A few weeks ago we heard that Ronnie Killen would be opening his third restaurant in a year, Killen’s STQ. The restaurant will nestle into what was previously Randy Rucker’s Bramble, on S. Voss near Del Monte. We just got the official word from his camp, below, plus a quick description on what Briargrove and Tanglewood neighbors can expect.

  • STQ in the concept’s name is fittingly a mashup of steak and barbecue – his execution of both have earned the Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef loyal followings at Killen’s Steakhouse and Killen’s Barbecue respectively. In line with the meat-focused offerings at his current establishments, Killen’s STQ will prominently feature a selection of proteins using wood-based preparations – from wood grilling to classic barbecue – with nearly everything receiving a gentle kiss of smoke.

And, a quote from the soft-spoken chef:

“This is the type of food I really like to cook,” says Killen of his latest undertaking. “I’m excited about visiting the local farmers markets. The menu will be more farm-to-table than our other concepts.”

Deanna Killen, Ronnie Killen’s business partner at Killen’s Steakhouse, will direct the cocktail program as well as the 100+ wine selection at STQ. Killen’s STQ is expected to open Monday, November 28 at 4 pm. Address: 2231 S. Voss Road. More information here.

In the West University area, Divino owner and chef Patrick McCray and sommelier Thomas Moësse are partnering to open Vinology, which is described as a wine retail concept where customers can buy either a full or half glass of over 300 wines, in order to taste before purchasing.

From the most recent press release:

  • Vinology will stock 300+ labels, a survey of the world’s wine traditions – both Old and New World, and all which have been hand-selected by the team. The inventory will be available for browsing online at the e-commerce website, via an iPad loaded with Vinology’s personal tasting notes, or with one of the knowledgeable and experienced sales team.

Vinology’s grand opening will be Thursday, December 1. Address: 2314 Bissonnet. For more information, visit the Vinology website.