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  1. https://houston.eater.com/2020/9/24/21454570/houstons-vietnamese-cloud-kitchen-saigon-hustle-blodgett-hall Houston’s Vietnamese Cloud Kitchen Saigon Hustle Is Now Open Saigon Hustle, a brand new fast-casual Vietnamese food concept, debuted earlier this week out of Blodgett Food Hall’s cloud kitchen space in the Third Ward. The brainchild of 39-year-old Houston native Cassie Ghaffar, the menu pays tribute to her Vietnamese heritage, with a decidedly contemporary spin. “Saigon Hustle is about good and healthy food that just brings us back to our roots,” says Ghaffar. “But it’s really the story about how my mom’s whole family left Vietnam in 1975.” A second-generation Vietnamese-American, Ghaffar’s mother was one of six sisters whose family fled Vietnam with just the clothes on their backs and some gold sewn into their pants. “The ‘hustle’ is a tribute to my 85-year-old grandmother,” says Ghaffar. “She had to hustle our family out [of Vietnam] quick enough so we could get here.” The opening menu, developed in with the help of chef Omar Pereney of food consulting firm A La Carte Consulting Group, is made up of appetizers, banh mi sandwiches, rolls, vermicelli noodles, rice, dessert, and drinks, made with locally sourced ingredients. For the banh mi, noodles, and rice, customers will able to choose from six proteins— chargrilled barbecue pork, chargrilled barbecue ribeye, honey soy barbecue chicken, honey glazed lemongrass salmon, and honey glazed lemongrass crispy tofu — with the option to customize toppings and sides. Ghaffar’s signature items are her rolls: The Saigon Crepe Roll, a banh xeo (Vietnamese crepe) served wrapped in rice paper; and the honey glazed lemongrass salmon, made of her own special-recipe salmon baked and broiled in a honey lemongrass glaze. Also unique to Saigon Hustle is a robust coffee program called the “Ca Phe Sua Bar,” offering several options for Vietnamese iced coffee: Nitro Cold Brew made from nitro-charged Katz Jumping Mouse Cold Brew; Saigon Cinnamon Ca Phe Sua Da; and Skinny Ca Phe Sua Da made with coconut milk and cane sugar. Prior to launching the cloud kitchen, Ghaffar had plans to open a brick and mortar drive-through at 3323 Ella Blvd in Garden Oaks. The site is still under development due to project delays related to COVID-19, and is now on track to open in the first quarter of 2021. In the meantime, Saigon Hustle is open Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Orders can be placed online for pickup at the Blodgett Food Hall, or via the various food apps
  2. Japanese Chain Rakkan Ramen Has Set Its Sights on Houston The first of multiple locations of the veggie-based ramen chain is set to arrive on Shepherd Drive in 2021 by Amy McCarthy Sep 22, 2020, 9:00am CDT Rakkan Ramen, a Japanese chain known for its vegetable-based broths, will open its doors in Houston next year. Permits filed with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation indicate that Rakkan will occupy a 1,681 square foot space at 600 North Shepherd Drive, Suite 515, and construction is set to begin early next year. It’s possibly the first of multiple Rakkan Ramen outposts in the works — last year, the chain announced via its website that it would open as many as five locations in Houston. Rakkan Ramen made its debut in the U.S. market in Los Angeles in 2017, when it opened an outpost in the city’s Little Tokyo neighborhood. Outposts in Redondo Beach and Santa Monica followed. According to Eater LA, the shop is known for its flavorful “umami” vegetarian broths, with options like soy sauce, miso, and tomato on the menu. There’s also the pearl ramen, served with a broth that’s made with “specialized Japanese rock salt” and white soy sauce. Construction on Rakkan’s first Houston location is set to be completed in March 2021. Stay tuned for more details on the chain’s opening date and additional locations. https://houston.eater.com/2020/9/22/21450346/rakkan-ramen-opening-houston-shepherd-drive
  3. Removing the building helps with the flow of Buffalo Bayou and they are continuing the bike trail eastward.
  4. This has to be a temporary track, it has absolutely no supported rail bed. A heavy train would sink into that grass and derail. That plus only 1 nail in each track guide.
  5. This southeast of that project, shouldn't be affected. The new project is just south of the phase 1 City View renovation.
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