There was bound to be some confusion from the very beginning. Two bistros opened around the same time in the same neighborhood—Montrose—with menus of intriguing modern American dishes and incredibly similar names separated by only two letters: Roost and Roots. One closed a few months ago. The other remains open, although diners remain confused about which is which.
"Five or six people a week tell me, 'Hey, sorry to hear your place closed,'" says Roost owner Kevin Naderi. The only problem? Roots Bistro is the restaurant that closed back in June—not Roost. "There was always that confusion to begin with," says Naderi, who's also the chef at the cozy restaurant on Fairview.
Before Roots closed, patrons would continually walk into Roost and ask for their reservation. Naderi, whose restaurant doesn't take reservations, knew that they'd confused it with Roots Bistro on Westheimer. "It was awkward," he says, sending people away and to a competing restaurant.
Even after Roots Bistro closed earlier this year, even after it was announced that Radical Eats would be moving into its space, and even after German Mosquera—the former chef at Roots—received a two-star review from the Houston Chronicle for his new position as the executive chef at Cinq, confusion over the two restaurants still lingers. Thankfully, that confusion hasn't stopped people from dining at Roost.
"What's great is that we're still busy," says Naderi, whose regulars keep the place crowded. "We haven't slowed down at all."