Restaurant Buzz

Houston Dining News for February 2014

Laurann Claridge
February 01, 2014

The Menil Collection has finally announced a name for its soon-to-open cafe conjured by chef Greg Martin. Would you believe it: Four hundred and fifty contest entries were submitted, and they picked the fairly obvious name: Bistro Menil. It’s true! Look for Bistro Menil to be among the most anticipated openings this spring … We’ve learned Philippe Restaurant + Lounge by chef Philippe Schmit is out, and a new seasonal American concept called Table will debut in March. If you recall, Schmit left his eponymous eatery last fall, replaced by the restaurant’s sous chef Manuel Pucha, who will rise to be Table’s new chef. Look for the space to be remodeled, too … We’re keeping tabs on Rebecca Mason, the sweet pastry chef who has donated so much of her time and delicious, comforting desserts to raise funds for homeless animals in Houston. Last year, she launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to open her a bricks-and-mortar shop of her virtual concept Fluff Bake Bar. The good news: She made her goal. In the midst of finalizing a lease in midtown when we spoke, Fluff Bake Bar will be realized sometime this late spring/summer when architect Joe Milton rehabs the space … Searching for a tasty Mardi Gras classic? Étoile chef Philippe Verpiand’s galette des rois is an almond cream pastry that serves a crowd of 10 ($28) … Speaking of baked goods, the much-anticipated cafe and bakery Common Bond finally opens on Westheimer at Dunlavy late this month, barring any complications. Word is the Costa Group, which designed Eataly in NYC, has had a hand in creating the design.