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Houston’s The Palm, closed since February 16, is set to reopen late this summer. The popular Galleria-area eatery known for thick steaks and big lobsters, is undergoing a massive renovation and expansion, adding 100 more seats. Beyond updating the decor, it's also adding Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and mood lighting; the menu will be tweaked, too. According to the 85-year-old company, the Houston redo is part of a nationwide updating. The Houston restaurant was chosen as the prototype because of the thriving restaurant economy here. The Palm, 6100 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77057, 713-977-2544.
Local Pour, a gastropub in River Oaks, just opened with a dual focus on food, 48 Texas beers on tap, wines and spirits. Chef Kevin Bryant --- who opened Capitol at St. Germain and is working on opening his own restaurant soon --- is the talent behind the menu full of shareable American pub favorites crafted with local ingredients. Many of the main dishes call for beers and spirits as ingredients during preparation to enhance the flavor. Sample local beer-infused dishes include Southern Star-braised short ribs, Fireman's 4 mac & cheese and Leprechaun's cider-glazed Brussels sprouts. The pub is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week and will soon offer a Sunday brunch. Added bonus: It features live music most nights. Local Pour, 1952 W Gray St., Houston, TX 77019, 713-521-7687.

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L’Olivier Steps Up the Burger Game
May is National Burger Month, and even the French are joining America’s obsession. Olivier Ciesielski of L’Olivier Restaurant & Bar will offer a special high-end burger for the month of May. And by high-end, we mean a burger with foie gras and truffles, something befitting the trendy Montrose French eatery where diners are more used to beef Bourguignon. No word yet on the cost of this Frenchified burger, but do expect to spend more than at the local burger hut, especially if you plan to pair it with a glass or two of Rauze Lafargue. L’Olivier Restaurant & Bar, 240 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77006, 713-360-6313.
Quattro Brings the Family Together for Sunday Supper
The Four Seasons Hotel Houston’s Quattro is catering to families with its new Sunday Super offerings. And you really can afford to bring the whole family: the revolving menu features three courses, served family style, for $20 per adult, $10 for kids and free for those under three. Executive chef Maurizio Ferrarese offers a choice of soup or salad, varying pasta dishes and pizzas and a choice of dessert, including ice cream, sorbets or milkshakes. Adults can order beverages from the bar or bring their own bottle with no added corkage fee. The new Sunday Supers run from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Quattro, Four Seasons Hotel Houston, 1300 Lamar St., Houston, TX 77010, 713-276-4700.

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