Friends of mine know that Houston's is probably my favorite restaurant on the planet. I got made fun of in college because my favorite restaurant was a chain ... but ... Yes - that's how it's done when you grow up in South Florida...
Anyway - "The Malester" (my friend) shares my passion for Houston's - and sent me an Eater.com article this morning about Houston's changing it's name to Hillstone in New York City.
What the article fails to mention is the real reason for the name change - which I will share with you all... The REAL reason for the change is the NYC calorie law, where "Restaurants that have 15 outlets nationwide are now required by New York City to list calorie counts on their menus."
SO ... if there are only 2 Hillstones ... the restaurant doesn't have to share it's calorie count on the menu. The secret of really how bad (but how good) the food at Houston's in will remain a secret FOREVER...
like's like some genius Stringer Bell shit right there.
small world dude...it's andy freedman from umich (coleman's friend). came across your blog on a search. my wife and i have a little food & wine blog and i was looking at other people who have written about the houston's calorie posting deal. hope all is well bud. here's what we posted: http://www.winedanddined.com/2008/12/houstons-hillstone-restaurant/
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