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PaperCity Exclusive — Romano’s Pizza Family to Open a New Upscale Italian Restaurant

PaperCity Exclusive — Romano’s Pizza Family to Open a New Upscale Italian Restaurant

The family behind beloved West Gray favorite Romano’s Pizza is opening a new cousin restaurant named Eatalia. Only the new spot is not about pizza. It’s an upscale Italian spot coming this spring, partly modeled after a groundbreaking New York fixture. When it comes to Romano’s, it’s all relatives. Cousins Vincenzo Quarto and Francesco Fragale have run the pizza shop at 1528 West Gray for 20 years now. The Calabria, Italynatives have promised “timeless, authentic Italian food” from the start, drawing from their 15-plus years of pizza-making in New York City. Fragale and Quarto are both longtime chefs. Romano’s will stay timeless, but it’s also time for something new, according to the owners. Francesco Quarto and Frankie Fragale, Vincenzo Quarto and Francesco Fragale’s sons, are set to open the new Italian restaurant in March. Eatalia will be located in the old La Vista space at 1936 Fountain View in the Briargrove […]

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PaperCity Exclusive — New French Music Lounge Takes Over the Old Zimm’s Space in Montrose

PaperCity Exclusive — New French Music Lounge Takes Over the Old Zimm’s Space in Montrose

Four bon vivants are bringing some vim to the old Zimm’s space on Montrose Boulevard. A quartet of French businessmen — Vincent Sinard, Franky Boissy, Jean-Pierre Gleize, and Jean-Michel Wurfel — want to transport the spirit of Saint-Tropez to 4321 Montrose this spring. They’re storming the scene with a new bar and lounge concept named Victor, armed with decades of restaurant experience. Between them, their backgrounds spread across the familiar South of France and the Western United States. Gleize has headed up nightclubs, bars, and restaurants in the coastal city of Toulouse. Sinard has put his money on real estate in Sin City. And Boissy’s been spinning records for more than 20 years, with a residency at Pink in San Francisco. Victor, a lounge built on a blend of classic and unique cocktails, light bites, and international DJs spinning live six days a week, will be the first of its […]

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A French-Themed Nightclub Will Move Into the Former Zimm’s Space

A French-Themed Nightclub Will Move Into the Former Zimm’s Space

A French-themed, music-focused bar and lounge called Victor will open this spring in the former Zimm’s space at 4321 Montrose. It sounds very chic, according to PaperCity’s interviews with the four businessmen from the south of France behind the project. Picture a DJ booth constructed out of Louis Vuitton luggage, Baroque-inspired furnishings, and a redone terrace. The original Zimm’s bar top is staying, however. “We’re going to preserve that look,” project manager Joshua Weisman of Construction Concepts told PaperCity. “We’ll marry this sexy, French, baroque look with the old world wood that’s already there,” Weisman says. This place is aiming to be the new going-out spot: DJs will spin six nights a week at Victor, which will serve classic and creative cocktails along with light bites and snacks as well. See the renderings for the space over at PaperCity.

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Doris vs Tilman: Which hot new steakhouse really sizzles?

Doris vs Tilman: Which hot new steakhouse really sizzles?

December has been a busy month for restaurant openings, as some of this year’s most eagerly anticipated concepts have made their debuts. Food obsessives are flocking to Nancy’s Hustle, see-and-be-seen types are evaluating Emmaline, and Francophiles are diving into duck confit at Maison Pucha Bistro. While they’re all worthy of patronage the two restaurants that seem to be generating the most buzz (in terms of recent conversations and inquiries from CultureMap readers) are the city’s newest steakhouses, Mastro’s and Doris Metropolitan. That’s not really surprising. For all of Houston’s diversity and sophistication as a dining destination, Houstonians still love a good steak. Just consider Cafe Annie’s recent changes that included serving more steak or Chris Shepherd’s announcement that he’s transforming Underbelly into a steakhouse as the latest evidence that, in Houston, the pinnacle of dining starts with a 10 to 16-ounce hunk of marbled, medium rare beef. Both restaurants come to Houston with big reputations from corporate siblings in other cities. Mastro’s is Landry’s […]

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Construction Concepts redesigns former bank into hip coffee spot

Construction Concepts redesigns former bank into hip coffee spot

Blendin Coffee Club recently debuted its new gourmet coffee shop in the redesigned historic Sugar Land Bank Building. Construction Concepts was responsible for converting the former motor-bank building into a new sleek, contemporary design with floor-to-ceiling windows and repurposed the drive-thru teller lanes into an inviting outdoor patio area with views of the grassy lawns. “The challenge with this project was to not only repurpose a former bank to house a restaurant, but to actually redesign the overall experience of the structure inside and out so that you couldn’t imagine that it was ever anything else,” said Josh Weisman of Construction Concepts. “And, I think we definitely did just that. When you walk through the doors, you cannot even imagine that it was a bank lobby. The design of the drive-thru motor bank set the stage for the outdoor space and became the ideal open air sitting area wrapped in […]

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Ambitious New Israeli Restaurant Takes Over the Coveted Triniti Space

Ambitious New Israeli Restaurant Takes Over the Coveted Triniti Space

Montrose’s new meat-centered restaurant, Doris Metropolitan, is shining a spotlight on steaks. Literally. A crystal chandelier casts a soft light on the cuts in a glass dry-aging meat cooler to the left of the bar in the new spot in the old Triniti restaurant space on Westheimer. It’s a fitting fixture, hanging over Japanese A5 Wagyu. All of the meat at Doris Metropolitan is wet-aged for 21 days. Then, it’s dry-aged in the glass case for either 21 days, or up to 31. There’s no difference in tenderness between those time frames, but there’s a considerable change in flavor. Doris owners Dori Rebi Chia, Itai Ben Eli, and Itamar Levy placed the lit glass case in prime real estate, just to the left of the massive 30-seat bar. The emphasis is undeniably on prime steaks. The list includes the traditional Wagyu they started working with in New Orleans, and Texas Akuashi beef, […]

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Coffee Mad Scientist Opens Up a New Shop in Sugar Land That Defies All Caffeine Expectations

Coffee Mad Scientist Opens Up a New Shop in Sugar Land That Defies All Caffeine Expectations

For conventional coffee brewers, roasting is an art. Like cooking, it’s based on experience and relies on finely tuned senses. For a new coffee brewer on the Sugar Land scene, it’s more science than style, more Pasteur than Picasso. Weihong Zhang, owner of brand-new BlendIn Coffee Club, is breaking tradition and going high-tech. The former biochemist and his wife, Xuan Zhou, opened their coffee club at 8410 US-90 in mid November. BlendIn Coffee Club is bringing gourmet cups of joe to the area southwest of Houston, “a community that is underserved when it comes to specialty coffee,” Zhang tells PaperCity. Though you could hardly guess it now, Zhang didn’t always crave caffeine. He picked up the coffee habit while pursuing his PhD, after moving to the United States in 2009. He went for mass-produced back in those days, fueling up on the standard Starbucks. That all changed one chance afternoon in […]

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Next Bosscat concept opening in January, new Midtown bar planned

Next Bosscat concept opening in January, new Midtown bar planned

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations announced it will open its new concept in January at the former Glass Wall Restaurant, at 933 Studewood St., according to a press release. Houstonians can get their first taste of BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures at a pop-up location on Dec. 9 at Lights in the Heights. The owners of Bosscat first announced their plans to open a new concept in August. Since then, Joshua Weisman of Houston-based Construction Concepts redesigned and remodeled the 3,000-square-foot Studewood space, per the release. The renovations include “exclusive custom design elements, from hand-stitched luggage shelving to bench seating wrapped in steel,” according to the release. Although the new concept won’t open until January, it’s available for private events beginning Dec. 14 with space for 100 guests, per the release. BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures will “offer nostalgic American fare representing the diverse backgrounds and eclectic styles of the owners, with influences ranging […]

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Restaurant Roundup: Next Bosscat concept opening in January, new Midtown bar planned

Restaurant Roundup: Next Bosscat concept opening in January, new Midtown bar planned

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations announced it will open its new concept in January at the former Glass Wall Restaurant, at 933 Studewood St., according to a press release. Houstonians can get their first taste of BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures at a pop-up location on Dec. 9 at Lights in the Heights. The owners of Bosscat first announced their plans to open a new concept in August. Since then, Joshua Weisman of Houston-based Construction Concepts redesigned and remodeled the 3,000-square-foot Studewood space, per the release. The renovations include “exclusive custom design elements, from hand-stitched luggage shelving to bench seating wrapped in steel,” according to the release. Although the new concept won’t open until January, it’s available for private events beginning Dec. 14 with space for 100 guests, per the release. BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures will “offer nostalgic American fare representing the diverse backgrounds and eclectic styles of the owners, with influences ranging […]

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The Search for Bright Spots at Enoteca Rossa

The Search for Bright Spots at Enoteca Rossa

Enoteca Rossa shows up in fits and starts, bits and pieces. Those pieces are scattered across the menu; a starter here, the filling of a pasta there. Connecting those dots, you can piece together a mostly good meal, but they still trace an incomplete picture. Between those dots, those scattered pieces, the menu is broadly populated with bland, under-seasoned and overcooked dishes that make the bright spots seem all the more perplexing. For starters, many of the brighter points show up among the small plates that top the menu. Dense shavings of beef, rich and slightly metallic, play well against bitter arugula in the bresaola starter. Spread a bit of slightly funky gorgonzola on a slip of toasted bread, add some beef and greens and a few slick, earthy porcini, and you’ve got an interesting DIY riff on bruschetta. The burrata plays similarly, the mild, creamy cheese popped up by the […]

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