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Easter Brunch at MKT BAR

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MKT Brunch makes every bunny feel like a V.I.Peep, every weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 10AM-3PM. Enjoy live music every Sunday during brunch from noon-3PM.

On Sunday, April 20, we’re pleased to present the talented Jazz duo of Ernesto Vega, playing the saxophone and clarinet, and David Ramirez on the piano.

On our culinary line-up, choose from classic favorites such as Hill Country Fried Chicken & Waffles, Black Pepper Waffle with Braised Lamb and Pecorino Romano, Egg Piperade or Aleppo Roasted Potatoes. Also, savor these Easter specials on Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20:

Fried Catfish
with jalapeño grits

Pecan Praline Waffles
with fresh peaches and whipped cream

Seafood Frittata
shrimp, crab, tomatoes and artichoke hearts with fresh herbs

Make any dish eggsceptionally YUMMY! by pairing it with a signature coffee or gelato, hoppy craft beers, mimosas, white sangria or other refreshing cocktail of your choice, such as our:

Basil Rita
fresh basil steeped in simple syrup & lime juice, finished with sparkling wine, seltzer & chopped basil, with a salted rim

Raspberry MKT Mojito
raspberry simple syrup & mint, shaken with apple juice & our house rosé

Sangria Blanca
seasonal berries, fruit & citrus marinated overnight w/ our sommelier’s white wine blend
carafe offered

Pomegranate Mimosa
light & effervescent pomegranate juice with Prosecco sparkling wine
carafe offered

Give 5% to Conserve Houston

Posted in Arpi's Deli, Downtown Market, Events, MKT BAR, Westheimer Market

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!

Astros Game-Day Specials

Posted in Events, MKT BAR
MKT BAR Triple Play

This special is practically a steal! Show your game-day ticket stub or wear your Astros jersey on home game days to take advantage of our MKT Triple Play:

* $3 off sliders
* $3 off MKT 
* $3 domestic beers

Swing by for a short stop or stay for extra innings!

“SlideShow” Artwork by University of Houston Student & Alumni Photographers

Posted in Events, MKT BAR

Be among the first to experience “SlideShow,” a group exhibition featuring the works of University of Houston student and alumni photographers, Jeff Bradley, Andre Brooks, Alyssa Brown, Brenda Cruz, Richard Custer, Brenda Franco, Donna Fernandez, Os Galindo, Laura Grievencamp, Tina Hernandez, Adrienne Meyers, Kahiah Polidore, Alexis Scott, Alyssa Stephens, Alonso Tapia and Kate Washmon.


Each artist, through a variety of mediums (digital, film, transfers, digital collage, and mixed media), provides a visual commentary on cultural portrait studies, landscapes, still-lifes, and surreal imagery.

Much of the work included uses the city of Houston as the backdrop for its imagery, and the artists, although diverse in approach, illustrate the type of work being made from artists who all started in a similar place, the University of Houston.

OPENING RECEPTION: Meet the artists on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6-9PM
EXHIBITION: Through May 3, 2014
COST: Free admission. Food, drinks and all artwork will be available for purchase.

Exhibition organized by Megan Badger.

MKT BAR Dynamo Game-Day Deals

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Cheer ’em on and score! Show your ticket stub or don orange attire anytime during home game days and get a kick out of these soccer specials:

* $2 off artisan pizza
* $16 craft beer pitchers (60 oz.)

Bring your football-fan friends and watch the game here!


YUM o’ the Irish

Posted in Downtown Market, Events, MKT BAR

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


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

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

Posted in Downtown Market, News

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?

MKT BAR Boot Scootin’ Steak Nights

Posted in Events, MKT BAR, News

Giddy up and GO TEXAN as we circle the wagons to bring you three 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 charro beans and fresh tossed coleslaw

Cowboy Cut T-Bone $18
with charro beans and fresh tossed coleslaw

Beer & Wine Specials
Texas beer flights
Select Texas wine offerings


Peanut Butter, Brownie & Jam Filo Satchels $7
served hot with bourbon cream anglaise

Musical Line-up
Tuesday, Feb. 25 – DJ Jason Wolter (Classic Country) 6-9PM
Thursday, Feb. 27 – Vinyl Ranch 5-8PM | WHCC Rodeo Choir 8-8:30PM | Johnny Falstaff 8-11PM
Friday, Feb. 28 – GO TEXAN DAY – Lucas Eason and The Panhandlers 5-8PM | Second Lovers 8-11PM

Phoenicia In-Store Specials – All February

Old School Blueberry Tart
Served fresh daily in our bakery case

Chef’s Bourbon Bread Pudding
Ready to go in our boot-scoot and carry-out section

Fun & Games Night

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It’s all fun and games every Monday at MKT BAR. Bring your friends and play ping pong, foosball, darts and our extensive collection of retro board games while enjoying craft beer and YUMMY! pizza specials.

Beer & Pizza Specials
$16 Craft Beer Pitchers (60-oz.)
$2 Off Artisan Pizzas

Board Games
Candy Land
Cards Against Humanity
Connect Four
Hungry Hungry Hippos
Mystery Date
Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots
Sweet Valley High
& More!


Check out our calendar for more MKT BAR happenings.
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“Source” by Rebecca J. Hopp | “From Behind the Bar” by Christa Monster

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Explore two series in one exhibit.

“Source” by Rebecca J. Hopp

Rebecca J. Hopp’s mixed media photography explores her experience with agriculture and the source of our food. She recalls farming through her camera, conversation, and physical assembly. The objects she creates transcend the individual photograph and allude to her source, her past, and the past of farmers with which she interacts.

“From Behind the Bar” by Christa Monster

In these playful, whimsical works, artist and bartender Christa Monster takes a step away from her monsters, and instead explores light-hearted colorful works, which have inspirations from behind the bar.

OPENING RECEPTION: Meet the artists on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 6-9PM
EXHIBITION: February 5 – March 8, 2014
COST: Free admission. Food, drinks and all artwork will be available for purchase.

Exhibition organized by Megan Badger.