A New Montrose Eatery For The Chew Lover Builds Excitement In The Foodie Circles…
This is the year of the ‘Chew’, so it seems. Montrose is one of the most sought after destinations when it comes to seeking a location for the Houston food junkie, and businessman Irwin Palchick, along with business partner David Truong wants to expand the options in the upscale neighborhood.
Jimmy Chew Asian Kitchen is the brainchild of Palchick, and creative branding designer Aike Jamal, of the award-winning F Bar Nightclub in Montrose, with best friend Lucie Pognonec. Lead design team is design firm gindesignsgroup and owner, Gin Braverman, has recently brought to life projects like ‘Raven Tower’ and ‘White Oak Music Hall.’
“Jimmy Chew is a fun, funky new fast-casual concept,” Gin Braverman explained. “Bright colors, bold murals and fun textures collide to bring a dynamic and energetic atmosphere.” The afternoon thru very-late-night crowd will appreciate the variety of cuisines that are reflected in the interior design, like ‘Chew Here’ and ‘Chew Go.’
As Montrose bleeds artsy and diversity, Jimmy Chew’ will enlighten the eclectic side of it’s patrons; ‘promoting great service, and fantastic food.’ The menu will reflect options ranging from Asian fusion, Vietnamese, Chinese, American bites and Thai-anything goes in this crazy, poppin’ place! Chew’ has made sure to add beer, wine, and great desserts to the menu. Another notable mention for Chew’ is the offering of Bill’s World Famous Lemonade.
The street-food style popular in Europe, Asia & Australia but like something Houston has yet to experience until now. Chew’cited!
The front ‘vendera’ style porch will offer outdoor dining that will have a capacity of 22 for the dinners that would rather enjoy the Houston scenery that magically graces the Westheimer sidewalks after sundown.
Jimmy Chew Asian Kitchen will be located near the intersection of Westheimer Rd and Mandell St across from Buffalo Exchange and Guyz N Style at 1609 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006.
Current plans are to have the eatery open as soon as permitting is approved.
Hours of operations indicating they will open daily at 5pm, and will be open weekdays till 3am, and 4am on weekends. An added bonus will be the delivery service that will be open daily till 2am and will include beer and wine.
Houston is one of the most amazing and spectacular cities in America. It is filled with many fascinating individuals in a varity of races, sizes, genders, and personalities. Fascinating people have a special magnetism and their energy radiates outward.
But what exactly makes them so captivating? Is it their curiosity to explore outside the ‘norm,’ or that they are always there to lend a ‘voice’ to a cause or advocate for what is needed?
Fascinating people try new things. They do what interests them; to better a cause. They know what needs to be done and are brave enough to take the steps to get there. They are engaging, unusual, and hypnotizing. The passion they spill we hope leaks onto us and spills in to the streets of our community.
Houston is home to millions of people that are fascinating, and we could never know them all but, we are proud to honor the ten that we have had the privilege to meet.
1. Fran Watson President, GLBT Houston Political Caucus
Fran is a native Houstonian whose passion for equality, equal dignity, and fair treatment for everyone makes her one of our most fascinating people in Houston.
As the President of the GLBT Houston Political Caucus, the South’s oldest civil rights organization dedicated to advancing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights through the endorsement of pro-equality political candidates. She also serves on the board of Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston. She serves on the Executive Board of the Houston chapter of New Leaders Council (NLC). Additionally, she is a member of the newly formed NLC4 Women’s Caucus, a committee of women from across the country seeking to promote an agenda of equality for women.
Originally from Tarkington, Texas, Victoria now is a proud resident of Houston. She has personally branded herself, her image, and her transgender activist duties as The Duchess of Montrose.
As the first transgender model for Pride Houston’s Rock the Runway, Victoria is using her knowledge to help inform the community with any questions they have and create a conversation about transgender identity.
Victoria’s heart, her activism, and her tireless efforts working with many different LGBTQ+ organizations makes her one of the most fascinating people in Houston.
3.Cristina Wells Winner of Pride Superstar
As the newly crowned voice of Pride Superstar 2016, Cristina is one fascinating diva. She is a proud Houstonian, and a registered nurse by trade. But most of all, she is proud.
As a public figure that is proudly a woman who is plus-size, mixed race, loud, a mother, a nurse, a singer, and a lesbian. She stood up, and fought for all the people that relate to her.
“I have always been told “no”,” Cristina says. “Winning Pride Superstar feels like the culmination of years of being told no, being told I am too big for the costumes or that I don’t look the part.”
4.Nathan de Paz President of Bunnies on The Bayou
Nathan is currently the president of Bunnies on the Bayou, Inc. – Houston’s largest social fundraising event on Easter Sunday benefiting local organizations who’s focus on the LGBTQ community. Since 2011, Bunnies has made over $670,000 in donations.
In Nathans lifetime, he has worked as a mattress salesman, a corporate marketing specialist, opera singer, public school teacher, a page-turner for pianists, and as private instructor for beginning singers.
He is an enthusiast for his local community and LGBTQ issues.
5.Susan Christian Mayors Office of Special Events
The mayor’s director of special events for the City of Houston, and has been with the city for more than 30 years. She moved to Houston from the small central-Texas town of Hico.
Since taking the head of the dictor’s office, she’s developed the mayor’s civic celebration program into a year-round blockbuster, with 3.6 million people attending over 1,000 annual events. If you’ve ever enjoyed the Fourth of July Freedom Over Texas celebration, Thanksgiving Day parade, or the Children’s Festival, then you’ve got Christian to thank. Because of her amazing dedication and service to Houston for these fascinating events, we believe Susan has earned her place in our list of ten.
6.Ashton Woods Civil Rights Activist
Ashton is a proud Houston-based activist and blogger. He is a gay atheist and “unapologetically black.” While none of these things completely define him, they highlight his multiple identities and he works to remind others that being black is not monolithic. In Ashton’s’ view, justice must be intersectional and nowhere is this walk the talk more evident than his involvement in the Black Lives Matter movement.
His ever-lasting support and volunteering for many different projects is why Ashton is one of Houston’s most fascinating people.
7.Travis Shirley Artist & Visionary
Travis Shirley has quickly gained worldwide recognition for his fresh perspective on all aspects of lighting, set and video design. After attending the world-famous ‘Fullsail University’ in Florida, Travis launched his Houston based company ‘Travis Shirley Lighting Design.’
This master of digital vision art led him to Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Jason Derulo, Smashing Pumpkins, Pentatonics, and many more allowing him to take their concert fans on a magical journey expressed by his art.
It is because of this, Travis Shirley is one fascinating person.
8.Aike Jamal Creative Artist
There is no doubt his designs are award winning, and his talent in singing is beyond this world. Aike is a master at creativity, and his skills are brought to life for the Houston community through the creative designs you see in F Bar Houston, and the soon to open Jimmy Chew’s. His undenying dedication for supporting the LGBTQ+ community through many different non-profits makes this artist something for the history books.
Aike is a graduate of the University of Houston, and his creative endeavors is what makes him one fascinating person.
9.Jeffery Harmon Business Owner & Visionary
Jeff Harmon moved to Houston in 1998. He explains that he has worked in the service industry his entire adult life, and felt it was time to do something. His quest took him to Bryan | College Station, Texas to open the first LGBTQ+ nightclub there in 2003, and later a restaurant in 2006.
In 2016, another vision led Jeffery to re-launch of one of Houston’s iconic nightclubs. This massive undertaking is a reason that makes Jeffery fascinating.
Another passion for Harmon is the LGBTQ+ community and the many non-profits he works with.
10.Jeffry Faircloth Advocate
Jeffry is self described as a theology nerd, an LGBT advocate and a history student. He’s an unorthodox Christian, and a Judy Garland fan. He’s also the co-President of the Houston PFLAG, and a member of the Mayor’s Office LGBTQ+ Advisory Board.
Once a member of Houston’s HATCH Program, Jeffry has been able to experience the LGBTQ+ community from many different angles and apply his support where it is much needed.
His strong support for LGBTQ+ youth, and their families is what makes him one fascinating Houstonian.
(Cade Michals, Nathan Neel and Blake Casey all contributed to this article)
Prominent Houston Attorney Transitions To A Woman, Finds Support From Law Firm And Clients!
(HOUSTON) — The transgender community just got a new face. A local Houston attorney has transitioned and is proud of her community and especially her law firm for their massive support.
Law firm Fish & Richardson isn’t named “Law Firm of The Year” by U.S. News for nothing. Danielle Joy “DJ” Healey, a litigator with the global firm, formally known as David Healey, said the firm worked with her to make it as easy as possible to announce her change to clients and to people at work.
Healey, a 57-year-old senior principal at the firm says; “They put an enormous amount of effort and time and energy into it. It just shows that the Fish family is really a family,” she told Law.com. Healey says she has known she was transgender since she was 4. “I’ve had to deal with. … It doesn’t change me as a person. It just allows me to live more fully and happily,” she said.
“We’re delighted that DJ was able to transition with the support of her firm. We would not say that is typical in any way, shape or form. Firms have a long way to go,” D’Arcy Kemnitz, executive director of the National LGBT Bar Association said.
In a released statement Fish & Richardson announced that
“Diversity and inclusion are crucial to the positive culture and success of our firm, and we treat everyone with respect and dignity at all times. DJ is a valued colleague and an important part of the Fish family, and we will support her completely in the months ahead.”
Ms. Healey graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1985 with honors and Brown University in 1982. Ms. Healey served as law clerk to the Honorable James DeAnda, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas, from 1985-1987.
A Local Montrose Business Has Painted The Side Of Their Business In Pride Colors To Support The Victims Of Orlando And Show Support For The Community!
A local business at 1641 Westheimer Rd. has gone rainbow, as a crew of local artists descended on the wall to make it ‘proud.’ High End Smoke Shop, in part with Select Skate Shop, wanted to express their support for the devastating Orlando attack against the LGBTQ+ community, for Montrose, and for Pride.
Local artist KC Chan, Eric Nguyen, and Al Nguyen, were commissioned by High End and Select to transform the wall into a ‘symbol’ of love, equality, and support. A wall to share their support.
The newly painted ‘Pride’ wall faces Pavement Clothing and was originally grey with the ‘Select’ logo. It now shines bright with a cast of rainbow colors.
“We wanted to show our support for Orlando” artist KC Chan stated to About News on Friday. “It’s meant to allow people to take photos, and show their pride,”Chan added.
The wall is approximately 56 feet long and 16 foot tall. Visit the wall.