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Magic Cup Cafe Empowers First-Time Beverage Entrepreneurs, Eyes New Franchise Location in McKinney TX

Boba tea, smoothie, and coffee concept Magic Cup Cafe is announcing a new franchise location to open in McKinney, TX, in 2021. The announcement comes 14 months after the company began its franchise program.
– RestaurantNews

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Magic Cup Cafe: Bubble Tea Concept Celebrates Year of the Rat with Lunar New Year Festivities

“Magic Cup Cafe, a high-quality bubble tea, smoothie, and coffee cafe concept, will host an event to celebrate Lunar New Year at its locations in Houston, TX and Richardson, TX. The Lunar New Year is January 25th. Celebrations and events are scheduled beginning January 17th through February 2nd.
– MarketsInsider

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Magic Cup Cafe: Bubble Tea Concept Celebrates Year of the Rat with Lunar New Year Festivities

Event-goers will also receive a celebratory red envelope with a coupon offer inside, including the chance to win a free drink. Kids and adults alike will enjoy an exciting performance, premium beverages, and fun games.
– My Lynn Nguyen, Franchise Growth Solutions

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Houston Mediterranean Restaurant Receives Unexpected National Recognition

“Consumer review website Yelp issued its annual Top 100 Places To Eat list this morning, and only one Houston restaurant is on it: Craft Pita at 1920 Fountain View. Owner Rafael Nasr opened the eatery last August and the accolades just keep coming. Out of 137 consumer rankings, it has a solid, five-star rating. On the Yelp Top 100 list, it placed at number 22.
– Phaedra Cook, Houston Food Finder

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High-Quality Bubble Tea Concept – Magic Cup Cafe to Franchise Five New Locations

“Ms. Nguyen stated, ‘We are excited to be offering the Magic Cup opportunity to passionate entrepreneurs in the Dallas and Houston Markets. We spent the last several years perfecting our menu, systems, and marketing. We truly feel confident that we are ready to put our franchise partners in the best position to achieve success.’
– Franchise Strategist,

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High-Quality Bubble Tea Concept – Magic Cup Cafe to Franchise Five New Locations

“Magic Cup Cafe, a bubble tea, smoothie, and coffee cafe concept will be franchising five cafes to select franchise partners in Houston and Dallas within the next few years.”

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Crafty and fresh new Mediterranean restaurant unfolds in Briargrove

“Rafael Nasr has come a long way since the days when he operated a food truck that sold late-night shwarma to TCU students. On Saturday, August 17, the native Houstonian (and St. Thomas High School graduate) will open the doors to Craft Pita, his fast-casual Lebanese restaurant in Briargrove (1920 Fountain View Dr.).
– Eric Sandler, Culture Map Houston

The Chicken & Rice Guys are coming to Houston

Win free food for life at The Chicken & Rice Guys’ “Grand Hatching” event coming soon.
– Great Day Houston Staff

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Boston’s Beloved Middle Eastern Street Food Haven Moves Into The Heights — For Now

When it comes to delicious halal eats, there’s one simple question: what came first, the chicken or the rice? At Houston’s newest Middle Eastern street food haven, they came simultaneously — and they’re now here for your snacking pleasure.
– Annie Gallay, Paper City Magazine

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Beloved Halal Chicken and Rice From Boston Debuts Locally Next Month

The Chicken & Rice Guys is popping up at 2723 Yale Street in the Heights for a six-month run to test-drive whether it will stay in Houston long term. If all goes according to plan, The Guys will launch more brick-and-mortar locations locally alongside a fleet of food trucks. In the Heights, it will be housed inside a brand new 1,450-square-foot space.
– Alaena Hostetter, Houston Eater

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Boston’s signature halal chicken, rice to come to Houston’s Heights

“The Chicken & Rice Guys is making its debut July 13 at 2723 Yale Street in the Heights, according to Eater Houston.

Reports say the test-drive for the restaurant will run for six months to see how well it does in Houston. If the restaurant holds its weight, The Chicken & Rice Guys will plan to open more locations in the area alongside other local food trucks, according to Eater Houston
– Brittany Taylor, Click2Houston

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New York Times’ Massive Crush on Houston Continues With Hidden Food Hotspots Love

Houston’s building a stellar rep across the country, with recent love from outlets ranging from Esquire to Food & Wine. The city’s skyrocketed in the national consciousness, and it’s no wonder why.

Now, the New York Times is getting in on the act. Again.
– Annie Gallay, Paper City Mag

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Celebrate “National Dumpling Day” with Ocean Palace restaurant

“Dumplings are made and consumed all over the world, and are known by dozens of different names, such as Gnocchi, Wontons, Ba-Wan and Potstickers. They’re made up of pieces of wrapped dough, usually filled with ingredients like meat, fish, cheese, veggies, fruit or sweets. The dough can be based from bread, flour or potatoes, and dumplings can be an appetizer or a meal in and of themselves.
– Great Day Houston Staff

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“Our columnist, Sebastian Modak, is visiting each destination on our 52 Places to Go in 2019 list. He arrived in Houston after stops in Puerto Rico and Panama.
– Sebastian Modak, NY Times

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Where to Sip Vietnamese Iced Coffee in Houston

“Thanks to Houston’s thriving Vietnamese dining scene, the sweet, strongly-caffeinated nectar that is Vietnamese iced coffee is readily available throughout the city. What makes Vietnamese coffee so unique is that it must slowly drip through a specialized drip filter into a cup where a thick slick of sweetened condensed milk awaits at the bottom. Combine the two, and you’ve found coffee bliss.
– Christina Autry, Houston Eater

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Where to Get Your Boba Tea Fix in Dallas

Magic Cup Cafe: This shotgun-house-style restaurant is based in Dallas and Houston. It is dimly lit and filled with comfy chairs, modern decor, and loads of board games. The real charm of this place is in the food. They carry Asian fusion dishes such as their Pho-Nomenal dip, a mash-up between pho and a French dip sandwich, and kimchi fries loaded with Sriracha-mayo, shredded cheese, green onions, and sesame seeds.”
– Kelly Jones, D Magazine

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Hot Diggity: the 10 Best Hot Dog Spots in Houston

Spicy Dog’N Go: All-American dogs get an Asian kick at this fusion-food trailer, which pops up at spots like 11 Below Brewing Company and Under the Radar, in addition to its regular Montrose location. Stop by for buttery, toasty buns stuffed with 100 percent beef dogs and outside-the-box ingredients like garlic-butter cream cheese, Japanese mayo, teriyaki sauce, shredded nori, and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos dust. Sides include Japanese Bob-B-Q Fries and deep-fried mac ‘n’ cheese Bop Balls drizzled with truffle aioli and furikake seasoning.”
– Brooke Viggiano, Houstonia

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Restaurant roundup: Halal Guys to open 4th outpost, massive Chinese restaurant undergoes renovations

“Located at 11215 Bellaire Blvd. in Houston’s Asiatown, Ocean Palace began renovating its bottom floor in March, according to a press release and a spokesperson. This first phase of construction is expected to finish in August, and then the second phase will begin, which involves renovating the top floor.”
– Jen Para, Houston Business Journal

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Asiatown Dim Sum Spot Gets a Major Revamp

“One of the largest dim sum restaurants in Bellaire is getting a whole new look. Ocean Palace will unveil its interior renovation with a grand opening at the end of this summer, giving the dim sum destination that opened in 1998 a major revamp.”
– Adele Chapin, Eater Houston

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Restaurant Roundup: New burger joint opens in EaDo, Bernie’s Burger Bus growing to 4 stores

“Food truck Spicy Dog has inked a deal to build a new storefront at 2723 Yale St., co-founder Oh Peou told the Houston Business Journal. The brand has only been operating for five months in the food truck. When it opens in October, the concept will go by the name Spicy Bear, employ 12 people and seat between 25 to 30 guests in about 1,500 square feet of space, Peou said. Eater Houston reported the location is inside Ancorian’s Yale Crossing development.”
– Jen Para, Houston Business Journal

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Getting to Know Houston’s Asiatown of Today

Darryl de Mello, the man leading our Asian Heritage Tour through Houston’s Asiatown on a recent Saturday morning, whipped through the things to know about the place”
– Dianna Wray, Houstonia

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How to Party on Bellaire Boulevard

“it’s possible for a Houstonian to lose himself amid the familiar topography of a strip mall. The double-decker, neon-lit plazas lining Bellaire Boulevard are no joke, and one Friday evening I barged into a Dun Huang eatery hauling an 18-pack of Bud Light Lime to discover I’d arrived not at my intended Fu Fu Café but the Fu Fu Restaurant across the strip.”
– Moragn Kinney, Houstonia

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Restaurant Roundup: River Oaks District Restaurant Closes, Roman-style Pizzeria Aims to Open Late July

“Dallas-based Lombardi Family Concepts closed Taverna Pizzeria and Risotteria, located in the River Oaks District at 4444 Westheimer, suite A-120, a spokesperson confirmed. A new concept called Bisou under a different owner will open in its place.”
– Jen Para, Houston Business Journal

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Popular Houston Poke Shop Opening Storefront In Sawyer Yards This Summer

“Chef Jason Liao and co-founder Charlie Chang are finally getting a brick-and-mortar restaurant after nearly two years of operating Pokéology in the back of Doc Holliday’s in Rice Village. That location closed in May but the new Pokéology is having a soft-opening at 2313 Edwards in the Sawyer Yards center (near new restaurant Poitín) mid-July. The official grand opening is in August.”
– Phaedra Cook, Houston Food Finder

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Spicy Dog’s Founders Are Bringing Gourmet Sandwiches and Bubble Teas to the Heights

Spicy Bear, a new brick-and-mortar restaurant from the frat brothers behind the Spicy Dog food truck, is coming to the Heights this summer.”
– Alaena Hostetter, Eater Houston

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Asian fusion eats: 3 new spots to try in Houston

Spicy Dog is a food truck and Asian fusion spot, offering over-the-top hot dogs and more. The owner, Oh Peou, is a co-founder of Spicy Dog who has followed a family tradition; his parents own a food truck in Philadelphia, Houstonia reports.”
– Hoodline

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Houston Will Have it’s First Ever Poke Showdown on June 11

“It was only a matter of time. And ahi. Yes, the first ever poke competition, the Poké Showdown, is heading to Houston on Sunday, June 11, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Bar Bleu, 2506 Robinhood, in Rice Village.”
– Gwendolyn Knapp, Houston Press

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Nippon Schools the Competition at the First Annual Texas Poke Showdown

“Anxious, hungry poke fans lined up outside of Bar Bleu, 2506 Robinhood, near Rice Village last night for Houston’s first ever poke competition. Eleven teams entered the contest and three winners each were presented for judges’ choice and people’s choice.”
– Cuc Lam, Houston Press