Houston’s Hottest Restaurants – New Beachfront Italian Restaurant Opening, Le Jardinier Makes Waves for Lunch and More


AApparently it’s the season for restaurant openings to varying degrees and there are three notable new Houston restaurant events to report with something for diners from all walks of life.

Here are the latest Houston restaurant news you need to know:

Concura Italian Bites

Concura Italian Bites, the brainchild of Italian fashion and design consultant Jessica Biondi, opens tomorrow, August 17, in the cozy shopping center of 4340 Westheimer. The same development that houses Tenenbaum Jewelers and Bosscat.

Biondi and executive chef Angelo Cuppone, most recently of Roma in Rice Village, are from the small seaside town of Fano, Italy. So it’s no surprise that the menu features influences from their experience on the Adriatic coast. Thought pappa al pomodoro, vitello tonnato and carbonara di pesce. Without sticking to the old-school playbook, there are plenty of contemporary dishes out there, including varieties of tartares and cold cuts.

Like a modern neighborhood restaurant in Italy, Concura’s open kitchen plan and intimate scale speak of the owner’s decades-long dream. Biondi designed the space with a furniture collection curated with attention to every detail, from dark, lime-washed walls to iconic pieces by the Italian designer like the Sesann sofa by Tacchini.

“Think of Concura as a place where you come to get together with friends. The welcoming atmosphere will make you feel welcome and at home, ”Biondi said in a statement. “Eat, drink and smell Italiano – that’s our motto.”

The Gardener kisses lunch

Maybe, just maybe, we can say goodbye to that six-week wait for a reservation at the Gardener, as the much-loved fine-dining restaurant at the Art Gallery of Houston has revealed it will finally open for the lunch from Friday, September 3. The bar will open at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The lunch menu will include additions such as Carolina Gold rice risotto with roasted squash, mimolette and crispy kale and avocado toast with purple peas, cherry tomatoes and feta. Likewise, there will be a few refreshing variations on favorite dishes from the dinner menu, including the burrata salad, now with pomegranate seeds, arugula pesto, and persimmon, and Texas Gulf shrimp with mill grits. flour, Savoy cabbage and bisque.

Lunchtime diners will have the illusion of alfresco dining as floor-to-ceiling windows provide a visual pathway to the shaded Cullen Sculpture Garden, the moss green furniture and restaurant carpeting creating a pleasant transition from inside to outside. ‘outside.

La Table’s private dining room, the Paris Room (Photo courtesy of La Table)

The Table is heating up

After La Table closed in March 2020 due to COVID, the Houston restaurant reopened in November with only terrace and ground floor service. The second floor of La Table, which has been renovated, has now reopened, offering the same menu and service as the spaces at street level.

In addition, the chic private lounge known as the Paris Room is now available for booking. To bring a light note to the reopening, La Table has imagined many new cocktails intended to bring the “spirits” of summer to life.


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