Memorial Trail Ice House

Memorial Trail Ice House, 6202 Washington Ave., poured out 13 beers at an empty table reserved for the U.S. service members killed in an attack on the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo from Facebook)

Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the largest terrorist attack on American soil, some local restaurants paid tribute to some of the more recent casualties that occured as the U.S. military withdrew from Afghanistan, a conflict that began after planes were hijacked by Al-Qaeda members and crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in rural Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001.

In recognition of the 13 U.S. service members killed Aug. 26 in the attack on the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan as the American military worked to evacuate American citizens and allies, a local restaurant in Oak Forest and a bar in the Washington Avenue corridor found similar ways to acknowledge the sacrifices of those who lost their lives.

Valencia’s Tex-Mex Garage, 2009 W. 34th St. Ste. A, posted a photo on Facebook with a table reserved for the deceased servicemen and servicewomen and the caption “13 beers, an empty table, but never forgotten.”

Memorial Trail Ice House, 6202 Washington Ave., also poured out 13 beers at an empty table and posted a photo and a message, writing “to the 13 soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice, we salute you.”

New Spanish restaurant coming to Heights

A new Spanish restaurant is set to open in the Heights next spring, according to a report from CultureMap.

Baso, the new restaurant, is named for the Basque word for “forest” and will draw on Basque and Spanish influences. It will be located inside the new Braun Enterprises development at 627 W. 19th St.

Jacques Varon, a Houston native, and Fernando Recio are the chefs spearheading the new restaurant.

Recio told CultureMap he envisions Baso as a more affordable alternative to the high-end Spanish restaurants that have been in the spotlight in recent years like MAD and BCN.

Local restaurants closing temporarily

Three local restaurants will be closed from Sept. 6-14 to give workers time to relax due to the stresses of serving the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Eater Houston.

Coltivare, 3320 White Oak Drive; Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale St.; and Revival Market, 550 Heights Blvd., are among the six Agricole Hospitality restaurants temporarily shutting their doors.

Agricole’s owners told Eater that the group’s employees will be paid their normal rates during the time off. Normal business hours for each of its locations will resume Sept. 15.

Chivos to replace Calle Onze

Calle Onze is closing Oct. 1 to make way for a new Mexican-American restaurant, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Chivos, a project of Night Moves Hospitality, has tapped chef Thomas Bille to lead the new restaurant at 222 W. 11th St.

The name translates to “goats” in Spanish and is a reference to the acronym G.O.A.T., which stands for “greatest of all time.”

The new restaurant is expected to open later in October.

Fieri visits local restaurants for Food Network show

The mayor of Flavortown recently made a trip to the Heights.

Guy Fieri, celebrity chef and host of the Food Network series “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” paid a visit to Be More Pacific Filipino Kitchen and Bar and several other Houston area restaurants in April.

The episode featuring Be More Pacific, 506 Yale St. Ste. E, aired Sept. 3.

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