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Openings & Closings: Oh, Hello Hamburger Mary’s, Farewell Triniti

Diners are encouraged to “eat, drink and be Mary” at Hamburger Mary’s.
Photo by Danielle Martinez

Funky, friendly San Francisco-based Hamburger Mary’s is headed to Houston. The bar and grille where diners are encouraged to “eat, drink and be Mary,” is scheduled to open at 2409 Grant the weekend of February 24, as reported by Sam Byrd, freelance writer for the Houston Press. The restaurant is famous for its food and daily entertainment including drag performances, bingo nights, variety shows and Broadway-themed celebrations. Over a dozen franchised locations exist all over the country, and news of the arrival in the Bayou City has been greeted on social media with lots of cheer and excitement.

After a weekend of private events for the Super Bowl, Potente officially opened to the public on February 7 and following on its heels is sister restaurant, Osso & Kristalla, slated to open on February 20. Having played the name game for months since March of last year, Astros owner Jim Crane chose to name the more higher-end of the two restaurants, Potente, in honor of his youngest son James’s nickname. Similarly, Osso & Kristalla were chosen for son, Jared, and daughter Krystal’s nicknames.

The menu and space at Potente is designed to reflect a sophisticated Italian restaurant reminiscent of an Italian villa and will feature a spacious bar, three private dining rooms and a special chef’s table in the wine room. Osso & Kristalla is more of a casual, modern trattoria with an open kitchen and an outdoor patio.

The kitchen team includes executive chef Michael Parker (Jim Crane’s personal chef and executive chef of the Floridian National Golf Club), with chef Micah Rideout (formerly of Tarakaan and KUU) as chef de cuisine, and chef David Berg (executive pastry chef of Tony’s and Phoenicia) as the executive pastry chef, according to a press release. Both restaurants are located at 1515 Texas in downtown Houston.

Fans of Cake Boss star Joe Faugno need not wait any longer for his cannoli. The reality television star is opening Carlo’s Bakery in The Woodlands next week. Eater Houston reported that a smaller kiosk version of the chain will open inside The Woodlands Mall and will offer 20 different sweet and savory options, including the famous cannoli and lobster tails. Faugno also told Eater that a full-line bakery is in the future for Houston.

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