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In less than a year since opening in Houston’s East End, a popular destination for Italian fare is rebranding — for the third time.
The brother-and-sister team of Angelo and Lucianna “Louie” Emiliani debuted Cafe Louie at 3401 Harrisburg in May 2022. Houstonians came for the crowd-pleasing menu, which included pastries, kolaches, sandwiches and house-made breads. Within months, the restaurant landed in the Top 25 when the Houston Chronicle brought back its Top 100 restaurants guide after a two-year pandemic pause. By December, however, the siblings rebranded as Louie’s Italian American to focus on a dinner-service-only restaurant serving handmade pastas and red sauce-favorites like chicken parm and frutti di mare.