WHAT: Poitin Grand Opening Party
WHERE: Poitin at Sawyer Yards (2313 Edwards St.)
On Tuesday, August 21, 250-plus guests were invited to “come as they are” and officially welcome Poitin to the Houston restaurant community. The Sawyer Yards outpost – which opened its doors to the public on May 14 – put on a Grand Opening Party for the ages – complete with a grandiose drag show by Blackberri and friends, turn table prowess from DJ Ramalama (Matt Johns), undercover comedians from The Secret Group, and Art Cars on display courtesy of the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, which was the non-profit beneficiary of the evening’s festivities.
During the course of the lively evening, guests mingled and reveled in the electric atmosphere. Executive Chef Dominick Lee concocted a diverse menu of passed appetizers that included Poitin’s delectable hummus, short rib, octopus, pork belly, and pork skins. The centerpiece of the night’s entertainment proved to be the multiple drag show performances. DJ Ramalama provided rambunctious music cues and Blackberri’s band of queens took it from there. Blackberri herself opened the drag portion with a scintillating medley that included an interactive rendition of “C’Mon ‘N Ride It (The Train).” Drag Queen Ondi performed the second set in a stunning white outfit, and Drag Queen Reign followed with a high energy set of her own in red leather. The trio came together for one final group performance to close out the entertainment portion of the evening in proper fashion.
In the front parking lot at Sawyer Yards, four colorful Art Cars – Rickey Polidore’s Hermesillac; Randy Blair’s A Little Bit of Nonsense; Julie Bower’s Toys on the Hood; and Elizabeth Burnham’ Penelope, the one-eyed-one-horned-flying-purplepeople- eater – were stationed and made available to Grand Opening Party guests for photo opportunities, general viewing, and overall wonderment.