Openings and Closings: Welcome Again Fluff Bake Bar and Los Tios

Fluff Bake Bar, 314 Gray, is celebrating its reopening January 20 with a bake sale starting at 10 a.m. In conjunction with 44 Farms, there will be dishes like Prime Rib Benedict Sammy and brisket with pimento cheese on a pretzel roll. The bakeshop closed temporarily on October 22 after a water pipe burst in the overhead apartment building and flooded Fluff Bake Bar’s dining room. The kitchen was still intact and it is from that kitchen that owner Rebecca Masson continued filling wholesale orders and coordinating pop-ups and pie sales.

The renovations include an expanded kitchen and a counter bar with sixteen barstools. Local Houston artist, Donkeeboy ( Alex Roman Jr.), is painting a new ” Skyline of Cakes” mural on the wall.

Along with a variety of cookies, cake cups, and other sweet treats, Fluff Bake Bar serves coffee, local craft beer and champagne.

Starting this Saturday, the restaurant will be open six days a week. Masson plans to bring back her ” Dinner With My Friends” chef series eventually.

Louie Comella and some happy shoppers from Italy.

Louie Comella and some happy shoppers from Italy.

Photo by Gracie H., Ivox Media

Chicago and New York both have their versions of Little Italy and if Louie Comella gets his way, so will Houston.
The co-owner of the popular gelato and pizza spot, Gelazzi, is now bringing the Italian corner store to the Houston Heights. Italian American Grocery Co., 3605 White Oak, opened January 16, despite the atypical winter storm that left many Houstonians homebound. With the melting snow (we cannot believe we are actually using those words in the Bayou City), comes the opportunity to get back out and fill up with foodstuffs. The new grocery will offer Italian cheeses, meats, pasta, and a variety of olive oils and vinegars. For those who are missing the pastries and Italian cookies of their childhoods, there are plenty of tempting choices including cannoli and biscotti. And of course, Italian Cream Cake.

Comella, who is also involved in the film industry, says that he wanted the Italian foods that reminded him of his hometown of Chicago. Customers who loved the gelato and pizzas at Gelazzi, suggested that he offer even more Italian products. With the new store, there will also be a number of Italian wines and a selection of beers, curated by Tanya Kostetsky, as reported by CultureMap Houston.

Comella also plans to have a delivery system in the Heights area which would allow customers to order prepared foods, frozen pizza, sandwiches, plus beer and wine. Comella says he wants to continue the tradition of his grandfather, who owned a pizza restaurant in Chicago, and bring Italian-American culture to Houston. 

Los Tios remodeled.EXPAND

Los Tios remodeled.

Photo courtesy of The Epicurean Publicist

Los Tios Mexican Restaurant,4840 Beechnut, has reopened after damage and three and a half feet of water from Hurricane Harvey shut it down. Now, newly remodeled, the restaurant celebrated its return with a grand opening January 17. All proceeds from sales will go to staff who…

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