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Drum roll for Bernie’s Burger Bus By Kim Hogstrom For The Leader

On Monday of this week, 75 students from Heights High School cheered and marched with the school band right through the dining room of the new Bernie’s Burger Bus to celebrate the eatery’s grand opening. The scene was one of pure joy for all those lucky enough to attend. The school’s appearance was perfect for the occasion. Bernie’s Burger Bus launched in 2010 as a food truck operating from an old yellow school bus as a “part time gig,” for owner/chef Justin Turner. Today, Turner still owns school buses to serve his loyal customers throughout Houston, but has added brick-and-mortar locations as well. With his new restaurant at 2200 Yale Street, Turner goes to the head of his food truck class. “In the beginning, we spent a lot of time in the Heights and it was very good to us when were just one old bus. Opening here feels like coming home. It just feels right,” Turner stated. Parked inside the new location, in the middle of the dining room, is the original yellow school bus - Number 1918 - now functioning as the location’s kitchen. Here again the school theme is carried forward; the menus are designed to reflect chalkboards because Bernie’s specializes in “old school” burgers, shakes and fries. Each work-of-art-on-abun has a name reflecting the same - The Principal, The Substitute, The Homeroom and so on. More than a few Houstonians have argued that BBB’s burgers are the best in town since the bus first rolled onto the scene. These devotees will point out that the condiments - katsup, mayo, mustard, pickles - are made in-house with no preservatives. Then, they will add that the burgers are hand-ground from Black Angus beef and brisket. Perhaps the proof is in the pudding, um, potatoes. In seven years, Turner has gone from one old school bus and two part-time employees, to three buses, and three brick-and-mortar locations with a total of 110 employees. How did he do it? “For starters, we began with the simple mission of serving the best burgers and fries on the planet,” Turner explained. “That’s why it was important that we used only the freshest ingredients, all made from scratch. We knew that we wanted to open restaurants and that the buses would be the perfect stepping stone to achieving that.” Turner started his career flipping burgers at a Wendy’s in Memphis, Tenn., while a teen. He moved on to an Outback Steak House, then fell under the wing of several gifted chefs who saw raw talent in the young man, and served as mentors. Eventually, Turner accepted a position as the personal

Photo contributed Heights High School Marching Band ushers in the grand opening of Bernie’s Burger Bus at 2200 Yale (clockwise from top); Schoolyard Spuds.

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Parsley: Iconic photo studio closes shop By Landan Kuhlmann

Tucked away just off Yale and 15th street in the heart of the Heights for 75 years, a family-owned jewel is shutting its doors — but it’s not saying goodbye. Parsley Studios has weathered various economic fluctuations, watched the once-quaint neighborhood transform into a bustling main street and seen many shops come and go since opening their doors in 1942. But it always stood as a beacon of the old days against an increasingly bustling backdrop before deciding to shut it down. “The economy has gone up and down, but we’ve managed to stay here for 75 years, and we’re one of the few studios in the neighborhood—most everything else is downtown,” Janet Parsley said. “We’re not selling the business, exactly, but we’re selling the building. The phone number and everything will be the same.” While Parsley and several generations have poured blood, sweat and tears into the shop for three quarters of a century, she said the extenuating circumstances dictated that the writing was on the wall. “My mother died in 2013, and she left everything to me, and I have to divide it between two of my three brothers, and I need to sell this so I can get them their share of the inheritance,” she said. “If I could make enough money here so I could give them money from what we make [at the shop] that would be fine, but I can’t do that — I just have to sell it.” Parsley’s quaint little shop has been home to many family memories, and many a pleasant interaction as cus-

New tenant for Crescere Capital’s 33⅓ @ Thirtyfourth From Staff Reports Photo contributed Heights landmark Parsley Studios officially closed its doors after 75 years in business July 31. In the coming days, the shop will have a liquidation sale.

tomer and shop owners collaborated on personal portraits and preservation of history alike. “It’s easy to get to, it’s been in a neighborhood that’s quiet. It’s an old neighborhood with a lot of history to it,” she said. “My brother was born in ’53, and my father asked my mother if we had somebody who could take care of him. She came down to help out, and never went home to stay.” Customers as far as Los Angeles, New York and anywhere in between have flocked to the little hole in the wall shop off Yale, and it has been home to photo shoots from the Kubiaks to Loretta Lynn, Roy Rogers and more—though not without some bumps. “When my father died [years ago], people thought we were gone, since they saw the obituary,” Parsley said with a wry laugh. “But then my brother suggested we take part in the Heights Festival, and we had people come from all over the state and were so enthused about the pictures.”

While the physical studio withstood that bump, as rising taxes and restrictions and, townhomes and expansive properties spring up, Parsley said the combination of extenuating circumstances and changing of the times created the perfect storm for vacating its long-time home. Though the decision remains very much up in the air, Parsley remains adamant the family will continue to keep their eyes open for opportunities to install an in-home studio that mimics the current setting. In the meantime, however, those purveyors of classic Heights photos and personal portraits won’t be forced to trek downtown — the avenue of handoff will simply adapt to the times. “We don’t need to have a studio so much, and we just can’t have people coming to the house because we’re in a restricted area,” she said. “But we can still have people call us to come meet them and pick their pictures up at the house or have them delivered.” Parsley Studios officially closed up July 31, with 75

days from the aforementioned date to leave the store. In the coming weeks, the Studio will host a liquidation sale, with most everything selling for low or near zero. For this longtime neighborhood staple, this may be bidding a physical adieu — but despite the changing times, the beat will go on. Parsley can still be reached at 713869-4641.

Little more than a year ago, renderings surfaced for Crescere Capital Management’s 33 1/3 @ Thirtyfourth development at the southwest corner of 34th Street and Ella Boulevard in Oak Forest. Now, the coming retail development has announced a new tenant the Oak Forest community is bound to love. Swamplot reported Monday afternoon that popular café chain Les Ba’get will be opening its second location on the 2.5-acre development. Known

for its bánh mì Vietnamese sandwiches and its own twist on Vietnamese-style steak and eggs, Les Ba’get currently operates out of Montrose. However, Café owners Peter “Cat” Huynh and Angie Dang have officially signed a lease for the new 3,000-square-foot store at 1717 W. 34th St., according to Swamplot, so local readers will no longer need to leave the neighborhood for the delectable treats. 33 1/3 @ Thirtyfourth will be ready for retail tenants to move in this coming fall.

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Dear Sick of the Scratching, Scratching on things is a very normal part of being a cat. In the wild, a cat will scratch on trees or the ground in order to mark his territory and sharpen his claws, but our little “lions in the living room” have to make-do with what household furnishings have to offer in the way of scratching opportunities. More often than not, this can cause some problems in the home when kitty’s clawing becomes destructive.

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Now serving cocktails, full bar at Pinch Seafood and Bar

Houston I-10/Central 5820 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77007 713-869-9211

Christina Martinez Managing Editor

The menu incorporates gulf seafood, something Nguyen said is of high importance for their menu. “We have a relationship with a small vendor,� he said. “He comes by every day with fresh oysters, shrimp, and other fresh caught gulf seafood. We have crawfish on the menu only seasonally. The crawfish has to be from Louisiana. We don’t want to use anything frozen or shipped from China.� New to the menu, Pinch Seafood and Bar is now operating as a full bar. The restaurant got caught in Super Bowl limbo, with several bars and restaurants opening at the beginning of the year, trying to open in time for the big game. Pinch’s general manager said they anticipated on having their liquor license after a month of their opening, but that month actually turned out to be six. Much awaited, Pinch Seafood and Bar is ready to shake up some drinks. The cocktail menu stays true to their Southern charm and also pays homage to Houston through drink names. Find Southern classics like their Mint Julep, which they call the Pinch Julep. Try an old fashioned or mojito. Go Houston with The Marvin Zindler, a jalapeno margarita that uses a tequila out of Stafford, or the Hakeem Dreamsicle, which pays homage to

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inch Seafood and Bar opened in late January, but only of recent have they been able to offer the “bar� portion of their name – TABC has approved their license and Pinch Seafood and Bar is now a fully operating bar and restaurant. General Manager Julian Nguyen said their concept is focused on producing high quality seafood in a laidback, casual setting with a Southern influence. The executive chef built out the menu and he’s from Biloxi, Mississippi - Nguyen says, “he’s a real Southern boy.� One of Pinch Seafood and Bar’s proprietors is also from Beyluxe; another from New Orleans. “We kind of wanted to do Southern takes with Houston ingredients and Houston flare,� Nguyen said. “So you’ll see Asian influence, Mexican influence on our menu – it’s really just a big melting pot, which is representative of Houston and how multi-cultural it is. You’ll see Texas culture reflected on our menus, too. You can’t really say ‘Southern’ anymore without taking into account all the different influences in the modern day South. If you consider Houston ‘Southern’ then you’d have to include all the cultural diversity of the city, and the Texas culture as a whole.� The Pinch Sliders are a great example from the menu of the many influences that make up Pinch’s Southern flare. The sliders are not your traditional slider – incorporating a Vietnamese-style bao as the bun (pork and egg deep fried), USDA angus beef, bacon, pickled cucumber, mayo, and a creole mustard.

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Hakeem Olajuwon – it tastes like an orange dreamsicle. Majority of their craft cocktails use either Houston based brands of liquor, or Texas. The drink that Ngyuen is most excited about: The Bromosa. This drink is served in a one liter mug, dosing an entire bottle of champagne and blood orange juice – limit one per customer. The restaurant will soon be adding their Sunday brunch menu with the kickoff for football season and Nguyen said this will be the perfect Sunday football brunch pair. The restaurant and bar said the 290 construction is going to be an uphill battle, but they are ready and appreciative of the neighborhood support thus far. To show their appre-

ciation, Pinch has sponsored the Oak Forest Home Owner’s Association and hosts a spirit night every first Monday of the month for the neighborhood association. “Every first Monday of the month, we are donating a percentage of sales from customers who come in and mention the spirit night,� Nguyen said. “The money goes towards the neighborhood patrol, and then the next month it goes to the school system – it flip flops every other month.� Pinch Seafood is located at 10510 Northwest Fwy. 77092. Find them online at www. This was a paid-for article as a part of The Leader’s advertorial program.

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White Linen must sees

Wild Art and Street Parties Art, shopping, music, dancing, food, drink, selfies, people watching, meeting old friends, making new friends and sweating ‌ a lot. White Linen Night in the Heights is back this Saturday night 6 -10 p.m., officially on the 200 and 300 block of W. 19th Street, which is closed to traffic. Over one hundred artists, musicians, sponsors and guests will setup on the street and in shops for this 11th annual white hot event. Since 2012, the artists from my show, First Saturday Arts Market, have setup their tents on 19th Street across from the shops. It’s a grueling task in a very short period of time and it takes a small army to guide, direct and help them unload. We’re rather hard on new artists that want to do this show. With such a high attendance record, it’s easy to get high expectations and overlook the short load-in time, heat and volume of people, not all are there for the art and shopping, to be honest. I’m proud of the group attending this year - many for the first time. Heather Wobbe is one such artist. She calls her jewelry company Modern Artifacts and uses techniques she studied in school and in the field as an archaeologist where she learned cultural and historical metalworking techniques as well as advanced chemical patination processes. She creates her own patinas now. “I draw inspiration from my experience working on an archaeology dig in Houston’s Historic Freedmen’s Town.â€? Wobbe said. “As well as my time as a Curatorial Assistant for the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Stone Fort Museum of Nacogdoches.â€? There is a wide variety of jewelry, from Steve Seller’s unusual coin rings to the found object art of Monique Weston. Painters Arthur Deatly and Lauren Luna, both known for their amazing cityscapes have booths. John Delafield, a potter that has worked our show for

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many years will have a booth with his earthenware pottery. Not all of the art falls under the traditional mediums. Take Jonathan Dow Elliott for example, he creates bonsai trees using shredded money for leaves. It takes a close inspection to realize what they are. Jessica Carlos creates monsters out of yarn. Her devilishly fun creations range from one eyed plants (I-Pods, get it?) to zombies and skulls in a jar. Khrystyna Balushka creates giant flowers out of paper. Cover a wall or purchase a miniature version as a pendant. Other artistic wares include “Bug in a Box,â€? tentacles escaping an English tea cup by “Squirrel with Hammer,â€? fused glass by Nicole Bolinger, leather cuffs, ceramic hearts, encaustic paintings, pencil and ink work ‌ I mean I could go

on forever. There are over 65 artists out there this year. Preview them all on the website of course. Many of the shops on 19th host music and those can be found on the official website whitelinennightintheheights. com. Here are two that may not be mentioned. The Atomic Nightingales, a Texas style Rock n’ Roll band will perform on 19th at Yale Street, sponsored by Zebra Properties. At the other end of the street, a block party has formed from 548 W. 19th to nearly Shepherd. Tea+Art Gallery (613½ W. 19th St.) and many neighboring businesses like YogaOne, TrueLite Gas and My Cabinet Source will host Picture Book, a wildly popular cover band. Southern Goods restaurant across the street is hosting The Tontons. So much cool, so little time. Find me in my bright yellow booth at the corner of Rutland and 300 W. 19th Street.

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september 27•2017

Senior EXP

September 27, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. SPJST Lodge 88 (15th & Beall)

The Leader is hosting a day-long event geared toward seniors in our community, and you’re invited. We’ve invited businesses all across the community to take part to provide information about issues that are important to you. There will be speakers attending to help with health care concerns, including the impact of the new Affordable Care Act, and how it impacts Medicare. We’ve invited professional finance planners who can help you take that dream trip or manage your fixed income better, and attorneys who will talk to you about any legal concerns you have. But this isn’t going to be all serious business, either. We’ll have breakfast in the morning and lunch in the afternoon.

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