For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with JJ Carrion, the founder of Brightside Coffee. They are a mobile espresso bar that brings their amazing coffee and espresso drinks to various pop-ups, markets, and businesses.
Brightside Coffee Bar was started because the owner, JJ, has always had a passion for coffee and he wanted to venture out and start something of his own to be able to bring quality products to his customers. They focus on only using the best products and the best coffee to ensure that every drink that goes out is the highest of quality drinks. Their future hope is to gain enough of a following so that they would be able to open a permanent brick and mortar store to serve their coffee out of. For now though, they stay busy with a lot of different events and markets.
For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Dave Ohmer, general manager and brewer at Urban South Brewery HTX. Urban South has been a staple brewery in New Orleans since 2016 but has only been open in Houston since February. Their Houston taproom serves as a way for them to really get creative and adventurous with their beers and see how the public reacts.
The main inspiration behind Urban South Brewery came from when the founder visited Europe and tasted their beers. He realized that he had been missing beer of this quality when he was in South Louisiana and wanted to bring this kind of beer back to the United States. They aim to combine the heritage of European beer making with the brashness of new American styles. The Houston taproom really serves as an R&D facility where they really push the boundaries of American beer and see what turns out to be a hit.
For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Graham Laborde, one of the partners of Peace Maker Po-Boys.
Peace Maker Po-Boys was a concept built by Graham Laborde and Benjy Mason, owner of Johnny’s Gold Brick. They offer classic and modern Louisiana sandwiches as well as some unique spins on classic New Orleans cocktails. The cocktails were created in collaboration with the team at Johnny’s Gold Brick and feature things like a Sazerac Hi-Ball and a Pumpkin Spice Gin Fizz.
For more information on Peace Maker Po-Boys and to find out when they are going to be hosting their next pop up, you can follow them on Instagram at @peacemakerpoboys.
For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with David Chin, the owner of The Yellow Cup. They’ve been around for about two and a half years and have been a great place for people to escape the hustle and bustle of the world even if for just a moment and enjoy a coffee.
At the Yellow Cup, their focus is to connect people with amazing and high quality coffee. Their house blend of bean is provided by WestBean Coffee Roasters in San Diego California and they also reserve a spot for local guest roasters so that people can taste great coffee from Houston as well. If you’re not a coffee drinker, they also offer a line of teas from Bellocq Tea Atlier which have each been carefully selected and assembled by hand. All of the products they offer are the highest of quality and selected with the utmost of care to ensure that every customer gets a fantastic product and a great experience.
For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Benjy Mason, the owner of Johnny’s Gold Brick, a cocktail bar in the Heights. Johnny’s opened back in 2015 after they took over the building for the old wine bar, Boom Boom Room, that was at that location. Since then, it’s been a hit.
Johnny’s Gold Brick is known for being a place Houstonians can go to grab an amazing classic cocktail as well as experience something completely new that’s been crafted by their expert mixologists. They’ve even competed in competitions against other bars around the country and proven that they know their way around a cocktail. In 2019, they won the Bar Fight Club throw-down against six other bars with a clever cocktail named Corn Palace.
For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Renee Ybarra, the bar manager of Voodoo Queen Daiquiri Dive. Voodoo Queen originally started out as a local dive bar, but due to a renovation they experienced in 2018, they have since re-emerged as a New Orleans/pirate inspired spot with daiquiris, rum drinks, and great food.
Voodoo Queen has come to be known for their strong daiquiris and specifically their amazing chicken tenders. The daquiris come in a variety of flavors and even come in hand blended options that include fresh fruit and ingredients. They are constantly running food and drink specials that vary from specially priced shots to 75 cent chicken tenders. You’ll just have to go in to check and see what they got going on every day!
For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Evan Shannon the owner of Moon Tower Inn. Moon Tower has been around for 10 years and has become a local Houston staple thanks to its unique food offerings and great outdoor space.
Moon Tower Inn is known for being “East End’s original backyard” and as a place that people can go to enjoy some great food and amazing beer. They even have beers that they brew in house that are made to pair perfectly with their food. During Covid they rolled with the punches and continued business by offering to-go and takeout food and drink to their customers. As of recently, though they have re-opened and are serving dine-in once again. With the cooling down temperatures, there has never been a better time to sit in their backyard and enjoy a wild game sausage and a beer.
For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Alicia Tashiro and Andrew Thomas, the Co-owners of Moonstruck Drive-in Theater. The Theater just opened this past year but already has experienced immense success.
Drive-in Theaters have experienced a boom during Covid since it’s easy to enforce social distancing. People also have latched onto the nostalgic feel of the drive-in theaters to really help them flourish during this time. Moonstruck Drive-in is actually Houston’s first and only permanent drive in movie theater. Not only have they been offering movie showings, they’ve also had fun events such as a couple drive-in comedy show. They will continue to offer various events throughout the year to keep the community entertained.
For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Terrence Foley, the general manager of Chick’n Cone. This Houston location of the international chain that is Chick’n Cone was set to open up in October of last year but due to some complications they opened their doors in February of this year.
Chick’n Cone originally started as a singular food truck in New Jersey. Since then, they have done nothing but expand opening multiple locations throughout the U.S. as well as some international locations. Each of the locations is a franchise which keeps each location individual as well as more in touch with the community due to the local ownership. Little touches like their custom purple Houston margarita let you know that this is the Houston location.
For more information on Chick’n Cone, follow them on Instagram @chick’nconehtx and to find out more about the business in general check them out at https://www.chickncone.com/
For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Albert Vasquez, owner and operator of Pan de Taco. Pan de Taco originally started as a pop up business that would partner with local bars and venues to get their food to the customers but due to the pandemic, they now have a residency in the Grand Prize Kitchen. They currently offer curbside food service.
What they really focus on at Pan de Taco is highlighting the flavors of each of their ingredients by keeping everything simple. They also want to make sure that the techniques behind the preparation of every ingredient honor the unique flavors of each item. Another thing that sets them apart is their fermented, hand-pressed corn tortillas that offer a flavor unlike any other.