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PaperCity Houston March 2023

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BERG HOSPITALITY GROUP B enjamin Berg has been a busy man, working on four new Houston concepts opening this s p r i n g . A n n a b e l l e Brasserie (811 Buffalo Park Dr., estimated May,) will be the restaurant anchor in the upcoming Autry Park development overlooking Buffalo Bayou, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner … La Table (1800 Post Oak Blvd., estimated April), a joint venture with The Bastion Collection (Le Jardinier, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon), will bring a fresh take on fine French dining. They're transforming the 6 BLVD Place location into two separate restaurant concepts: a reimagined La Table offering fine French dining upstairs and Tavola serving Italian fare in a vibrant atmosphere on the ground floor … Canopy Social (1818 Washington Ave., estimated mid-April) is slated to open at Lovett Commercial's latest development. The third-floor British colonial-style rooftop bar and lounge — adjacent to Berg's B&B Butchers & Restaurant and above another upcoming concept, Benny Chows — will offer light bites and craft AUDEN T he first concept by husband- and-wife culinary team Kirthan and Kripa Shenoy (executive chef and exec pastry chef, respectively) will fill a 2,800-square-foot space and 800-square- foot patio in the upcoming Autry Park development (expected opening mid to late May) designed by Rodrigo Tovar of rT3. Their collective résumés boast years BALBOA SURF CLUB F r o m We s t e r n A d d i t i o n Restaurant Group (Il Bracco) comes Pacific-inspired seafood restaurant Balboa Surf Club. Neighboring Il Bracco in Post Oak Plaza, Balboa Surf Club's menu will focus on fresh seafood, including a sushi program with whole fish and prime meats butchered in-house daily. Michael Hsu Office of Architecture is conjuring the interior with a vintage coastal vibe inspired by both mid-century residential and Brazilian Brutalism design. Balboa Surf Club, 1753 Post Oak Blvd., working in NYC under acclaimed Michelin- starred chef Michael White (Altamarea Group), whose métier is Italian cuisine. "We are focused on sustainability, freshness, and seasonality, and how that pays homage to Houston from a global perspective," Kirthan says. The chef-curated menu will feature both vegetable-forward options and globally inspired dishes. Auden, 3737 Cogdell. cocktails with an unobstructed view of the Houston skyline. The 5,200-square- foot space, will have a retractable glass roof … Downstairs, Benny Chows (1818 Washington Ave., estimated April) will offer Chinese fare with a modern, innovative approach. Look for Asian- inspired design elements including a duck room where dozens of whole ducks will hang from black metal hooks. The fare will be reminiscent of the American- style Chinese food that Berg grew up eating in New York City, such as dim sum bites, with variations on the classic Peking duck, dumplings, fried rice, and noodle dishes. Both Canopy Social and Benny Chows are designed by architect Isaac Preminger, with Berg and vice- president Sam Governale bringing their imprimatur to the interiors as well. PASTORE U nderbelly Hospitality (Georgia James, Wild Oats, GJ Tavern) is opening the I t a l i a n - ro o t e d c o n c e p t P a s t o r e ( I t a l i a n f o r shepherd, a nod to former Underbelly founding chef Chris Shepherd). We're told chef Chris Davies is working on a menu of rotating handmade pastas for a late-spring opening. Inspired by a Tuscan color palette, the interiors by designer Lisa Roth of Montgomery Roth Architecture and Design are a whimsical ode to traditional family- s t y l e I t a l i a n - A m e r i c a n d i n i n g inspired by Italian gardens, a place of tranquility and a refuge from urban life. Pastore, 1203 Dunlavy St. N2Q STUDIO Chef Chris Davies Balboa Surf Club coming to Post Oak Plaza, Summer 2023 Auden in Autry Park opens in May. 82

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