KFC has answered the question that no one has asked: "What if we substituted chicken for bread in a sandwich?"
The answer is KFC's Double Down, the latest innovation from the world's favorite purveyor of Fried Chicken. Undergoing test marketing in selected markets, the Double Down is two breaded and fried Original Recipe chicken fillets surrounding swiss cheese, pepper jack cheese, and pieces of bacon.
Ambience International Grill in the Woodlands appears to have closed. We're sorry to see them go.
Maggie Galehouse at the Houston Chronicle has posted her take on Battle Ownership, the Tycer vs. Gould controversy at Gravitas.
Chefs' rift grows into a chasm
The story elaborates on the promises made, the SBA loan, and the attempted buyout.
Galehouse confirms the issue that we feel is at the heart of the controversy:
But Tycer felt low-balled. He said Gould's investors were "looking for someone frantic who wanted to be pulled out from underneath a boulder."
He counteroffered, and Gould's investors pulled out.
But as recently as July, he said, Tycer told him he still saw him as a partner.
That changed on Aug. 7 when Gould got a call from Tycer's wife. Annika Tycer, a management consultant who helps her husband with the business side of food, had been involved in the buyout negotiations. She told Gould that he was no longer considered a partner.
Something smells funny. If Tycer didn't want to be bought out, why did he enter into negotiations?
Here's the timeline as we see it:
Tycer negotiates with Gould.
Gould can't raise enough money in this economic climate.
Tycer feels lowballed, but still considers Gould a partner.
Then Tycer's wife comes in and tell him that he's not considered a partner.
Gould feels betrayed, and quits.
Maybe that's just business as usual in a Tycer establishment. But we think it stinks. Ethical firms don't promise a key employee equity and then yank it away because they get mad.
We stand by our position to avoid Tycer and his establishments; we can't support a restaurant with these sorts of business practices.
An anonymous commenter to this blog provided a link to Tycer's version of the story. Mike Ricetti, a contributor to the Examiner.com web site, apparently received a call from Tycer, who wanted to set the record straight.
It's a complex tale. Read it here.
The story provides many details: SBA loans, Gould's status as a non-citizen, Tycer's version of why Gould wants to leave, some negotiations with Gould, Tycer, and Tycer's McKinsey consultant wife, who is described as the "business head" of the couple.
The big question still remains: Why does Gould still not have his equity in Gravitas? Tycer's answer to that question was that he had "never been shown anything" that indicates Gould's citizenship status has changed.
The best burgers in Houston are found in quirky, out-of-the-way joints that do their thing in their own unique way. But Houston is huge, and when you're in the mood for a burger, you often can't drive across miles of traffic to that perfect out-of-the-way spot.
The solution: A burger from a chain. Here in Houston we're fortunate enough to have some very good burgers from stores with multiple locations. But how do you decide which chains are craveworthy and which are only for emergency use?
We're here to help, with our Houston Burger Chain Hierarchy.
The Big Kahunas - Comparable to the best burgers in town
Worth the Wait - We always enjoy these burgers
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Just Fine if It's On the Way - Nothing exceptional, but not disappointing either
Skeeter's Mesquite Grill
I'm In a Hurry - Just Feed Me - Go in with low expectations, or prepare for disappointment
Jack in the Box
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
Just Say No - If you like burgers, keep on driving
James Coney Island
Who have we forgotten? We'll update this list if we've left someone off.
UPDATE: An anonymous commenter posted a link to Tycer's version of the story.
Cleverley Stone broke a story on her radio show over the weekend that will probably infuriate a lot of Houston foodies.
McDonald's sells more burgers than any other company on the planet, and few outside of that organization would attribute this achievement to the quality of the food. It's a restaurant that foodies love to hate, representing everything bad about the prefab nature of fast food.
Rise and Dine, the breakfast and lunch chain that recently opened in the Woodlands, is reported to be changing its name to Sunny Street Cafe.There was no indication that this review of our mediocre experience was a contributing factor.