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Houston’s new botanical garden opens

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It’s a loss for golfers but a big win for plant lovers. After decades in the planning stage, the Houston Botanic Garden finally opened September 18 on the former Glenbrook Golf Course in southeast Houston. The garden serves as yet another draw for locals and visitors to explore Sims Bayou, a watershed area near Hobby Airport that already includes miles of walking and biking trails and countless places to launch canoes.

a garden with greenery and white flowers

“The garden will showcase international and native plant collections, educational classes for children and adults, and provide engaging programming that will embrace the garden and natural settings,” said Justin Lacey, director of communications and community engagement at Houston Botanic Garden. The international firm West 8 designed and managed the overall garden project, with Harvey Cleary Builders as the general contractor. Houston’s Clark Condon designed the garden’s planting and soil, with installation by Landscape Art.

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CapFed Best News: Jong’s Thai Kitchen opens with customers’ needs in mind – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

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Banjong Jongthep has always dreamed of owning her own restaurant. After working at Tuptim Thai and co-owning A-Hann Thai, she has branched out and decided to run her own kitchen.

JongThep, along with co-owners Nimm and Derek Ragsdale, has opened Jong’s Thai Kitchen at 800 S.W. 12th St. Many will recognize the Thai restaurant’s new home as the former location of Cafe Holliday and, for a short time after that, La Casita Cafe.

While small inside, the restaurant offers customers a warm and inviting feel. Large windows at the front of the restaurant are framed by trees and offer a nice view of the park located across the street.

The restaurant, which opened Sept. 21, specializes in Thai dishes that are handcrafted by Jongthep herself.

Jong’s Thai Kitchen is open 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

The

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East End Backyard Opens, Jollof Rice King Debuts Next Week

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East End Backyard, 1105 Sampson, opens October 9. The spacious outdoor venue from owner and Houston Dynamo legend Brian Ching offers a bar with a 16,000 square foot dog-friendly patio with a 3,500-square-foot dog park. The massive outdoor space offers plenty of social distancing room for lawn games, relaxing with pod friends and live music. The full bar has 25 beers and ciders on tap, including local selections from 8th Wonder, Saint Arnold, Eureka Heights and No Label plus a cocktail menu. For nosh, there will be a rotating line-up of local food trucks.

Ching, who also owns Pitch 25 Beer Park, launched a NextSeed crowdfunding campaign for East End Backyard last May. In a press release from business partner Nick Scurfield of the Scurfield Group public relations agency, Ching said:  “We wanted to create a laidback outdoor space where people could socialize with friends. Right now, our top

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‘Olde Good Things’ Antique Store Opens In Hell’s Kitchen

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HELL’S KITCHEN, NY — A rarity amid a dire retail climate in New York City, an expansive new business has arrived in Hell’s Kitchen: Olde Good Things, an antique and architectural salvage store, which opened in the neighborhood on Friday.

The 8,000-square-foot, two-floor space on West 52nd Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues has room for large reclaimed items, including gates, columns and windows, as well as light fixtures, mirrors and other furniture, the company said in a news release.

The store is also selling reclaimed items from New York landmarks, including the Waldorf Astoria, the Plaza Hotel and the Flatiron Building, the store said.

The Hell’s Kitchen location joins two existing Olde Good Things stores on Bowery and the Upper West Side, as well as locations in Los Angeles and Scranton, Pa.

The shops are operated by the Church of Bible Understanding, a Pennsylvania-based Evangelical Christian church which has

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San Francisco’s Farmhouse Kitchen opens glitzy Thai restaurant in Menlo Park, indoor dining included | Peninsula Foodist | Elena Kadvany

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San Francisco Thai restaurant Farmhouse Kitchen has opened a glitzy new location in Menlo Park, offering limited indoor and outdoor dining, takeout and delivery.

Farmhouse Kitchen has revamped the 4,000-square-foot space at 1165 Merrill St., across from the Caltrain station, decking it out with opulent decorations (including handmade gold Thai chandeliers and flower wall), a private dining room, a lounge area with velvet chairs and gleaming full bar. The restaurant opened barely a week after San Mateo County announced that indoor dining could resume at 25% capacity or with 100 people, whichever is fewer.


The ornate dining room at Farmhouse Kitchen in Menlo Park. Photo courtesy Farmhouse Kitchen.

But the “new normal guidelines” for dining in at Farmhouse Kitchen includes a health screening, temperature check, masks required when diners aren’t eating or drinking and parties of no more than six people with reservations capped at 90 minutes. The restaurant also

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Chefs Kitchen opens in Lake Wylie, SC, with seafood, steak

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The Chicken Piccata at Chef’s Kitchen is served with roasted potatoes and asparagus for $20.

The Chicken Piccata at Chef’s Kitchen is served with roasted potatoes and asparagus for $20.

Chef Anthony Smith and Chef Taylor Bishop will open the doors to Chef’s Kitchen near Lake Wylie on Oct. 1. Starting at 11 a.m., the new Clover, South Carolina, restaurant and banquet facility will begin serving patrons in their indoor and outdoor spaces for brunch, lunch and dinner. The space was formerly occupied by The Cove and prior to that, River Rat.

To celebrate the grand opening, there will be a DJ playing on Oct. 2. The festivities will take place on the patio from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Reservations can be made using OpenTable.

“I never thought we’d be opening a restaurant. This is a dream come true,” Bishop said.

Chefs Smith and Bishop are partners in Chef’s Kitchen in South End as well as the new Lake Wylie location. Courtesy of Anthony Smith. .jpg
Chefs Anthony Smith and Taylor Bishop are partners in Chef’s Kitchen in South End, as well as the new location in
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