Singer Bob Luna, performing here with The Richard Brown Orchestra quartet at Neiman Marcus, is on schedule for the first Supper Club evening at The Annie. (Photo by Johnny Than)
Monica & Ben Berg
Musician and musical entertainment maestro Richard Brown is responsible for Supper Club entertainment. (Courtesy photo)
The three amigos of The Annie Café & Bar — Sam Governale, Chef Robert Del Grande, Ben Berg — celebrating at the opening. (Photo by Jacob Power)
The Annie Café & Bar, seen here, will soon welcome Supper Club, a new dining adventure at street level beneath the restaurant. (Photo by Jenn Duncan)
The Annie Café & Bar executive chef Robert del Grande teams with hospitality impresario Ben Berg for menus at the Supper Club.
Love, love, love Ben Berg’s new hospitality adventure — Supper Club at The Annie, to be played out on select Sunday nights combining dining, dancing and musical entertainment. Think The Carlyle, The Shamrock and Paris’ Club Saint-Germain.
“My goal is to always create new and unique dining experiences for our guests, so I am really excited to offer this supper club series,” Berg said on Thursday. “I think Houstonians of all ages will appreciate this modernized and elevated version of the classic dinner and a show.”
While configuration of what promises to be a swinging scene within The Annie isn’t complete, the initial programming is. The series launches Sunday, February 16, with a “Love Songs” theme, in a nod to that date’s proximity to Valentine’s Day.
Houston’s leading orchestra/music impresario Richard Brown is organizing the entertainment that on this night will feature Kelly Peters and Bob Luna with special guests Shawn Sounds from The Voice and Christina Wells from America’s Got Talent, performing with the Richard Brown Band.
“ I’m so excited to be working with Ben Berg to create this exciting new opportunity for Houston,” Brown tells PaperCity. “It will be a throwback to the days of The Shamrock, The Copacabana and The Latin Casino. A fun entertaining show and a great meal! I am so grateful that Ben had the foresight to take the idea I presented to him and run with it.”
The entertainment schedule is completed with “Disco Inferno” on Sunday, May 31, and “Broadway Show Tunes” on April 19. After a summer hiatus, the supper club evenings continue with “Motown Review” on Sunday, September 13; “Día de los Muertos Y La Música Latina” on Sunday, November 1; and Big Band Christmas on Sunday, December 6.
The evenings, with seatings at 5 and 8 pm, are priced at $150 per person on February 16 and include a prix fixe multi-course menu by the famed Robert del Grande, The Annie executive chef.
Fans are anxiously awaiting the opening of Turner, the Ralph Lauren Polo Bar-inspired bar downstairs. That gem is expected to open in a month or so.