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A Titanic Meal
If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy the same meal that was the last one served in the first class dining room aboard the Titanic, here’s your chance. The American Culinary Federation, Texas Chefs Association Houston Chapter, will be hosting its Fiftieth Chef’s Ball on Saturday, February 11. The gala will include cocktails and live entertainment as well as the same seven-course meal served on R.M.S. Titanic the night it sunk on its maiden voyage. The dinner includes oyster a la russe, poached salmon, filet de boeuf lili and a seven-layer cake. Tickets to the event are $100. For reservations, call executive chef Lester Binnick at 832-428-3209.

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Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Houston to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from yesteryear. Zula, R.I.P.

Cabo --- the downtown spot known for fish tacos and strong margaritas that opened in 1998 --- quietly closed in January. Although the voicemail and website are still working, the owners posted a sign on the window. There was no reason given for the closing, but some reports have speculated that the lack of foot traffic in the area could have been part of the reason. Another Tex-Mex style eatery also recently shuttered in downtown. The previous Cabo location in Shepherd Plaza closed in 2004. Cabo, 419 Travis St., Houston, TX 77002, no phone.
Gravitas, the once popular restaurant in the restored Antone's Famous Po' Boys & Deli site on Taft Street, has been pretty much off the foodie radar since chef Scott Tycer parted ways very publicly with fellow chef Jason Gould in 2009. After Tycer closed his other restaurant, Textile, a year and a half ago to focus on his Kraftsmen Baking company it wasn't a big surprise when he sold the Gravitas business to a limited partnership last March. But what was surprising was that Tycer bought it back in November and then suddenly closed the restaurant on January 8. In a statement posted on the door, employees and guests were told: "Words cannot express how sorry we are that this had to happen with such short notice. Scott Tycer and Gravitas Management did everything in their power to keep the restaurant open for our loyal customers and keep all of you employed." No word yet on what the building owners plan to do with the space. Gravitas, 807 Taft St., Houston, TX 77019, no phone.

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