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Openings and closings
After a decade in business, the Houlihan's location in Live Oak shuttered on December 29. In a frank Facebook post, the restaurant chain said that the closure was the result of a November bankruptcy deal. With help from the local restaurant community, the company worked to ensure all employees could find quick jobs, either within the group or outside eateries.
Hip new downtown spot Lola Coffee Bar quietly opened December 26 at 711 Navarro St. The shop is currently offering vegan treats and plenty of caffeine from 8 am-noon, but plans to expand hours starting in January 2020.
A new concept appears to be uncorking at 5514 Lone Star Pkwy. Ste. 109, according to permit filings with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Although Senorita's Wine Bar will presumably serve bubbles, reds, and whites, little else is known about the project. A web or social media presence does not appear to have been established yet.
Other news and notes
Pinch Boil House will explore Laotian cuisine during a new monthly dinner series starting January 21. Running through the end of 2020, the supper club will feature cuisine from chef Keopraseut "Kap" Sounraj paired with beer and light snacks. Tickets will go on sale on January 2 through Eventbrite for $45.
Chef Pieter Sypesteyn's Cookhouse Restaurant, NOLA Brunch & Beignets, and Bud's Southern Rotisserie are showing their Spurs pride by offering game-day specials through the remainder of the season. Cookhouse is scoring a slam dunk with its Big 3 prix fixe with gumbo, barbecue shrimp, and beignets, while NOLA and Bud's will offer discounts and free treats to fans wearing Spurs gear.