Food briefs: Ritual being redeveloped for Korean BBQ

Ritual's last day of operation will be April 4. (Photo from Facebook)

Delicious Concepts Restaurant Group recently announced its plans to redevelop the Ritual space in the Heights, 602 Studewood St., into the Korean BBQ concept Mapojeong Galbijib.

“The pandemic was such a difficult time for most of us and I decided about halfway through it that once able, we would emerge as Mapojeong Galbijib and offer guests a new (Korean BBQ) experience in a fun and vibrant environment that they have never seen before,” Delicious Concepts CEO Ken Bridge in a news release.

Mapojeong Galbijib will serve up prime-graded protein and in-house, dry-aged beef and pork. It will also feature a selection of infused Soju and Asian-inspired house-crafted cocktails.

“We wanted to create a guest experience that blends the best of my travels to Seoul and my time growing up in L.A.’s Koreatown with a modern attitude and approach,” Bridge said.

Ritual’s last day of service will be April 4. Mapojeong Galbijib is expected to open in mid- to late May.

Inaugural food and beverage series

Second Servings, a Houston-based nonprofit that fights hunger and seeks to end food waste, is hosting its inaugural “Fight Hunger, End Waste. Food & Beverage Series” during the month of April.

Throughout April, 15 Houston restaurants will showcase a zero-waste cocktail or dish to help raise awareness for Second Servings’ mission.

“We created this program to not only drive awareness to two very pressing needs - food insecurity and food waste - but to also support the food and beverage industry,” Second Servings spokesperson Kristen Torrez said in a news release.

Of the participating restaurants, local efforts will come from Hando and Kanpai Club, 518 W. 11th St., with a dish and cocktail called Chickpea Harumaku and Gin-za Fizz, respectively; Local Foods, 714 Yale St., with the dish Zero-Waste Shrimp Caesar Salad; Sticky’s Chicken, 2311 Edwards St., with the dish Spicy Chicken Nuggets & Rice; and Tacos A Go Go, 3401 W. T.C. Jester Blvd., with its dish Taco De Lengua.

For every dish or cocktail sold, the restaurants and bars will donate $1, and for every $1 donated, $50 worth of food can be delivered to a local charity through Second Servings’ food rescue efforts.

The 915 temporarily closes

The 915, 2914 White Oak Dr., recently opened in the Heights and is now temporarily closed due to owner Vanessa Lomeli undergoing treatment for a medical emergency, according to Eater Houston.

The restaurant, which specializes in El Paso-inspired cuisine, is expected to being operations again when Lomeli is able.

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