Chocolatier Carmen Portillo has closed her Cocoa Belle retail shop in the River Market's Ottenheimer Hall to focus on a direct-order business. Her website is cbchocolat.com.
No word yet what will take her place, but Pasta Jack's, an Italian restaurant with locations in Benton and Bryan, will soon be opening in the southeast corner space formerly occupied by Hunka Pie. Look for the restaurant to serve pasta, pizza, salad and a wide selection of Italian dishes. River Market assistant manager Melanie Jenkins said she anticipated the booth opening sometime in March.