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Little doughnuts are rolling into south Fort Worth via a new doughnut cafe. Called Batter & Beans, it'll serve doughnuts, coffee, and more, and it's opening at 3548 South Hills Ave., south of TCU in Westcliff Center.

They'll be right around the corner from Cafe Bella [which it should be noted recently won Best Neighborhood Restauant in CultureMap's 2023 Tastemaker Awards].

Batter & Beans will be a family-owned collaboration between Matthew Whip, a partner at Ernst & Young, and his brother-in-law, who worked for a restaurant group in Michigan and brings the food knowhow.

They'll be doing miniature doughnuts, similar to the Pittsburgh-based Peace, Love, and Little Donuts chain (which has one location in Texas, in Southlake).

They're aiming to be open by early fall.

"We'll be doing fresh, made-to-order mini cake doughnuts plus premium coffee we're sourcing out of Chicago, from Metropolis, a small-batch artisan roaster," Whip says. "We're originally from the Chicago area, and that's always been my favorite roaster, and they also roast coffee for Yolk, which has a location in Sundance Square."

The cafe will also offer fresh lemonade, iced tea, and ice cream, for neighbors who want to stop in for a treat at night.

Whip and his family first relocated from the Chicago area to North Texas in 2018, then moved down the street from the shop last year. It's a small storefront, about 920 square feet, and they're currently in the final stages of design and permitting.

"There's lots of kids in this neighborhood, and I think a place with mini doughnuts would do well," Whip says.

It was only after they signed on to do the shop that they learned from a neighbor that the space they're taking had good doughnut karma, with a longtime history as a doughnut shop, most recently a place called Donut Palace. Sadly, it closed during the pandemic. Now the doughnuts will return.


New cafe in North Fort Worth does eggtastic breakfast, brunch, and lunch

Brunch News

There's an exciting new restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and brunch in Fort Worth's Alliance Town Center: Called Eggtastic Brunch Cafe, it's located at 9160 North Fwy. #452, in the same shopping center as Sam Moon, where it opened in mid-April and is already drawing raves from locals for its hearty and well-made dishes, doting service, and cheerful bright atmosphere.

The menu includes omelets, pancakes in a wide assortment of varieties, benedicts, skillets, crepes, and specials such as steak & eggs featuring a substantial 8-ounce ribeye with a side of golden Waffle-House-style hash browns.

They take basics like French toast and give them a little something extra, via treatments such as banana & Nutella French toast with slices of fresh banana. There's also a cinnamon roll option, dipped in batter and fried, then topped with cream cheese icing.

There's biscuits & gravy, migas, a breakfast sandwich with bacon, egg, & American cheese on choice of bagel or croissant, and a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, tomato, onion, jalapeño, Monterey Jack & cheddar, and hash browns in a flour tortilla.

They do a "sweet combo" option with eggs, choice of bacon, ham, or sausage, and choice of two pancakes, French toast, crepes, or waffles. They also cover the "healthy" category with avocado toast, and a granola bowl with berries and yogurt.

Lunch options include salads such as Cobb and chicken Caesar, chicken-fried chicken and chicken-fried steak, burgers - including one topped with fried egg & American cheese, as well as a Beyond burger option - sandwiches, and wraps.

On trend with breakfast and brunch restaurants, they also offer cocktails ranging from mimosas and bloody Marys to an avocado margarita with pineapple & spicy tajin; an Irish coffee with Bailey's and Jameson; and the luscious-sounding Abuletias Con Cafe, with Don Julio Blanco, Abuelita chocolate, coffee, and whipped cream, a bargain at $9.

The restaurant is the newest venture from the Kim family, who own a number of restaurants in the area including Hanabi Hibachi and Sushi, right across from Eggtastic.

Co-owner Ted Kim says they love doing breakfast and brunch, but that they've expanded into a new arena at Eggtastic.

"This is our first restaurant that incorporates a commercial coffee roaster outlet," Kim says.

They're using the beans for their in-house coffee program, which runs the gamut from espresso drinks to straight brewed coffee, and they're also selling roasted beans, roasted from light to medium to dark.

"We're sourcing green beans from coffee growers around the world - that's been a highlight for us," Kim says.


New French-inspired cafe in Arlington serves breakfast and brunch all day

Brunch News

There's an elegant, independently-owned breakfast and brunch restaurant newly opened in Arlington with some fresh and creative takes on the same old morning fare. Called Lac Bleu Brunch Cafe, it's a French-inspired brunch restaurant that just opened at 3990 N. Collins St. #116, in a small center across from Lake Viridian — "Lac Bleu" is French for "blue lake."

They're serving brekky basics such as omelets, pancakes, and French toast, but often with a fun little twist. For example, with your classic breakfast of eggs, sausage, and bacon, you can get a choice of toast or one of a quartet of little "sweets" that include mini-waffles and mini-pancakes.

And here's another twist: There are three neat breakfast bowls all using hashbrowns as a base. Hashbrowns!

As follows:

  • Meaty, hashbrowns topped with bacon, sausage, ham, & eggs - kind of like a standard breakfast plate, but all rolled into a bowl.
  • Veggie, hashbrowns with spinach, mushroom, onion, tomato, pepper, eggs, and optional plant-based sausage, which is cool.
  • Farmers, hashbrowns topped with sausage, bacon, or ham, plus eggs, sauteed onions, & peppers.

Benedicts come in three varieties: with Canadian bacon & Hollandaise, with cream cheese & lox, or a California benedict with avocado and tomato.

Breakfast sandwiches include the buzzy Croque Monsier, which they describe as ham and Swiss on sourdough and "an outer layer of cheese"; and croque Madame, like a Monsier, but with the addition of a sunny-side egg.

Lunch options include a cheeseburger, a Beyond burger, and a quartet of panini: chicken pesto, Caprese with spinach-tomato-mozzarella cheese, a French dip with roast beef, caramelized onions, & provolone, and a turkey-cranberry with Swiss cheese.

A healthy section features toasts: avocado toast, peanut-butter, and a delicate cream cheese with sliced cucumber. There's also oatmeal with fruit, granola-yogurt bowl, and two chia puddings, also healthy, with choice of almond milk or coconut milk.

There are hot and cold coffee and espresso drinks and a selection of cocktails that include mimosas, bellinis, a St. Germain margarita, a screwdriver, and a tequila sunrise, how cool is that.

Lac Bleu is actually a spinoff of Egg Bar Brunch, its sister restaurant in South Arlington which opened at 457 E. Interstate 20, #121 in early 2021. Egg Bar has a significantly larger menu that extends into categories like pizza, not to mention a machine on-site that squeezes fresh orange juice for the mimosas. Lac Bleu is smaller, more refined, and healthier.

Either way, both locations serve breakfast all day. (Well, "all day" in this case is "until 3 pm" since that is when they close.)

"We take pride in our passion for fresh ingredients, honest cooking, and an enjoyable atmosphere," says spokesperson Junghwan Sung.


Huckleberry's bountiful breakfasts with Cajun twist to debut in Keller

Pancake News

There's big breakfast news for residents of Keller and beyond: Huckleberry's, a breakfast-and-lunch chain based in California, is opening a location in Keller at 711 Keller Pkwy., in a former location of Dickey's Barbecue Pit.

According to a post from the city of Keller, the bodacious new breakfast spot will open in June. There are also plans to open a location in Sachse, later in 2023.

Billed as "Southern cookin' with a California twist," Huckleberry's takes a Cajun spin on breakfast. Signatures include stuffed French toast and a category called "skillet hotties" featuring eggs topped with Cajun ingredients such as Andouille sausage and shrimp.

Other favorites include Creole catfish, chicken-fried steak, shrimp po' boys, and fried green tomatoes.

Too bad they're not already open because their Mardi Gras beignet sitting on vanilla cream and topped with fresh fruit would surely have made our list of Mardi Gras treats.

Lunch includes items like the spicy Bayou chicken sandwich as well as a California chicken sandwich.

They deploy a Southern-themed atmosphere with a log cabin exterior (not unlike Black Bear Diner, a similar concept, also based in California) and river rock pillared patios. The interior features weeping willow trees, firefly pinpoint lights, and Zydeco music playing in the background.

Huckleberry's is part of Heritage Restaurant Brands, which also oversees Cool Hand Luke’s Steakhouse/Saloon and Perko’s Cafe Grill.

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This roundup of Fort Worth restaurant news has breakfast on the brain

News You Can Eat

If you're a morning person, this roundup of Fort Worth restaurant news has you in mind. It's loaded with tidbits about breakfast, brunch, and everything in between. There's new breakfast restaurants, new breakfast menus, and a little coffee news for good measure. It seems hard to believe we could find more new breakfast options barely days after we posted our recent Tastemaker Awards roundup of new breakfast places, and yet here we are, talking about breakfast again.

Here's what's happening in Fort Worth dining news:

Dayne's Craft Barbecue and Lola's Fort Worth are relocating to 2000 W. Berry St. According to a Facebook post, Dayne's Craft Barbecue will finish out the month of May at 2735 W. 5th St. (where they are now), then will close the first two weeks of June, then reopen for business on June 17. "No one is closing; we are just moving," their post says. "We hope to continue seeing our favorite familiar faces, and look forward to some new ones as we enter this new exciting chapter with the amazing Lola’s crew."

Rush Bowls, a healthy "bowls" concept from Colorado, is opening a location in Southlake, at 1151 E. Southlake Blvd. in late May. Rush is a fast-casual restaurant chain known for healthy meals in a bowl, made with nuts, fruit, yogurt, and granola. They entered the DFW market in 2018, and currently have three in the area. This will be the fourth and according to a release, is being opened by franchisees Mike and April Fuchs.

Mango's is a breakfast and brunch concept which now has two locations: Keller, at 900 S. Main St. #305, and the original in Southlake, at 2750 E. Southlake Blvd. #140. Their menu includes omelets, benedicts, and so-called healthy starters such as an egg white omelet, an avocado stuffed with egg whites & turkey sausage, and avocado toast. OK that last one is healthy. There's also breakfast tacos, skillets, waffles, chicken & waffles, fried chicken, salads, burgers, melts, and wraps.

Lone Spur Cafe is a breakfast-and-lunch chain based in Prescott, Arizona that's expanding to DFW suburbs with locations now open in Bedford, Denton, and Allen. They do breakfast and lunch, with "cowboy food, great cowboy service, and genuine cowboy charm." They also love mounting animal heads and other body parts. Allen has a dead bear pelt on the wall, and their Facebook page posted a video of a horse marching with the painful "walking" gait produced when trainers apply caustic substances to the horses' hooves, a practice now outlawed. The menu features egg dishes plus chicken-fried steak, burgers, and ribeye steaks. The Denton Record Chroniclesays they're also opening locations in Grapevine, the Stockyards in Fort Worth, and McKinney.

Snooze an A.M. Eatery, the breakfast-and-lunch chain with robust brunch action, will launch a new menu on May 19 with Parmesan-Panko Crab Cake Benedict, Burrata & Prosciutto Toast, Monte Cristo Brioche French Toast, Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes, and more.

Bark Tacos & Smoke is a fun new mobile pop-up barbecue concept from chef Blythe Bridges, formerly of Chef Blythe's Southern Bistro, known for her homey Southern food. She's branching out, expanding her repertoire into other popular cuisines such as smoked meats and tacos including buzzy dishes like birria tacos. She's doing catering and events such as the brunch at Rancho Loma Vineyards this Sunday, May 22.

Salad and Go, the salad chain, is opening three new locations in North Texas, including one in Fort Worth on Summer Creek Drive, along with a location in Sachse and Dallas at Midway & Trinity. Salad and Go does salads, wraps, breakfast burritos, soup, lemonades, iced tea, and cold brew, in generous portions for cheap.

Wildwood Grill, the popular locally-owned Southern-themed chain with two locations, is ready to make it three. They're opening a location at the CityLine Market in Richardson, which they expect to open in June. Owners Dave & Mary Garner quit the corporate world to open the first Wildwood Grill in Southlake in 2009, then opened in Garland in 2017. They've become known not only for steaks cooked over oak and hickory, along with burgers, whiskey, and beer, but also for being a neighborhood- and family-friendly place with reliable food and doting service.

Lazy Dog Restaurant and its virtual concept, Jolene's Wings & Beer has a lineup of new menu items launching May 18: Street Corn Fries topped with mozzarella, tajín-lime sauce, charred sweet corn, tomatoes, queso blanco, and cilantro; and Spacedust Wings tossed in a combination of orange, Szechuan peppercorn, and chile spices.

Le Gourmet Baking, a DFW-based company that does iced shortbread cookies, has added Williams-Sonoma to the places that sell their cookies online. Founded by Dallas entrepreneur Becky Nelson in 2012, Le Gourmet does a nontraditional cookie that's thick, soft, and cake-like. Can you call that a shortbread? It surely fits Dallas tastes since Dallas recoils from anything hard or crisp. Williams-Sonoma is selling three varieties — graduation cookies, patriotic, and Father's Day — $60 for a dozen.

Modern Market, the excellently affordable fast-casual concept with five DFW locations, has brought back its cult classic Street Corn Pizza topped with Mexican-style street corn on a cheddar cream sauce with mozzarella, fresh jalapeño, chile powder, smoked crema, and cotija cheese. Like an elotes pizza, see. It's part of a new set of dishes for summer that include chile steak sandwich​​​​​​​​, supremo pizza, seared ahi salad​​​​​​​​, and kale Caesar side salad, although why you couldn't get two kale Caesar side salads and call it a main salad, I have no idea.

Rusty Taco has a new Southern Fried Chicken Taco with fried chicken, diced dill pickles, BBQ honey mustard, and slaw. The pickles and mustard are new, as is a Rusty Tango margarita with a sangria swirl.

Luna Grill has two new wraps: hearty and comforting Mediterranean Chicken Wrap with kale medley, chickpea salad, and feta in a multigrain lavash; and the crunchy refreshing Apple Walnut Chicken Wrap with candied walnuts, apple slices, gorgonzola, cranberries, kale medley, and pomegranate dressing in a multigrain lavash. Priced at $10.49.

Melting Pot has a new Best Fondue Friends Forever three-course menu of cheese fondue, salad, and chocolate fondue, starting at $35. A four-course version for $47 includes an entrée. An enhanced selection of dippers includes prosciutto, pretzel bread, seasonal veggies & fruit, macarons, Oreo-dusted marshmallows, and fresh fruit. Shareable Sips is a new menu of cocktails such as Pink Crush, with New Amsterdam Pink Whitney Vodka and La Marca Prosecco.

Starbucks has debuted two new year-round items: Chocolate Cream Cold Brew, featuring Cold Brew topped with chocolate cream cold-foam and sweetened with vanilla syrup. They say that the combination of coffee and chocolate, along with the malt flavor in the chocolate cream cold foam, is designed to evoke a chocolate malted milkshake or that last bit of melted chocolate ice cream on a warm summer day. There's also a Lime-Frosted Coconut Bar, combining coconut, oatmeal, and mini white chocolate chips, topped with lime frosting, white icing, and coconut shavings. Frappuccino flavors these days include Caramel Ribbon Crunch and Mocha Cookie Crumble.

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Rise and shine for Fort Worth's top 10 restaurants for great breakfast

Tastemaker Awards

Wake up wake up, it's time for the latest entry in the 2022 edition of the annual Tastemaker Awards, CultureMap's culinary celebration shining a light on the top talent in Fort Worth's restaurant and bar communities.

Part of that celebration includes an editorial series in which we profile nominees for Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, and a bracket-style competition for Best New Restaurant. Check out our page with all the nominees, all of which have been voted on by a panel of judges consisting of former CultureMap Tastemaker Award winners and local F&B experts.

It'll culminate in a party on May 10 at 4 Eleven, at 411 S. Main St., emceed by comedian CJ Starr, where attendees get to dine on bites from nominated restaurants and find out who the winners are in all the categories. (Tickets are on sale here.)

The category we're here to toast is our wild card, which this year is Best Breakfast. In recent years, Fort Worth has enjoyed a big breakfast boom, with lots of new places dedicated to breakfast and brunch, and big crowds to fill the seats.

Here are the 10 nominees for 2022 Best Breakfast:

Ol' South Pancake House
Before breakfast was a trend, Ol' South was serving it 24 hours a day, at the ready with strong coffee for the morning crowd and just as welcoming late at night for post-party nosh. Founded in 1962, it's been an institution, thanks to its lengthy menu, super-cheap prices, accessible location off I-30, and proximity to TCU for that built-in college crowd. German pancakes are their signature plus home-cooking dishes such as biscuits and CFS.

Snooze an A.M. Eatery
Denver-based chain likes to say it turns breakfast into a party, and it's definitely been a game-changer since it entered the DFW market in 2016, with super-creative dishes like pineapple upside-down pancakes and breakfast pot pie, and its wholehearted embrace of day drinking (responsibly, of course). The FW Snooze opened in 2018 on West 7th Street, unique in that it was the first location with two stories, not unique in that there's always a line to get in.

Seven Mile Cafe
Small, wholesome breakfast chain was founded in Denton in 2011, but loves Tarrant County, too, especially the north side with outposts in Keller and Far North Fort Worth, where it opened a location in 2019. They're known for fantastic breakfasts, with numerous benedicts and 10 kinds of pancakes, including a pancake sampler, with three different flavors: buttermilk, blueberry, and red velvet. They also serve lunch and offer numerous vegan options.

Cafe Republic
Breakfast and lunch restaurant is owned by two Fort Worth police officers: E.K. Halim and Jimmy Pollozani, who comes from a family that has owned restaurants. Their menu includes eggs, omelets, French toast, Belgian waffles, pancakes, crepes, sandwiches, salads, paninis, and burgers made from black Angus beef, and their portions are generous, a sure crowd-pleaser. They've become a neighborhood hub, hosting local candidates running for office and honoring military veterans.

Hot Box Biscuit Club
Originally a popular pop-up, Hot Box opened in 2019 in the happening South Main area, where they serve breakfast and lunch. Buttermilk biscuits and biscuit sandwiches are the thing, in combos such as fried chicken with sausage gravy, along with Southern classics such as pimento cheese hush puppies and deviled eggs, and a full bar. They're a returning Tastemaker Awards nominee, winning the award for Best New Restaurant in 2020.

The Biscuit Bar
Local chain cleverly focused on biscuits was founded in 2018 by husband-and-wife Jake & Janie Burkett, who do a fast-casual yet high-quality take on scratch biscuits with a wide range of toppings. There are five DFW locations including the Stockyards which opened in 2019. Menu items include biscuit & egg, Buffalo blue chicken biscuit, charcuterie biscuit, and the Monte Cristo, as well as an assortment of tots, salads, and brunch cocktails like mimosas.

The Beacon Cafe
Formerly located at Hicks Airfield, this sweet family-owned spot (not related to Beacon Cafe on Beach) has three great B's: breakfast, brunch, and burgers, made with TLC by irrepressible chef Christie Murrell. Their weekend brunch starts early and boasts omelet and pancake stations featuring pineapple upside-down pancakes, cinnamon rolls, and French toast bread pudding, plus fun specials such as peanut-butter-and-jelly crepes. They have one other thing that people love: low prices.

Our Brunch Spot
They may say brunch in the name but this neighborhood favorite in Keller serves breakfast and lunch as well, with a massive menu, featuring eggs, sandwiches, burgers, and more. They have skillets, migas, biscuits & gravy, avocado toast, crepes, waffles, 10 kinds of omelets, and 10 kinds of pancakes including raspberry, pecan, and s'mores. Lunch extends from sandwiches to wraps, chicken fried steak, burgers, and patty melts.

Dixie House Cafe
Fort Worth is blessed to have three locations of this venerable home-cooking chain — Hulen Street, Lancaster, and Hurst — serving on-the-money renditions of classics such as chicken-fried steak, pot roast, smothered pot roast, chicken pot pie, and fragrant yeast rolls. Breakfasts are bountiful with bacon & egg combos, fat breakfast tacos, and puffy omelets with crispy fried shredded potatoes that cover the plate. Oh, and the pies — lemon meringue, coconut cream, plus cobbler, plus cheesecake, plus poke cake — all amazing.

First Watch
Florida-based chain open for breakfast and lunch is a go-getter, with a big expansion across DFW in the past few years including eight in Tarrant County. Their menu ranges from traditional favorites, such as omelets, pancakes, sandwiches, and salads, to unique specialty items like the Chickichanga and fruit crepes. They keep things fresh by cycling in new menu items regularly, and also offer complimentary newspapers and free Wi-Fi.

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'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Yellowstone news

Yellowstone fans, get your comfy shoes ready - there'll be a long line for this one. Cole Hauser a.k.a. "Rip Wheeler" on Yellowstone, and Taylor Sheridan, the show's co-creator, executive producer, and director of the series, will meet fans and sign autographs at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

The event will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm only on Friday, February 3. Location is the 6666 Ranch booth near the south end of Aisle 700 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall.

According to a February 2 announcement from FWSSR, "fans will have the opportunity to snag an autograph as well as purchase some distinctive Yellowstone and 6666 Ranch merchandise while also enjoying all the features the Stock Show offers."

The event is free to attend (with paid Stock Show admission) and open to the public.

It's the second year in a row for Hauser to appear at FWSSR; in 2022, he and fellow cast mates drew huge crowds.

Sheridan, a Paschal High School graduate, is no stranger to Fort Worth; he lives in a ranch near Weatherford and filmed 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone, in and around Fort Worth. Currently, another spinoff, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, is filming in North Texas.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is winding up its 2023 run on Saturday, February 4.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus navigates marriage pitfalls in You Hurt My Feelings

Movie Review

Anybody who’s been married or in a long-term relationship knows that it’s almost impossible to be completely honest with his or her partner. There are always going to be moments – whether for the sake of expediency, in a show of support, or other reasons – when one person withholds their true opinion so as not to hurt the other person’s feelings.

That idea is the central tension point of You Hurt My Feelings, which follows Beth (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a writer/teacher, and her husband, Don (Tobias Menzies), a therapist. Beth is in the middle of trying to get her first fiction book published, a process that is causing her unceasing anxiety. Don sees a series of patients, including a constantly-bickering couple (played by real-life husband and wife David Cross and Amber Tamblyn), and a few lapses cause him to question his commitment to the profession.

When Beth and her sister, Sarah (Michaela Watkins), accidentally overhear Don telling his brother-in-law, Mark (Arian Moayed), that he doesn’t like Sarah’s new book and is exhausted having to tell her otherwise, it sends Beth into an emotional spiral. The aftermath winds up pulling in not just the two couples, but also Beth and Don’s son, Eliot (Owen Teague), dredging up feelings that all of them normally try to keep hidden.

Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, the film is a funny and genuine look at how even the best couples can run into pitfalls. By most measures, Beth and Don get along fantastically well, supporting each other unwaveringly and showing their love in a variety of ways. When the story puts them at odds with each other, there’s never a question that they belong together, as even their arguments are tinged with exasperation instead of anger.

Holofcener complements the story of Beth and Don with a nice variety of side plots, including Eliot trying to start his own writing career while working at a weed store; Beth and Sarah’s mom, Georgia (Jeannie Berlin), offering up support and criticism in equal measures; and more. Don’s patients and Beth’s students offer an opportunity to expand the two characters’ personalities outside of their marriage while also adding a few other funny roles.

While perhaps not the most insightful film about marriage that’s ever been made, it is still highly enjoyable thanks to Holofcener’s writing and the strong performances. Filmed in New York City, the particular feel of that urban landscape and the way it affects the lives of the characters also plays a big part in the success of the film.

Louis-Dreyfus, as always, is a delight to watch. A kind of spiritual sequel to her previous collaboration with Holofcener, 2013’s Enough Said, the film gives her plenty of room to show off both her comedic and dramatic skills. Menzies makes for a steady presence, showing good chemistry with Louis-Dreyfus and a preternatural calm in therapy sessions. Watkins, Moayed, Teague, and Berlin all fit in seamlessly.

You Hurt My Feelings is not a world-changing kind of movie, but rather a solidly-told story about how relationships can be complicated. With actors who are easy to like and Holofcener’s reliably great filmmaking, it’s a movie for adults that’s nice counter-programming to the glut of summer blockbusters.


You Hurt My Feelings is now playing in theaters.

Tobias Menzies and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in You Hurt My Feelings

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Tobias Menzies and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in You Hurt My Feelings.

Gow Media powers up new site to report on major Texas city's energy transition

Website news

A new media platform from CultureMap's parent company officially has gone live: EnergyCapitalHTX.com, announced in March, is now up and running. Houston-based Gow Media, a multi-platform media company that owns CultureMap, InnovationMap, SportsMap, and Houston's ESPN Radio 97.5FM and 92.5FM, launched the site June 1 at an event at Gow Media's office.

“We are excited to roll out our new outlet, EnergyCapitalHTX.com. We have been very impressed by Houston’s efforts to lead the global transition of energy and to address the 'dual challenge' of meeting the world’s growing demand for energy while at the same time reducing carbon emissions,” says David Gow, CEO of Gow Media.

“On our new site, we plan to provide informative, unbiased coverage of the Houston-based initiatives, spanning big corporations and startups," he continues. "We hope that a site dedicated to the transition will bring visibility to the city’s substantive progress and to the path forward.”

The site will cover Houston's energy transition ecosystem — the people, companies, capital sources, and numerous initiatives in Houston. Lindsey Ferrell serves as the inaugural editor of the site.

The site’s first sponsor is HETI, which launched in 2021. Led by Executive Director Jane Stricker, HETI was founded to drive economic growth in the Houston area within the energy transition toward a lower carbon future.

“We are excited to support Gow Media with the launch of EnergyCapitalHTX.com,” Stricker says in an earlier news release. "There is so much innovative and exciting activity in our ecosystem. Houston is the Energy Capital of the World, and this platform will amplify the energy leadership that is already happening here.”