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YUM o’ the Irish


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Join us as we pay homage to Irish culture with an offering of St. Patty’s-themed food and beer specials!

MKT BAR Specials
Served March 14-17, 2PM-kitchen close

Shepherd’s Stew $11
Phoenicia’s own Guinness beef stew served in a cast iron pan, topped with whipped potatoes, browned in the oven and served with Irish soda bread

The Irish $12
Pizza topped with Irish-shredded corned beef, gold potatoes, Brussels sprout leaves and Irish cheddar

Dessert

Shamrock Pie $7
A zesty lemon curd topped with a baked meringue

Featured Irish Beers

Guinness Stout $4
The Irish stout all others are measured against and the one crafted to perfection for more than 200 years.

Brooklyn Brewery Dry Irish Stout $4
Proudly carries on the tradition of dry stouts brewed in Ireland for centuries. A blend of dark roasted, pale, and flaked malts produce rich coffee and chocolate flavors to enjoy on St. Patty’s or any ol’ day.

Gelato $2.75-$3.50
Bailey’s Irish Cream
St. Pat’s Mint Chocolate Chip
Guinness

Irish Cream Affogato $4.95
Irish Cream Cheesecake gelato topped w/ 2 shots of espresso, served w/ a shortbread cookie

MKT BAR Brunch
Served Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15
French Toast with macerated strawberries  $9
Corned Beef hash $6

Phoenicia In-Store Specials
Available March 11-17

Featured Cheeses
Kerrygold Cashel Blue
Tuxford and Tebbutt Mature Irish Cheddar
Cahill’s Farm Cheddar with Porte

Soup Bar
Irish Beef Stew
Potato Leek Soup
Split Pea and Ham Soup

Featured Cold Deli Specials
Corned Beef
Cabbage w/ Bacon
Mini Shepherd’s Pies
Twice-baked Irish potatoes w/ green onions topped w/ Irish cheddar

Featured Hot Grille Specials
Rotating March 11-March 17

Cottage Pie (beef) w/ root vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes topped with Stout gravy
House-made Corned Beef
Braised Cabbage
Rosemary and Thyme-roasted Potatoes

Bakery
Available March 11-17
Chocolate mint mousse, green tea and white chocolate cake and shamrock cookie
Irish soda bread

 

MKT BAR Boot Scootin’ Steak Nights


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Giddy up and GO TEXAN as we circle the wagons to bring you four Boot Scootin’ Steak Nights. Savor great grub with a Texas twang, wash it down with beer and wine specials, and two-step till the cows come home with live country music.

Go Texan Menu

MKT Frito Pie w/ Haig’s Chili $8
ground chuck steak with onions, roasted peppers, fava beans and chickpeas

BBQ Ribs $12.99
with sweet potato salad

Ribeye $12.99
with iron-skillet baked beans and fresh tossed coleslaw

Double-Cut Pork Chop $17
with iron-skillet baked beans and fresh tossed coleslaw

Beer & Wine Specials
Texas beer flights
Select Texas wine offerings

Dessert

Mile High Key Lime Pie $7

Music Line-up

  • Tuesday, Feb. 24 – Broken Spokes 6-9PM
  • Wednesday, Feb. 25 – Vinyl Night w/ Guest DJ Mexican Blackbird (classic country) 7-10PM
  • Thursday, Feb. 26 – Vinyl Ranch 5-8PM | Pecos Hank 8-11PM
  • Friday, Feb. 27 – GO TEXAN DAY – Lucas Eason and The Panhandlers 5-8PM | Beta Theater Stand-Up Comedy 9PM

WHCC Choir & Rodeo Clowns will be making surprise appearances throughout the week.

Phoenicia In-Store Specials – All February

Apricot Fried Pie
Texas Pecan Pound Cake
Wafer Banana Pudding

Houston’s Holiday Headquarters


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Got a Phoodie on your gift list this year? Put down the ugly Christmas sweater. That’s exactly what they don’t want! Indulge the lover of food with a YUMMY! Gift Card or choose from our plethora of gourmet gifts.

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YUMMY! Gift Card
The perfect stocking stuffer, hostess gift or peace-offering for a meal-gone-wrong, the YUMMY! Gift Card is sure to put a big smile on any Phoodie’s face. Pick one up in any amount!

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Gourmet Gift Baskets
Designed with that special person in mind, our gift baskets are fun, festive and filled with favorites to fit any theme you select. For the hospitable hostess, favorite teacher or as a simple thank you, a gift basket of freshly-baked cookie creations or gourmet chocolates is sure to spread holiday cheer.

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Unique Housewares
Our impressive selection of quality cookware will inspire the creative juices of your favorite cook. One-of-a-kind ceramics from Bulgaria, Spain, Poland and beyond are perfect for anyone with a flair for innovative design and timeless functionality.

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Whether you need to find a fun sparkling for a holiday party, a perfect match of red or white for dinner, or a liqueur or dessert wine to cap the night off, you can find it at Phoenicia. For those who prefer hops to grapes, our coolers are filled with a healthy selection of brews that come from Texas to anywhere between Brazil, Spain, Russia and Japan.

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Za’atar Dusted Lamb & Sour Cherry Demi-Glace

Succulent lamb chops get a zesty punch with fragrant za’atar seasoning while pairing well with the sweet tartness of sour cherry demi-glace. Try it out here.

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Ginger Crème Brûlée

These rich and creamy gingery custards will make any food-lover sing. Break out the mini blowtorch for this one!

Top YUMMY! Picks

Dry Sour Cherries

Yes, there is such a thing as a sour cherry tree! Although the true origins are unknown, the sour cherry is thought to have originated in Western or Eastern Europe. The tangy fruit is best when cooked or baked. P.S. Don’t forget to try our Zergut brand sour cherry in light syrup–a perfect complement to both sweet and savory dishes.

Za’atar

Wonderfully aromatic, this Middle Eastern spice has its own house blend at Phoenicia. Look for Zohrab’s MidEast the next time you come in. It’s great for seasoning meats and vegetables, dipping with olive oil, and can be baked to produce a tasty herbed bread. Try it sprinkled on pita or toast drizzled with olive oil, too!

Phoenicia Lamb and Butcher Shop Meats

We pride ourselves on using the best meats in our butcher shop, and can guarantee they’re all-natural, hormone and antibiotic-free. Keep in mind that our butchers can prepare most any cut for you, so special orders are welcome!

Crystallized Ginger

Find crystallized ginger, saffron, vanilla and beyond when you wander into our extensive spice and baking goods sections. We promise sky-high value at down-to-earth prices!

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Citrus and Herb Roasted Turkey Breast
For a delicious twist on a traditional favorite, try this recipe for a moist, melt-in-your-mouth turkey that never fails to impress.

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Duchesse Pressed Cookies
If you’ve been searching for an easy and versatile cookie to add to your holiday baking this year, this is it!

Top YUMMY! Picks

Phoenicia Turkey
Phoenicia prides itself on stocking all-natural, hormone and antibiotic-free halal turkeys that don’t contain animal byproducts.

Specialty Herbs and Spices
Just consider Phoenicia spice world! Come and explore our holiday budget-friendly extensive herb and spice section for all of your cooking and baking needs

Five Roses Flour
For the best baking results, our chef recommends Five Roses Flour. Find it stocked in the baking section.

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Baked Show Goat Brie Stuffed with Fig Jam & Walnuts

Start your holiday celebrations by delighting guests with this wonderful French appetizer, full of warm buttery goodness paired with crunchy, rich sweetness.

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Pecan Praline Waffles with Peaches

Stuck on what to make the morning of? Let the heavenly scent of vanilla waffles waft through your kitchen and greet sleepy eyes with pure deliciousness. This sumptuous treat will keep bellies satisfied and smiles on faces all day long!

Top YUMMY! Picks

Cortas Fig Jam

This exotic, aromatic spread is made by Cortas, a top-quality manufacturer of Middle Eastern food products based in Lebanon using in a centuries-old tradition. Figs of the Mediterranean and Middle East are considered some of the most flavorful in the world and that shows in this staple Phoenicia product. It is wonderful on our toasted pita and goes magnificently well with brie.

Show Goat Triple Cream Brie

We’re proud to be the first to carry Houston-based Show Goat Creamery‘s debut product, Triple Cream Brie. Sourced from pastoral Fairwoods Farm and top of the line Mill-King cows cream, its downy white exterior and buttery soft interior belies its simplicity of character. Clean and tangy, decadent and creamy, this cheese is the first Triple Cream Brie made in Texas and holds the flavors of this great state within its bloomy rind.

Phoenicia Packed Pecans

Many Phoenicia Phoodies fall in love when they gaze upon on our nuts section and often think we are “nuts” based on the quality offered for the value received. The pecans we carry are no different. Tis’ the season for pecan pie, homemade spiced pecans or candied pecans for winter salad topping!

Piqui-Piqui Bronzini

Piqui-Piqui Bronzini

Try this versatile fish for a holiday break from tradition. Unique recipe ingredients such as Aleppo pepper and the Syrian or Middle Eastern pepper pastes found at Phoenicia develop this dish into big flavors. The presentation is impressive and the taste is likely to become a family fave!

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Preserved Lemon

Nutty and lemony, the recipe for this side will have you viewing Brussels sprouts in a whole new light.

Top YUMMY! Picks

Bronzini

Also known as Mediterranean sea bass, our bronzini is imported from Greece. Its mild, delicate flavor harmonizes well with a range of global cuisines featuring everything from spicy variations to more subtle flavors. Resembling the texture of red snapper, bronzini is a popular firm, white fish that holds up very well to a variety of cooking methods. Find it fresh at Phoenicia.

Chestnuts (Ponthier brand)

Convenient and high quality, these chestnuts taste like they came straight from the Italian countryside to be cooked by the loving hands of your Italian grandmother (aka Nonna).

Preserved Lemon

Common in Indian and North African cuisine, preserved lemon is a condiment containing whole lemons or sections that are pickled in a brine of water, lemon juice, and salt with  occasional spices included. The pulp of preserved lemon can be used in stews and sauces, but the peel (zest and pith together) is most valued. The flavor is mildly tart but intensely lemony, making dishes especially fragrant and lemon-scented. Phoenicia also carries a dry lemon omani that is used in other parts of the Middle East for the same culinary purpose of achieving a very fragrant dish.

Love Street Art Ball Halloween Bash


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Got your velvet suits and go-go boots ready for the Love Street Art Ball? Join us this Halloween as we become a party Factory filled with LOVE STREET art, ’60s mod fashion and groovy tunes. A fun event for all ages, starting at 6PM, you can experience over 70 cool works in the art crawl, see painter and illustrator Katsola‘s live art performance, sample YUMMY! treats from numerous in-store tasting stations (Bacon Wrapped Figs, anyone?), and let the kids partake in our urban trick-or-treat stations and “get inked” at our spooky tattoo and face-painting parlour. With a best-costume contest, awesome prizes from Phoenicia and the Houston Museum District Association (think gift cards, museum swag, a chance to win a membership and more!), groovy bites, Halloween drink specials and Karbach‘s Love Street Summer Seasonal on tap, you can bet it’s gonna be fab!

JUST ANNOUNCED!
At 9PM when it’s time to go mod at MKT BAR, Houston artist Pablo Gimenez Zapiola will illuminate the space with a live performance of projections of ’60s and Halloween-themed video, animation and photos to create a spooky, MOD mood. This is not to be missed.

Music by
DJ Angieliste 7-10PM
DNCSxWLVS 10PM-1AM

A portion of event proceeds benefit the Houston Museum District Association. Special thanks to GalleryHOMELAND Houston, Green Plate FoodsKarbach Brewing Co., THE MOD Museum of Drawing HoustonPaperCity and Yelp.

Need a cool costume? Find a great selection of ’60s originals and save 20% at Replay on 19th Street when you mention this event!

WHAT: Love Street Art Ball Halloween Bash

WHEN:
Friday, October 31, 2014
Urban Trick-or-Treating: 6-9PM
Art Ball: 9PM-2AM

COST:
FREE. RSVP required.

“Love Street, the Houston Scene, Market and First Ward Editions” Artist Exhibition


Posted in Downtown Market, Events, MKT BAR, News
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An ode to Houston’s creative community, “Love Street, the Houston Scene, Market and First Ward Editions,” is a one-of-a-kind, collaborative exhibit located in Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown and MKT BAR from September 6-November 2, 2014.

ABOUT THE ART EXHIBITION:

Named for Love Street Light Circus Feel Good Machine, the classic ’60s psychedelic bar on lower Westheimer where Houston’s creative community flourished at the time, the “Love Street” exhibit will feature more than 20 artists. Through contemporary art, multimedia, photography, installations, sculpture and mixed media, the exhibiting artists will share their profound love of and appreciation for Houston’s support of its local arts community.

Local artists including Patrick Renner, creator of the Funnel Tunnel on Montrose Boulevard, and David Graeve, creator of the balloon installation at Discovery Green, will fill both floors of  Phoenicia Specialty Foods and in MKT BAR. A series of artist receptions and events with many of the artists in attendance will take place throughout the course of the exhibition as well. All artwork will be available for purchase.

The exhibition coincides with the Texas Contemporary Art Fair at the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Houston Fine Art Fair at NRG Center. The collaborative exhibit will embody Bayou City soul by focusing on works by Houston-based artists and artists that once called Houston home. Exhibition curated by Michael Macedo Meazell.

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Featured Artists: David A. Brown, Suzan Budge, Michael De La Cerda, Craig Dunn Clark, Kristen Cliburn, Gallery Homeland, GONZO247, David Graeve, Kimberly Gremillion, Merideth Jack, Kelli Scott Kelley, Laura Lark, Felipe Lopez, Lester Marks, MOD Museum of Drawing, Michael Macedo Meazell, Nate Nash, Mark Ponder, Patrick Renner, Alfredo Scaroina, and Stephanie Villareal

Host Committee: Catherine Anspon, Kirk Baxter & Dave Waller, Adam Brackman, Norman Ewart, Whitney Garibay & Chance O’Dell, Lindsey George & Will Walsh, Terrence Hobdy, Henry Hunt & Donna Tennant, Dave Hess & Lori Laria de Hess, Lester & Penelope Marks, Michael Macedo Meazell, Michel Muylle, Nyala & Brian Nolan, James Phelan, Michelle Sacks, Irfan Shaikh & Amanda Beven Shaikh, Ann-Marie Tcholakian, Haig Tcholakian, Donnie Vendivel and Dr. Jennifer McQuade, Miri Wilkins & Marshal Welch, White Space, and Josh & Tina Zulu

Sponsors (as of 8/22/14): White Space Houston, Gallery Homeland, The MOD, Glazer’s, Pioneer Wine Company, New Pencil Design, Phoenicia Specialty Foods, Saint Arnold Brewing Company and MKT BAR

WHEN:

EXTENDED! On View: Saturday, September 6 – Sunday, November 2, 2014

Market Edition Opening Reception:Saturday, September 6th, 12-6PM at Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown, 1001 Austin Street, Houston 77010

First Ward Edition Opening Reception: Saturday, September 13th, 12-6PM at Michael Macedo Meazell Art, 1517 Shearn Street, Houston 77007

Love Street Beginning Again Reception: Saturday, September 20th, 12-6PM at Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown, 1001 Austin Street, Houston 77010

Phoenicia Speciality Foods Hours
Monday – Friday: 7AM – 9PM
Saturday – Sunday: 9AM – 8PM

MKT BAR Hours
Monday-Wednesday: 7AM-10PM
Thursday-Friday: 7AM-2AM
Saturday: 9AM-2AM
Sunday: 9AM-8PM

COST:
The exhibition and receptions are free events.

WHERE:
Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown and MKT BAR
1001 Austin Street (across the street from Discovery Green)
Houston, Texas 77010

Complimentary parking is available in the One Park Place garage on a first-come, first-served basis. Enter garage on McKinney.

YUMMY! Crew Spotlight: Lateefah Johnson


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It was a lucky day for Phoenicia when Lateefah came to a job fair, with her mom, just before the opening of the downtown store. Her sunny smile and bright eyes stood out as a beacon and she was hired to be a waitress by the MKT BAR manager. Her mom was also hired, but at orientation the first day, Lateefah felt more connected to the grocery store and asked if she could be reassigned there as a cashier. That was Lateefah’s first jump into the sea of success she has earned at Phoenicia.

Working at Phoenicia was a culture shock. Growing up in Jackson, Mississippi, Lateefah never thought she would be exposed to so many cultures, languages or foods from other countries. She’s a Southern belle at heart, who has lived all her life in the South. While living in Memphis, Tennessee, she saw Elvis’ house and decided it was time to go home. She moved to Houston to be closer to her family. Lateefah embraced Houston and its cultural diversity, and once she was here, she knew she found the place for her sons to grow up. Mentioning her two young sons, Lateefah’s face lights up. They are the light of her life and the driving force behind her success.

Lateefah keeps the store on steady course by making sure that all of our great products make it to the shelves and into our customer’s happy hands. She oversees the process from the delivery of the items to stocking of the shelves, monitors the cashiers as they sell and even maintains the stock. Lateefah’s work ethic is unrivaled and she is indispensible.

The most interesting thing she has learned while working here–and that she will always carry forward in her life–is how a family business works. She loves how the Tcholakian family cares about their employees and how they work hard to help everyone be successful. Here at Phoenicia, she feels everyone counts.

This fall, Lateefah will go to school for nursing. She is excited about her science classes, especially her favorite course of biology. We are excited to support her and know that with her careful determination and caring nature, she will make an amazing nurse.

When asked about her favorite foods at Phoenicia, Lateefah flashes a gigantic smile and without a moment’s hesitation says, “Chicken Shawarma and Haig’s Nut Mix!”

Mother’s Day Top Ten List


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Top 10 Ways to Make Mother’s Day YUMMY!
at Phoenicia Specialty Foods and MKT BAR

It’s all about the experience and enjoying time with Mom.

Number 10: A Chip Off the Old Feta Block
Educate your palate by tasting 10 different types of feta: Greek Sheep’s Milk, Greek Goat’s Milk, Domiati Danish, Hungarian Double Cream, Bulgarian, Romanian, French, Turkish Sheep’s Milk, Egyptian, Egyptian Creamy, Cyprus Sheep & Goat’s Milk, and Domestic.

Number 9: Spice Rack Tutorial
Fill both your spice racks and let her teach you family recipes again for the first time! Try our spectacular and versatile Phoenicia mixes like Ras el Hanout, Zohrab’s Mideast Zaatar, Zohrab’s Greek, and Arpi’s Beef & Chicken Shawarma.

Number 8: Olive Branch Out
Create your very own international olive oil tasting with our baked-fresh-daily baguettes!  Discover the unique characteristics of our oils from Europe, the Mediterranean and South America.

Number 7: What’s the Scoop?
Enjoy a sweet conversation and a cup of Phoenicia gelato together. Perhaps, even pair with our signature Turkish Coffee, Apple Baklava or Pistachio Orange Blossom-flavored gelato as you reminisce about chasing the ice cream truck in the neighborhood and playing in the sprinklers.

Number 6: The Great Chocolate Scavenger Hunt
First one to find chocolates from five different countries gets to try them first! Our selection is vast, so the competition will be over really fast!

Number 5: Sharing a Slice
Mothers bring comfort to our lives, and what says comfort more than sharing a pizza? Try our own ready-to-go doughs. Our flat bread Tannour or puffy Barbari bread go perfectly with any topping or cheese. For something with Phoenicia flair, pick up some Armenian String Cheese, oil-cured Moroccan olives and walnuts to top your own custom pie. Just pop them in the oven, get the right crisp, let the good stuff melt, and voilà!

Number 4: Jam On
For breakfast or snack time with Mom, try new jellies, jams, spreads and preserves from around the globe on a fresh loaf of pita. Or, try our Morello sour cherry on vanilla ice cream.  It’s okay to share with your siblings (if you want to).

Number 3: Tea Time
Nothing says quality time like “Tea Time.” From Ceylon and Rooibos to Apple and Yerba Mate, warm and toasty is what you will feel with Mama.

Number 2: Go-Go Gadgets
Explore our housewares section with items such as olive pitters, nut crackers, Bulgarian and Polish ceramics, and fine French cookware that will impress Mom.

Number 1: Weekend Brunch at MKT BAR
With classic favorites like Hill Country Fried Chicken & Waffles, Black Pepper Waffle with braised lamb and Pecorino Romano, Egg Piperade or Aleppo Roasted Potatoes, Mom’s taste buds will be tempted. Add her favorite cocktail or a refreshing mimosa while enjoying live music by Cesar Tello on Sunday, May 11th, and she’ll be convinced you hung the moon. See the menu.

And if you just can’t decide on the perfect goodie to give her, a Phoenicia gift card is always sure to please!

Give 5% to Conserve Houston


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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Celebrate Earth Day! Join us in showing love for our city’s green spaces by helping us donate to Houston’s Give 5% campaign. Shop at either of our market locations or dine with us at MKT BAR or Arpi’s Phoenicia Deli on Saturday, April 26th to contribute to the cause. We’ll be donating 5% of our gross revenue that day to our favorite Houston-area conservancies who are collaborating to make the Houston area a better place.

Air Alliance Houston
Bayou Land Conservancy
Bayou Preservation Association
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Galveston Bay Foundation
Houston Audubon
Katy Prairie Conservancy

We look forward to seeing you and sharing our love by Giving 5!

YUM o’ the Irish


Posted in Downtown Market, Events, MKT BAR
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Join us as we pay homage to Irish culture with an offering of St. Patty’s-themed food and beer specials!

Available Tuesday – Monday, March 11-17

MKT BAR Specials
Available 2PM-kitchen close

House-cured Salmon and Toast $8
with red onion and caper relish, served with mixed baby green salad

Shepherd’s Stew $11
Phoenicia’s own Guinness beef stew served in a cast iron pan, topped with whipped potatoes, browned in the oven and served with Irish soda bread

Dessert

Chestnut Cake $6
served warm with Bailey’s flavored gelato

Bailey’s Cheesecake Gelato

Whiskey Carmelo Gelato

Beer Specials
Flights of Hearty Ales $8
60-oz Craft Beer Pitchers $16

Phoenicia In-Store Specials

Soup Bar
Irish beef stew

Featured Cheeses
Kerrygold Cashel Blue
Tuxford and Tebbutt Mature Irish Cheddar
Cahill’s Farm Cheddar with Porter

Bakery
Irish crème brulée
Shamrock shortbread cookies
Green pistachio cake balls
Shamrock pita puffs

Highlighted Beers
Moylan’s Irish Style Ales
Leprechaun Ciders

YUMMY! Crew Spotlight: Richard Willis


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With a warm, kind nature that makes everyone feel welcome, Richard works as a Customer Service Specialist in our hot grille downtown. He enjoys a simple life that began in Cincinnati, and after a few detours, brought him to Texas.

One of those detours was a move to Flint, Michigan, in 1977. After attending a friend’s wedding, Richard decided he liked the area and was going to stay. With only the clothes in his suitcase and $10.00 in his pocket, he never looked back as he began to carve out a life in a new city.

Richard quickly landed a job with General Motors, and in short order, met the woman of his dreams. He was introduced to his future wife, Terry, through a former girlfriend. They were married in 1979 and started their family. While his family was thriving–blessed with one son and two daughters–things were winding down at General Motors. Richard and his family moved to Atlanta, where they lived for several years until Terry became homesick for her family, who was beginning to settle in Texas. They made the big move to Texas and Richard decided to explore his passion for cooking.

Newly arrived in Houston, Richard worked for Pappadeaux and after a two-week training period, was placed in one of their busier restaurants. He decided Pappadeaux wasn’t for him and longed for a better place to work. He had driven by Phoenicia several times and had left an application, but had yet to hear back from anyone. He was becoming anxious. Once while driving by Phoenicia, he pointed out to his wife, “I interviewed there and they never called me!” Then, as Richard fondly recalls, divine intervention stepped in and changed his life. No sooner were those words out of his mouth than his cell phone rang. Phoenicia called to ask if he would like a job!

With that foretelling phone call, Richard knew Phoenicia was where he needed to be and started working right away. He recalls how different the environment was from any job he’d ever had, and embraced his diverse surroundings. He learned to appreciate different cultures and is thankful for the friends he made from all different walks of life. Now an eager ambassador, Richard helps people step out of their comfort zone to try food with which they may not be familiar. His boundless energy and exuberant personality make him a shining star at Phoenicia!

Richard loves the Tcholakian family and counts them among his blessings. Very proud and honored to work for them, he glows when he talks about his encounters with each family member.

Hands down, Richard’s favorite dishes are Arpi’s salad with chicken shawarma and BREAKFAST. He especially likes our grits and eggs and encourages everyone to come visit him early for breakfast downtown.

The only flaw Richard seems to have is a love for the Cincinnati Bengals. Maybe a Texans’ winning season will sway him?