Nibbles and Sips

Jamaica Pon Di Road, 2213 S Victory Dr., offers staples like jerk chicken and oxtails. Its brick-and-mortar location opened its doors in early August. 

A new development in the Heights has added a dessert purveyor, a restaurant and a liquor store to its roster.

Shepherd Row, 1002 N. Shepherd Drive, is a project of Braun Enterprises, which announced the openings of its new tenants in an Instagram post.

Pudgy's Fine Cookies is adding its first storefront.

Pudgy’s joins Crawfish Cafe, a Viet-Cajun restaurant, and Longhorn Liquors, a Beaumont-based liquor store chain with locations across the Houston area.

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Cowboys & Indians expanding to Rice Military

A Fourth Ward restaurant serving Southern and Indian fare has set its sights on expanding to the Greater Heights.

Cowboys & Indians Tex-In Kitchen is adding a location in Rice Military at 519 Shepherd Drive. 

The location previously housed Local Pizza and Burgers, Doberman's Bar & Grill and BRC Gastropub.

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Moon Rabbit replaces Vietnam Restaurant on 19th Street

A contemporary Vietnamese restaurant is replacing the former Vietnam Restaurant at 605 W. 19th St.

Moon Rabbit is the latest Heights area concept from the group behind Tikila's, 2708 N. Shepherd Drive, a tiki-inspired patio bar specializing in cocktails, frozen margaritas and mojitos.

Moon Rabbit is operating as a virtual kitchen, with a limited menu available via Uber Eats:

Whitmeyer’s Distilling Co. opens in Heights

A well-known Houston-area distillery has moved to a new location in the Heights.

Whitmeyer’s Distilling Co., formerly of Spring Branch, opened Wednesday at 5301 Nolda St.

Whitmeyer’s offers Bourbon & Rye Whiskey, Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey, Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Texas Peach Whiskey. It also sells Texas-made Space City Vodka.

The distillery’s tasting room hours are 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, and noon- 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Reata Cellars coming to Heights

A boutique winery is coming to the Heights, according to sales tax permits filed with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

Reata Cellar is opening its storefront at 633 W. 19th St., Ste. B, within a retail plaza built by Braun Development. Reata Cellars will offer wine tastings and have bottles of wine for purchase.

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Jamaican food truck opens brick-and-mortar spot in Acres Homes

A Jamaican food truck now has a permanent home in Acres Homes.

Jamaica Pon Di Road, 2213 S Victory Dr., opened its doors in early August.

The restaurant serves traditional Jamaican favorites like jerk chicken and pork, jerk chicken nachos, oxtails and the Insane Bolt Burger featuring a jerk-seasoned patty, sharp cheddar cheese, and island aioli served on a sweet bun.

Jamaica Pon Di Road is open from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Chick’n Cone fundraises for special needs dogs on National Dog Day

Chick’n Cone, 1919 N. Shepherd Drive Ste. B, is hosting a National Dog Day fundraiser party benefiting Caitie’s Foster Fam, a local nonprofit, according to a news release from Marie Elgamal of Pop Studios PR.

The event is set to take place at Chick’n Cone from 4 pm.-7 p.m. Aug. 26.

Guests can meet Caitie Evers, founder of Caitie's Foster Fam, and adoptable dogs, learn about fostering dogs, and enjoy food and drink specials.

The restaurant will donate $1 from every meal to Caitie’s Foster Fam. 

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