Food Briefs

The Purple Kush cocktail and Wedge Salad are among the offerings planned for Trash Panda Drinking, which opened this week at 4203 Edison St. 

The ownership group behind Space Cowboy, 100 W. Cavalcade St., is opening another bar on the other side of Interstate 45.

Night Moves Hospitality, led by bar owner Greg Perez and chef Lyle Bento, announced in a July 22 news release from Scurfield Group’s Carlos Brandon that it would open the doors Friday to Trash Panda Drinking Club, 4203 Edison St.

“Edison (& Patton) was my first bar managing job and it’s in the neighborhood I grew up in, so it feels like coming home,” Perez said. “The staff and I built something special at the last bar we opened in the neighborhood a couple years ago, and we hope to bring that same feeling to Trash.”

The new bar concept will pair eclectic craft cocktails and Southern comfort food with a Mexican twist.

The drink menu at Trash Panda will include the Bubblegum Martini, made with Brooklyn gin, bubblegum broth, hibiscus, lime and Green Chartreuse, and the carbonated Purple Kush, with Santa Teresa 1796, Plantation O.F.T.D., ginger wort and lime. The Walk in the Woods features Martine Honeysuckle, violette, celery bitters, prosecco and rose water, and the Grass Chopper contains an amaro blend, ancho reyes chili, heavy cream, mint and chocolate.

In the kitchen, Trash Panda will serve up dishes like Milanese, which is battered and fried like a chicken fried steak and topped with mole, crema and queso fresco in an homage to Bento’s Mexican-American roots.

Other staples of the Trash Panda menu will be Fried Chicken Butts — half a Cornish hen served Southern-fried with mini buttermilk biscuits and a house-made spicy butter du jour — and Chip and Quesos, one plate-sized corn Tlayuda served with a two-cheese queso. The DLT is a sandwich with thick-cut bacon, iceberg lettuce and tomato slices topped with a deviled egg aioli.

Trash Panda will be open Wednesday-Monday from 4 p.m.-2 a.m., and its kitchen closes at midnight.

Tony Mandola's relocating to First Ward

A popular restaurant whose owners are considered to be culinary royalty by some in the Houston dining scene is coming to the First Ward.

According to a sales tax permit filed by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Tony Mandola’s is bringing its fusion of Creole and Italian flavors to 1017 Houston Ave. The permit for the location, which was last home to Avenue Grill, is set to begin Oct. 21, according to a sales taxpayer search of Texas Comptroller records.

The restaurant did not return calls placed Tuesday or Wednesday before press time. 

Phyllis Mandola, co-owner of the restaurant, announced the closing of its River Oaks restaurant at 1212 Waugh Dr. in a July 1 Instagram post. Tony Mandola’s served its last meal Monday at the space it had occupied since 2011.

Phyllis Mandola is the daughter of Ninfa Laurenzo, a pioneer in the local restaurant scene who founded a Tex-Mex empire.

Former Subway location listed for lease

Brixmor Property Group, which owns several Houston-area commercial properties, has listed a 1,600-square foot retail space that formerly housed a national sandwich chain.

The former Subway location at 945 N. Shepherd Dr. Unit #144902 closed in September, according to a spokesperson for VKC Group, a restaurant management firm in Sugar Land that operated the location. It resided in the Merchants Park Shopping Center at the intersection of Shepherd and West 11th Street.

Cherry Block reaches new investment goal

Cherry Block Craft Burger & Texas Kitchen achieved another milestone in its push to open its Garden Oaks location.

According to the restaurant’s NextSeed page, it reached its maximum investment goal of $400,000 before its deadline of midnight July 22.

Chef and restaurateur Felix Florez said he hopes to open at Stomping Grounds, 1223 W. 34th St., by November.

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