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9 Most-Anticipated Restaurant Chains Expanding to Houston

Houston’s locally-owned, locally-grown restaurants will always have our hearts, but it seems that some big names are hoping to find some love here, too. From Japanese-Peruvian fusion to a hipster taco joint, read on for the nine most-anticipated restaurants putting down roots in H-Town. Texas-based entrepreneur Travis Cook is helping bring a piece of South Carolina back to Houston with Bacon Bros. Public House. The southern concept rose to fame in Greensville, S.C., thanks to its menu loaded…

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Students from Around the World Participate in Houston Ballet Summer Program

Kirsten Hunsberger began her summer in Houston with a big question in mind. The 17-year-old from Las Vegas wanted to learn if she has what it takes to become a professional ballet dancer. Hunsberger is one of 309 young people currently training at Houston Ballet’s Summer Intensive. The annual program brings talented students from around the world to the ballet’s state-of-the-art facility downtown to live, work and breath dance for six weeks. “We come from all over and all of us have this…

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10 New Art Installations Coming to Avenida Houston

Downtown Houston will soon add ten public art installations by local Houston artists within the new Avenida Houston convention district. The artwork will be placed throughout the buildings as part of Houston First's "Houston Infusion" initiative, all of which are slated to be complete by October 15, 2016. Works fabricated in a variety of media and imagined by a diverse group of artists and collaborators will explore themes of space and technology, Houston's natural flora and fauna, reuse and…

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New Restaurants Announced for Downtown Entertainment District

Downtown Houston will soon expand its culinary landscape along the Avenida de las Americas. A series of restaurants will open on the ground floor of the George R. Brown Convention Center and in the forthcoming Marriott Marquis Houston. Grotto and Bud’s Pitmaster BBQ, among other concepts, will join downtown newcomers Pappasito’s Cantina and the recently-expanded Starbucks at the Hilton Americas-Houston, beginning the transformation of the convention district into the cosmopolitan destination…

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Gourmet Popsicles Are Trending in H-Town

Move over macaroons and cupcakes, there’s a new dessert taking over town. From sweet shops to dessert stands, popsicles are popping up at every turn in H-Town. But don’t expect those run-of-the-mill ice pops from childhood, these cold confections are all grown up and shine in an array of gourmet flavors. Read on for the places we’re heading to beat the heat. Award-winning pastry chef Chris Leung and his biz-partner Christopher Balat do bang up biz at their West U ice cream and sorbet shop, Cloud…

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The Definitive Houston Pokémon Go Guide

Ready to catch them all? Well hold your horseas because we asked local experts about the best places to catch Pokémon around Houston. Rothko Chapel/Menil Collection The Rothko Chapel and Menil Collection are two of the most beloved Houston landmarks among visitors and locals, so it makes sense that they also host a wide array of features for Pokémon Go players. Listed on Travel + Leisure 's list of 101 Places Every Traveler Should Know, the Rothko Chapel has become a pilgrimage stop for thousands…

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Houston's 9 Best Brunch Spots

The best part of waking up on the weekend? Brunch, of course. Whether you’re chasing the hair of the dog or just looking for a bright way to start the day, a killer brunch is the right answer. Read on for our favorite Houston restaurants to grab a bite mid-morning. Sure, Benjy’s has mastered the art of a New American dinner, but you’ll find plenty of pretty young things flocking to the Rice Village location in the AM, too. The West U location serves up brunch daily, while the Washington Avenue…

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Houston to Host National Buffalo Soldiers 150th Anniversary Celebration

July 25th through the 30th, Houston will host an historic celebration in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Buffalo Soldiers. More than 2,000 people from all over the country are expected to flock to the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum for the special occasion. African Americans have proudly served in every great American war including the Civil War, but it wasn’t until 1866 that Congress passed legislation to create six entirely African American units. These soldiers were the first Black…

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9 Houston Museum Exhibits to See this Summer

Houston is home to more than 60 world-class museums and art galleries. Ranked by Travel + Leisure as one of "America's Most Cultured Cities,” Houston offers a wide selection of unforgettable seasonal exhibits you don’t want to miss this summer. Family Time Looking for a way to keep the kids busy while school is out? Check out Top S.E.C.R.E.T.: Summer of Spies at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Kids instantly become secret agents on a special mission to help the museum thwart the dastardly…

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Houston-Havana flights approved for United Airlines

For the first time in 50 years commercial air travel will be offered between Cuba and the U.S. The Department of Transportation tentatively approved a United Airlines application for nonstop travel between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Havana's José Martí International Airport with flights beginning later this year. Houston’s expansive airport system plays a major part in making Htown “the most racially and ethnically diverse city in America.” The Havana link will only…

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