Ten Most Anticipated Restaurants (We Hope) Coming to Houston in 2014
4. Common Bond
Photo courtesy Common Bond Common Bond will start selling sweets like this salted caramel and chocolate tart when it opens in 2014.
If you regularly drive down Westheimer between Montrose and Shepherd, you've likely seen the buildout happening in a spacious brick building on the corner of Westheimer and Dunlavy. We've been watching it for months, hoping for a sign of croissants or the smell of fresh bread, but so far, no luck. Pastry chef Roy Shvartzapel of elBulli, Cyrus and Bouchon fame will be joined by Drew Gimma, Tony Stein, Jillian Bartolome and Alec Bartee, a talented group of chefs. In a press release, Shvartzapel explained that he is the "common bond" among this diverse crew, and that good food bonds people from all walks of life together. As of now, the restaurant/bakery is expected to open in early 2014.
5. Dish Society
The website still says "opening December 2013," but with only one day left in 2013, we're gonna go ahead and say Dish Society is headed for a 2014 debut. The site describes Dish Society as "a casual farm-to-table restaurant featuring local ingredient-driven and chef-inspired options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch." Restaurateur Aaron Lyons and chef Johnny Romo originally planned to open in Austin, but found rent too high there. They've since settled on a spot in the Galleria.
6. Foreign Correspondents/Hunky Dory
Two restaurants, same lot. Treadsack, the restaurant group behind Down House and D&T Drive Inn is set to open two new but differing concepts in 2014. Foreign Correspondents will be an authentic northern Thai restaurant with a farm-to-table mentality helmed by PJ Stoops, who will serve as head chef. Richard Knight, formerly of Feast, will be stepping in as head chef at Hunky Dory, which will focus on simple gourmet food with a British edge. Neither restaurant has provided a timetable for opening, but expect to see both in the new year.
7. JINYA Ramen
After making waves in New York and Las Vegas, the California-based ramen chain, JINYA, is coming to Houston with two franchises opening in 2014. One will be on Louisiana Street in Midtown, and the other will be located way outside the Loop in Webster. JINYA is known for its tonkotsu ramen and izakaya concept, and it's garnered much praise from food writers in L.A. With the ramen scene exploding here in Houston, we have two words for JINYA: Bring it.