B.B. Italia (photo by Kirsten Gilliam)
HUNGRY FOR KOREAN, Italian, sushi, Tex-Mex, or maybe just not sure? H-Town restaurants are on a roll, so read up on the newbies to whet your appetite!

TEN Sushi + Cocktail Bar

TEN (photo by Kirsten Gilliam)

TEN Sushi + Cocktail Bar just swung open its doors in the 200 Park Place building in River Oaks. The Southern California hotspot from Daily Dose Hospitality Group — the team behind Bosscat Kitchen & Libations — is serving up a sophisticated full-service sushi bar, signature black-rice rolls, wok specialties and an elevated cocktail program. The sexy, 2,800-square-foot space, with a patio overlooking Mid Lane, is a collaboration between co-owner and chief designer Leslie Nguyen; Josh Weisman, owner of the Houston-based builder Construction Concepts; and California artist Jason Roose. This second location for TEN weaves unique Houston-inspired imagery into its Southern California design. "TEN will be a great complement to the River Oaks food scene,” Nguyen said in a release. “We bring a lot of energy and stunning views throughout the restaurant, and we can’t wait to show Houston what we’re all about.”

Zanti Cucina Italiana

Zanti's Scampi Aglio Olio & Peperoncino

River Oaks Shopping Center touts a sprawling and stylish newcomer just in time for large holiday gatherings and festivities. The original Woodlands-based Zanti Cucina Italiana was founded by restaurateur Santiago Peláez, who is passionate about Italian food and wanted to exemplify the art, architecture and food of Italian culture with a second location. Contemporary and open, his newly constructed space is designed with several dining options including the open kitchen with wood burning oven, large patio, and a luxurious bar tucked off to one side of the restaurant (don’t miss the daily happy hour). Standout dishes include the grilled Zanti artichoke with pancetta, sundried tomatoes, white wine and stracciatella cheese; wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas; and housemade pasta such as luscious lobster tagliolini with saffron sauce, and the pappardelle al ragú di ossobuco. Mains like rib-eye Tagliata are easy to share, and to keep the experience authentic, the wine list touts myriad interesting Italian reds and whites by the glass and bottle.

Karne Korean Steakhouse

Karne (photo by Jenn Duncan)

In the works for years, glitzy Karne Korean Steakhouse is now heating up the Heights with tableside grilling and top-notch beef. Founder Jason Cho, of Houston’s Dak and Bop and Tom n Toms Coffee in the Galleria, has appointed Korean-born chef Yurum Nam as exec chef and partner. Prime-grade beef and American and imported Wagyu dry-aged in-house is the star of the menu, with each steak cooked tableside and seared on a grill inset at your table. Steaks are served with kimchi and pickles, a scallion salad and dipping sauces. But it doesn’t stop there: Seafood lovers can anticipate showy seafood towers, crudos, seasonal oysters and poached jumbo tiger shrimp, as well as other plates like rib-eye hot pot and pork belly with micro green kimchi salad and maple cream.

Goode Co. Kitchen & Cantina

Goode Co. Restaurants has opened its newest and third location of Goode Co. Kitchen & Cantina in the Heights. The menu created by Levi Goode honors his Mexican-immigrant grandmother, Emma Longoria Goode. She became a Tex-Mex pioneer from her life cooking for her family with ingredients found on both sides of the border. “We want our guests to feel like they are pulling up a seat at our family’s table,” says Goode. Expect comfort food favorites like seafood campechana, mesquite-grilled fajitas, carnitas, Texas quail, redfish on the half shell, and more. The casual, Southwestern-chic space is brightened with tall windows by day and handcrafted Mexican pendant lights by night, booths with handmade punched tin light fixtures, and a sleek stone bar top with leather barstools.

B.B. Italia

Arancini at B.B. Italia (photo by Kirsten Gilliam)

Recently debuted in Sugar Land Town Square, B.B. Italia Bistro & Bar serves classic Italian-American food with modern twists in a lively setting. “Growing up in Manhattan, I ate at incredible Italian-American restaurants which not only inspired several of the dishes on our menu but also the overall design of the space,” says Benjamin Berg, founder and CEO of Berg Hospitality Group. To design the interior, Berg tapped Sam Governale, an operating partner at Berg Hospitality, and local architect Isaac Preminger. With more than 60 dishes made from scratch daily, expect shareable appetizers including a hot antipasto tower; homemade soups and salads; pastas; pizzas; and Italian plates with chicken, veal, lamb, beef and fish. B.B. Italia’s cocktails were designed by James Beard award-winning mixologist Alba Huerta of Julep.

TEN (photo by Kirsten Gilliam)
TEN Sushi + Cocktail Bar just swung open its doors in the 200 Park Place building in River Oaks. The Southern California hotspot from Daily Dose Hospitality Group — the team behind Bosscat Kitchen & Libations — is serving up a sophisticated full-service sushi bar, signature black-rice rolls, wok specialties and an elevated cocktail program. The sexy, 2,800-square-foot space, with a patio overlooking Mid Lane, is a collaboration between co-owner and chief designer Leslie Nguyen; Josh Weisman, owner of the Houston-based builder Construction Concepts; and California artist Jason Roose. This second location for TEN weaves unique Houston-inspired imagery into its Southern California design. "TEN will be a great complement to the River Oaks food scene,” Nguyen said in a release. “We bring a lot of energy and stunning views throughout the restaurant, and we can’t wait to show Houston what we’re all about.”
Zanti's Scampi Aglio Olio & Peperoncino
River Oaks Shopping Center touts a sprawling and stylish newcomer just in time for large holiday gatherings and festivities. The original Woodlands-based Zanti Cucina Italiana was founded by restaurateur Santiago Peláez, who is passionate about Italian food and wanted to exemplify the art, architecture and food of Italian culture with a second location. Contemporary and open, his newly constructed space is designed with several dining options including the open kitchen with wood burning oven, large patio, and a luxurious bar tucked off to one side of the restaurant (don’t miss the daily happy hour). Standout dishes include the grilled Zanti artichoke with pancetta, sundried tomatoes, white wine and stracciatella cheese; wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas; and housemade pasta such as luscious lobster tagliolini with saffron sauce, and the pappardelle al ragú di ossobuco. Mains like rib-eye Tagliata are easy to share, and to keep the experience authentic, the wine list touts myriad interesting Italian reds and whites by the glass and bottle.
Karne (photo by Jenn Duncan)
In the works for years, glitzy Karne Korean Steakhouse is now heating up the Heights with tableside grilling and top-notch beef. Founder Jason Cho, of Houston’s Dak and Bop and Tom n Toms Coffee in the Galleria, has appointed Korean-born chef Yurum Nam as exec chef and partner. Prime-grade beef and American and imported Wagyu dry-aged in-house is the star of the menu, with each steak cooked tableside and seared on a grill inset at your table. Steaks are served with kimchi and pickles, a scallion salad and dipping sauces. But it doesn’t stop there: Seafood lovers can anticipate showy seafood towers, crudos, seasonal oysters and poached jumbo tiger shrimp, as well as other plates like rib-eye hot pot and pork belly with micro green kimchi salad and maple cream.
Goode Co. Restaurants has opened its newest and third location of Goode Co. Kitchen & Cantina in the Heights. The menu created by Levi Goode honors his Mexican-immigrant grandmother, Emma Longoria Goode. She became a Tex-Mex pioneer from her life cooking for her family with ingredients found on both sides of the border. “We want our guests to feel like they are pulling up a seat at our family’s table,” says Goode. Expect comfort food favorites like seafood campechana, mesquite-grilled fajitas, carnitas, Texas quail, redfish on the half shell, and more. The casual, Southwestern-chic space is brightened with tall windows by day and handcrafted Mexican pendant lights by night, booths with handmade punched tin light fixtures, and a sleek stone bar top with leather barstools.
Arancini at B.B. Italia (photo by Kirsten Gilliam)
Recently debuted in Sugar Land Town Square, B.B. Italia Bistro & Bar serves classic Italian-American food with modern twists in a lively setting. “Growing up in Manhattan, I ate at incredible Italian-American restaurants which not only inspired several of the dishes on our menu but also the overall design of the space,” says Benjamin Berg, founder and CEO of Berg Hospitality Group. To design the interior, Berg tapped Sam Governale, an operating partner at Berg Hospitality, and local architect Isaac Preminger. With more than 60 dishes made from scratch daily, expect shareable appetizers including a hot antipasto tower; homemade soups and salads; pastas; pizzas; and Italian plates with chicken, veal, lamb, beef and fish. B.B. Italia’s cocktails were designed by James Beard award-winning mixologist Alba Huerta of Julep.
Standing left to right: Meghan Johnson, Jill Knowles, Julianna Lind, Beth Stephan, Marla Reade, Galina Saburov, Lil Newman
Seated left to right: Susan Boylan, Julie Sheets, Kim Perdomo, Kim Zander, Tracy Ackley
HOW DID YOUR team form? After ten years as a realtor for a top firm in Houston, Kim Perdomo established a boutique brokerage in 2011. The team grew organically and joined forces with Compass in 2019.
What is the relationship within the team? We have a very special relationship as a team. A lot of us have been friends for many years prior to working together in real estate. With that brings a camaraderie and loyalty to one another that is truly remarkable. We all work together to help everyone succeed, and that is a huge benefit to our clients.

What makes you unique? Our Brand Promise:
Maintaining Lifelong Relationships With Our Clients
Personal Service
Distinctive Marketing
Helping Our Clients Make the Right Move
How do you bring this promise to life? We specialize in presenting our listings to the market to achieve the best results. Our personalized, hands-on service includes coordinating staging services, repairs, inspections and through distinctive marketing we attract the largest group of buyers. A few metrics we use to define best results include sales price, contract terms offered, days on market and list price to sales price ratios. Since we are with our clients throughout the entire process, our business relationships typically evolve into true friendships. We have done this successfully in a seller’s market and buyer’s market. As a team, we have 140 years of experience. We have seen it all.
What’s the secret to your success? Integrity. Doing what we say we are going to do and putting our clients’ needs above ours.
What’s next for the end of the year and 2023? We just returned from our top producer awards trip in Alys Beach, Fla., and we are beginning to set goals and prioritize on how we can continue to raise the bar as individuals and as a team. We are currently working with clients to help them evaluate their real estate needs and monitoring the luxury market while communicating exclusive listing opportunities to our buyer clients and fellow agents. Our team expertise and the Compass advantage provides the ultimate results for our clients.

Brigitte Kalai, Margaret Alkek Williams, Alicia Smith, David Wuthrich
BASKING IN THE glow of the Astros World Series win just a week before, and even posing for the selfies with the championship trophy, supporters of Crime Stoppers of Houston gathered on the field at Minute Maid Park to raise funds for crime prevention programs and what the organization calls critically needed victim services.
Chaired by Sheridan and John Eddie Williams, the gala honored luminaries Jeff Bagwell, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale — and raised a record-breaking haul of nearly $1.4 million. Highlights of the night included an unexpected additional donation of $300,000 from McIngvale, who gave an impassioned speech on the urgency of the cause; Astros owner Jim Crane and wife Whitney made a similar surprise gift, matching Mattress Mack.
Iconic newsman Dave Ward, a longtime high-profile Crime Stoppers booster, made remarks via video. The 500 guests also heard from the families of recent crime victims in a “fireside chat” portion of the evening’s program, making the importance of the evening more profound.
Memorably, guests were welcome to take photos with the Astros’ Commissioner’s Trophy — the very symbol of the championship — made available by the endlessly generous Cranes.
Boldface names in the crowd included Crime Stoppers CEO Rania Mankarious, Margaret Alkek Williams, Russell and Glenda Gordy, Brigitte Kalai, Alicia Smith, Tama Lundquist, Tena and Tyson Faust, Susan Boggio, Dancie Ware and Jim Ware, Laura Ward, Franco Valobra, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner, District Attorney Kim Ogg, many other state and local officials, and members of the Zadok family, who gave generous prizes to goose bidding in the “paddles up” portion of the gala.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell, Sheridan Williams, Jim McIngvale Matress Mack, Rania Mankarious
Jim Crane, Whitney Crane, Tissy Harding, Rusty Harding
Dror Zadok, Senator John Whitmire, Jonathan Zadok
Gala Chairs Sheridan and John Eddie Williams
Tena Faust, Marge Lundquist, Sandra Smith Cooper, Rania Mankarious, Tama Lundquist
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg and Supporters
Justin Vickrey, Krislyn Vickrey, Esmat Ahmed, Hazem Ahmed
Susan Boggio
Ramy Mankarious, Rania Mankarious, Dror Zadok, Vivian King, Helene Zadok
Rania Mankarious, HPD Chief Troy Finner, Metro PD Chief Vera Bumpers
Jordan Seff
Vicki Rizzo and Mauri Oliver
Rita Moreno, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Sally Field in '80 for Brady' (Paramount Pictures)
THE FIRST TRAILER for 80 for Brady, the funny new flick inspired by a true story and executive-produced by Tom Brady, dropped today.
In it, four women roadtrip to Houston for the 2017 Super Bowl in hopes of meeting Brady. Played by Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Sally Field, the gals try to scalp tickets at a tailgate at NRG Stadium where — amongst many hijinks — they end up performing a dance number with Billy Porter outside the stadium’s gate.
Posted this morning by Brady, the trailer features sweeping views of the Astrodome, NRG Park and the George R. Brown Convention Center. “This is an incredible story, led by four amazing women, and we’re so excited to share our trailer,” he said. “I’m just getting started! February 3, 2023! LFG!”
In an interview with People magazine, Fonda said Brady was “so sweet and generous and, could it be possible, humble?” Tomlin added, “He has an incredibly sweet nature. He's sensitive and tries to make people comfortable."
Brady returned the love in a Variety interview. “[Tomlin] is really funny, and when you see it, they make it look so natural,” he said. “You're on set and you're going through your scene and she says something, but it's not really on script. I'm like, 'Is this just her normal?' And then the scene cuts, and I don't know if she's still in character or not.”
80 for Brady is scheduled to be released on Feb. 3, ahead of Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12 in Glendale, Ariz.

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