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Main Kitchen & 806 Lounge
Photo courtesy Main Kitchen & 806 Lounge The fancy new Marriott will house Main Kitchen & 806 Lounge.
The luxury JW Marriott hotel isn't quite finished yet, but when it is, the hotel restaurant will be one of the main draws. Erin Smith, formerly the culinary director for the Clumsy Butcher group, will be the executive chef at Main Kitchen & 806 Lounge, and Plinio Saldalio is returning home from Austin to serve as pastry chef. In a statement to CultureMap, Smith said, "Together, we hope to develop an exceptional culinary program for Main Kitchen and 806 Bar & Lounge that will become a staple of Houston's thriving restaurant scene." The swanky new hotel and accompanying eateries will open late this summer.
Museum Park Cafe and Bosta
For the last several years, chef Justin Basye has been working primarily behind the scenes for the Pappas restaurant group, but now he's ready to get back in the spotlight as he will serve as executive chef at the new Museum Park Cafe and adjacent coffee and wine bar, Bosta. Chris Leung, the culinary director for Balcor Hospitality and chef at Cloud 10 Creamery will be doing desserts, and David Buehrer and Ecky Prabanto of Greenway Coffee will create Bosta's coffee program. The restaurant's website promises "a distinctive but approachable menu of savory American cuisine," that will cater to people from all walks of life. Expect families with kids, area businesspeople and museum district tourists alike to converge on the "laid back but contemporary" new cafe.