After a tumultuous 2020, we were all looking forward to a 2021 tamer. Needless to say, it didn’t exactly go as planned… but 2022, now it’s going to be awesome. Especially in Houston, where we have quite a few events to look forward to. Some epic projects that were slated to open last year are finally making their way to the end zone, while things like returning concerts, new restaurants, and penguins – yes, you heard that right – should keep us on our toes. Here’s everything that gives us hope for an even better Houston in 2022.
As we sadly say goodbye to Belly hospitality darlings UB Preserv and Hay Merchant, we can take comfort in the fact that they have a lot of exciting prospects on deck. UB Preserv Vet Nick Wong Brings Distinctive Skills To Super Cool Georgia James Tavern downtown, while the former restaurant space will transform into the cocktail-focused Everlong Bar & Hideaway, promising “great drinks and food with a crossover appeal.” There’s also Culinary Director Nick Fine’s full-service restaurant Wild oats and hamburger shake and joint Belly burger to Houston Farmers Market, as well as the opening of two restaurants in the next mixed-use development Regent Square: Georgia James (find them operating from A fifth until the launch of their new home) and Pastore, featuring belly-busting red sauce, Italian favorites at One Fifth Red Sauce.
Memorial Park already has 1,466 acres of green spaces rich in nature, various plant and animal species, manicured gardens and lawns, beautiful waterways and fun activities such as hiking and biking trails, tennis courts. and sand volleyball, soccer and baseball fields, an 18-hole golf course and on-site burger restaurant, and much more. It’s already one of the coolest city parks in the city (and possibly even the country), and it’s about to get even cooler with the unveiling of its nearly 100 acres. Land bridge and prairie project, intended to connect the north and south sides of the park by means of an impressive land bridge spanning Memorial Drive. Project completion is scheduled for the end of 2022.
It’s been two long years since we fully experienced the joys of Houston’s favorite season, so suffice to say we’re AMPED for the Houston Breeding and Rodeo Show make his triumphant return. This year’s dates run from February 28 to March 20, and while we wait for the official release of the concert lineup (for now, we know Bun B is having a takeover night and George Strait is nearest), be motivated by consulting the “genre calendar. “
It has lasted for two years, and after patiently waiting for the launch of two new concepts from the powerful restaurant group Hai Hospitality, Uchi enthusiasts can finally start celebrating in 2022. First, there’s LORO, a smokehouse. and a Southeast Asian bar that have reinvented a historic place from the 1940s. Heights Church. The place comes from two of the best in Texas – Uchi founder Tyson Cole and indelible Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, while chef Marcos Leal will be tasked with preparing products ranging from Sticky Char Siu Pork Belly to bowls of coconut rice dotted with oak. smoked salmon. Then there is Uchi’s little brother, Uchiko, who is ready to bring their grilled oysters and hard-to-rate Japanese whiskeys to Post Oak in the second quarter (fingers crossed).
Originally slated for completion by 2021, the transformation of Jones Plaza into Lynn Wyatt Square for the Performing Arts should now land this summer. The makeover is due to a generous $ 10 million donation from Houston philanthropist and art enthusiast Lynn Wyatt, marking the epicenter of Houston’s Theater District (the square block is flanked by Jones Hall, Alley Theater and Bayou Music Center) by developing a modern urban park with outdoor performance areas, a lawn and shady gardens, and a two-storey reception area.
Late August (that’s the name of the restaurant, not when it’s supposed to open) is coming soon to Houston’s new Innovation District hub, Lion. The inventive concept comes from two big names in the culinary world: Best Chef: Texas James Beard Award-semi-finalist and Top Chef Portland star Dawn Burrell (we should probably mention that she’s also a former Olympian) and Lucille Hotel Group founder, activist, and a tough guy, chef Chris Williams. Long story short, it’s gonna be good.
Once his makeover is complete, the 1942 Airline Drive Historic Farmers Market Now begins its metamorphosis into an iconic Houston landmark, similar to New York’s Chelsea Market or Seattle’s Pike Place. Visit now and you’ll find a bustling expanse featuring a mix of mom-and-pop vendors and young guns spread across beautiful greenery and outdoor pavilions. There’s still more to come, however, including a butcher’s shop that just opened from RC Ranch, Viet-Cajun Crayfish Champion Crayfish & Noodles, and the aforementioned Underbelly concepts, Wild Oats and Underbelly Burger.
The Montrose Collective, Autry Park, and Regent Square These are just a few of the new real estate concepts about to make Houston even more chic. Reaching hot spots like Uchi and Velvet Taco in the lower Westheimer, Montrose Collective mixes leisure, living, office, retail and dining spaces (the new Italian concept of Atlas Restaurant Group Marmo, scoop shop from scratch Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, and bar on the roof of the garden Inactive hands are all connected to open). Elsewhere, Autry Park, self-proclaimed a ‘bespoke urban village’, will span 14 lush acres across from Buffalo Bayou Park (look for two locations at B&B Butcher’s Benjamin Berg, and Auden, a forward-thinking concept of a husband and – female duo with a Michelin starred experience). And not too far away, the intelligently designed Regent Square strives to make the city more pedestrian-friendly, offering serene tree-lined walks alongside two highly anticipated Underbelly hospitality concepts, Georgia James and Pastore.
Elton John. Bad bunny. Tool. No matter what your speed, Houston probably has a gig just for you this year. Take a look at upcoming schedules at venues, including House of Blues, Bayou Center, Toyota Center and NRG Park, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Hall, Live warehouse, White Oak Music Room, and the new shiny 713 Music Room stashed at POST Houston.
The Houston Zoo turns 100 this year and celebrates this milestone with the opening of its Galapagos Islands Exhibition later this fall. This means the venerable institution is rolling out the red carpet (figuratively speaking, of course) for a fleet of super cute Humboldt penguins, as well as sea lions, giant turtles, sharks, iguanas, and more. Get in on the action and help the zoo in its conservation efforts by donate now.