Welcome to AM Intel, a (mostly) daily roundup of Houston’s hottest food information.
Trying to keep up to date with Space City’s endlessly vibrant dining scene? Stay up to date with the hottest store openings, major restaurants and more by subscribing to Eater Houston Newsletter, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Pho Binh opens Inner Loop location in Finn Hall
One of Houston’s most popular Pho destinations, Pho Binh, is now open at the downtown Finn Hall Food Court at 712 Main Street. Run by chefs Kevin Pham and Di Nguyen, the restaurant is an extension of Pho Binh by Night, the Bellaire restaurant, which has been lauded for its silky pho, bone marrow, spring rolls and banh mi. It officially opened today, July 19, and will be open weekly, Monday through Saturday, 11am to 5pm, or until groceries run out.
The Spanish Village Third Ward Tex-Mex restaurant isn’t going to close after all
Houstoners mourned last week with news that the Spanish Village, one of the city’s oldest restaurants, is closing for good. It turned out that it doesn’t close after all. Owner Abhi Sreerama announced in a Facebook post on Wednesday that A buyer was found for the restaurant.
Sreerama and his wife, Head Chef Ishita Chakravarty, originally took over the 70-year-old restaurant in 2018. In a July 5 message, he said the couple would be closing the restaurant for a variety of reasons, mainly due to the age of the building. In the new message, Sreerama writes that Spanish Village will be closed for two weeks and will reopen on August 1st under new ownership. Other details are sparse, including whether the institution’s Tex-Mex recipes stay the same.
The Houston restaurant says Uber owes them $ 20,000
A mom-and-pop restaurant in Houston that recently opened its first brick-and-mortar location says Uber Eats owes the business more than three months of unpaid delivery contracts. The Birria Los Primos restaurant opened in the Underground Hall in the Downtown Food Court in March, according to the Houston Chronicle, and has about 700 orders since then via the food delivery app. Emily Garcia, who runs her father’s restaurant, said those orders total nearly $ 21,000 to be paid for by Uber.
Garcia told The Chronicle that the restaurant already had an account with the app service for its food truck and that she was in constant touch with Uber to set up an account for the new location. Uber told the Chron that they are expecting personal information from Garcia and her father, including personal identification information. Garcia said she has never had to provide personally identifiable verification information to a third party, only business details and IRS tax forms. Meanwhile, Garcia has paused orders through Uber, which she believes is also hurting the restaurant’s robust delivery business.