award

A pair of Washington Avenue-area restaurants are competing in an online contest with 14 other eateries from across the Houston area vying for the honor of the year’s best new restaurant.

Killen’s, a Southern fried chicken spot, and Xin Chao, a modern Vietnamese restaurant, have been pitted against each other in a bracket for CultureMap’s 2021 Tastemaker Awards.

Ronnie Killen, a Pearland native, runs several steakhouses and barbecue joints across the Houston area, including Killen’s at 101 Heights Blvd.

Xin Chao, at 2310 Decatur St., is run by executive chefs Christine Ha and Tony Nguyen. Nguyen is also a co-founder of Wokker, a food truck which is opening a standalone location at 1848 Airline Dr.

Cherry Block seeking investors for Garden Oaks location

Felix Florez, founder of Cherry Block Craft Butcher & Texas Kitchen, is seeking investors for the upcoming Garden Oaks location.

The restaurant will reside within the Stomping Grounds, a development with restaurants, bars and retail businesses, at 1227 W. 34th St.

Investors will be able to attend a live Q&A at the Stomping Grounds on July 14. On NextSeed, a Houston-based crowdfunding startup investment website, Cherry Block has raised $168,800, or 61 percent of its $275,000 minimum target, from 206 investors. The deadline listed on the site for Cherry Block reach its funding goal is July 22.

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