Final Pouring of Heights Wine Bar and Other Closings Lead Our Top Stories

Editor’s note: Time to recap the main stories on CultureMap from the past week.

1. Exit of Heights wine bar leads to closure of 3 restaurants in Houston to know right now. Rising rents and other challenges mean three more Houston restaurants are closing.

2. Sleek new Boulevard Oaks tower replaces controversial Ashby skyscraper. Aimed at reducing empty nests and single-family homeowners, the project promises “the valet and concierge services of a five-star hotel and the craftsmanship of a custom home.”

3. An exciting new all-day Mediterranean cafe has a much-awaited opening date in the East End. Cafe chefs bring impressive resumes to their new venture.

4. 16 of Houston’s best new restaurants are vying for the coveted title of Tastemakers. Is it bragging if we point out that two past winners, Blood Bros. BBQ and Xin Chao, are currently finalists for the James Beard Award?

5. 2 Houston neighbors named some of America’s most livable small towns in 2022. The analysis compared 286 cities across 11 measures related to housing affordability, job opportunities, healthcare accessibility, income equality and entertainment density.

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