East End Backyard Opens, Jollof Rice King Debuts Next Week

East End Backyard, 1105 Sampson, opens October 9. The spacious outdoor venue from owner and Houston Dynamo legend Brian Ching offers a bar with a 16,000 square foot dog-friendly patio with a 3,500-square-foot dog park. The massive outdoor space offers plenty of social distancing room for lawn games, relaxing with pod friends and live music. The full bar has 25 beers and ciders on tap, including local selections from 8th Wonder, Saint Arnold, Eureka Heights and No Label plus a cocktail menu. For nosh, there will be a rotating line-up of local food trucks.

Ching, who also owns Pitch 25 Beer Park, launched a NextSeed crowdfunding campaign for East End Backyard last May. In a press release from business partner Nick Scurfield of the Scurfield Group public relations agency, Ching said:  “We wanted to create a laidback outdoor space where people could socialize with friends. Right now, our top priority is to provide a safe, comfortable environment with lots of room for social distancing, and we think it will be the perfect place for that.” Besides Scurfield, Ching has also brought in Jimmy Tzannis as a partner. Tzannis is a former manager at Ching’s Pitch 25 which is a sports-centric bar and beer garden on Walker.

Former Dynamo Brian Ching and son Chase.EXPAND

Former Dynamo Brian Ching and son Chase.

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The outdoor space offers bright-colored furniture such as Adirondack chairs and wood picnic tables with umbrellas. There are also sofas for lounging. The fenced-in dog park features several tables so that patrons can sit and enjoy a drink while watching their pooches play and make new friends. Reservations can also be made in advance for dog parties. Magnolia trees, crape myrtle trees and Spanish sycamores offering shade on a sunny Houston day.

East End Backyard has an interior bar as well.EXPAND

East End Backyard has an interior bar as well.

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The interior bar offers 1,300 square feet of space in a converted bright blue 1930s bungalow. The interior wallpaper brings the outdoor garden vibe inside and seating includes high-top bar tables made from recycled antique bicycles and reclaimed barn wood, made by Inspired Finds out of Des Moines, Iowa.

There are two other 1930s bungalows on the property and Ching has future plans for those, including a taco shop or coffee shop and a merchandise store for artists Donkeeboy and Donkeemom whose studio is in the neighborhood. The mom and son art duo of Alex Roman Jr. and Sylvia Roman is working on a signature mural for East End Backyard’s patio. There are plans for additional murals on the property by other local artists.

Oxtails and jollof rice offer diners a taste of West Africa.

Oxtails and jollof rice offer diners a taste of West Africa.

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Jollof Rice King, 3833 Richmond, opens October 13, as reported by Eater Houston. The new West African restaurant comes from husband and wife Ayo and Tiffaney Odewale who also own Taste of Nigeria and Cafe Abuja. The newest restaurant’s opening was delayed due to the pandemic but the couple saw the chance

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Meghan King Decorated Her House for Halloween

Fall has arrived, and it seems that Meghan King has miniature goblins and candy corn at the top of her mind. In her recent Instagram Stories, The Real Housewives of Orange County alum shared a look at the holiday decor she’s putting up, and it’s safe to say that things are getting very Halloween-y at Meghan’s house. 

First, the podcast host added a seasonal wreath to her front door. With witchy legs clad in orange-and-black striped tights, the decor had a sign that read The Witch Is In. And in the front yard, the skeletons were in: There were faux bones littered among the greenery lining the front walkway.

“Oh my goodness, where did that come from? That is spooky,” she jested with her daughter Aspen. (Call it an early trick.) But that’s not where the ghoulish decor ended: The bushes along the front of the house were decked with ghostly spiderwebs and creepy-crawly spiders. 

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Burger King reveals restaurant redesign with suspended kitchen and exterior to-go lockers

Burgers are making their way to the future.

The world is changing and, apparently, so is Burger King. The restaurant chain recently unveiled new designs for its locations that will fulfill “changing guest demand,” according to the company.

The new restaurant designs will reportedly provide guests with multiple ordering and delivery modes, depending on their needs or wants. (Burger King)


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In a press release shared with Fox News, Burger King confirmed that the new designs were created by an in-house design team with Restaurant Brands International (Burger King’s parent company). The designs were also created with input from the technology, operations and food innovation teams.

The new restaurants are set to be built in Miami, Latin America and the Caribbean in 2021.


The revamped designs will provide guests with multiple ordering and delivery modes, depending on their needs or wants. The new restaurants will also have a physical footprint that’s 60% smaller than traditional Burger King restaurants, achieved by having the kitchen and the dining room suspended over the drive-thru lanes.

A conveyer belt system will deliver food from the kitchen to the drive-thru.

A conveyer belt system will reportedly deliver food from the kitchen to the drive-thru. (Burger King)

For guests placing online and delivery orders, coded lockers will be placed on the exterior of the restaurant. Food will be placed directly into these lockers from the kitchen.


“In March our in-house design and tech team accelerated new restaurant design plans and pushed the limits of what a Burger King restaurant could be,” said Josh Kobza, chief operating officer for Restaurant Brands International. “We took into consideration how consumer behaviors are changing and our guests will want to interact with our restaurants. The result is a new design concept that is attractive to guests and will allow our franchisees to maximize their return.”

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