In and Out

The Opening & Closing of the Week: July 18-24

An Italian restaurant in Montrose makes its move, while a Swiss restaurant in Richmond seeks its salvation.

By Katharine Shilcutt July 24, 2015

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Construction on the new Vinoteca Poscol place is finally completed.

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Each Friday, Gastronaut rounds up the most notable opening and closing of the week.

This time last year, Marco Wiles was planning to have Vinoteca Poscol up and running in its new location on Lower Westheimer in the former site of Stone Soup, an AIDS service organization that was once a cornerstone of the Montrose community. “We started demo this week and hopefully in a couple of months we’ll be ready to move,” Wiles told us last May. “Right after the Fourth of July we’ll be pretty close.”

Wiles was only off in his estimations by a year, which—these days—actually isn't that rare in Houston, where construction quagmires and permitting issues are well known to restaurateurs who continually find their opening dates pushed back, and back, and back. Poscol has finally made the move a few blocks down from its original location at 1609 Westheimer, which Wiles left after his lease in the space expired, and is now open at 608 Westheimer. This places the new Vinoteca Poscol only a few yards away from Wiles's wildly successful pizza joint, Dolce Vita, should you wish to do a short Marco Wiles crawl (the long version would take you across Montrose to Da Marco, which should really be experienced on its own—and with the proper attire). Though the new space is much larger, the menu and hours remain the same: 5 to 10 p.m. on weeknights, 5 to 11 p.m. on weekends.

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Swiss-born chef Karl Camenzind is seeking a fourth home for Karl's.

In closings, we stumbled upon news that Karl's in Richmond shut its doors a few months ago, though little seems to have been written about it. Swiss-born chef Karl Camenzind was best known for his work at Quail Hollow Inn, which he opened in downtown Richmond in 1985 with wife Susie, a Richmond native. The couple later opened the more well-known Karl's at the Riverbend, where they served a blend of Southern, continental and Swiss fare. After 14 years, the Camenzinds closed Karl's at the Riverbend and opened a third restaurant in 2014, christened, simply, Karl's. This last incarnation didn't last long, however, and Karl's closed at the end of April.

Down but not out, the Camenzinds are currently accepting donations through GoFundMe to get another iteration of Karl's up and running. Karl and his wife Susie "have put all their savings, including their home equity, into their restaurant, and now need a helping hand to start a new phase of his career," the fundraising page reports. They're seeking a total of $150,000, though they've only raised $2,130 in the two months since the GoFundMe campaign began. For those hoping to sample Camenzind's fare in the meantime, a $500 donation will get you a home-cooked dinner by the chef for you and up to five other people. Best of all, you don't even have to go out; Camenzind will come to you, and, just for the evening, your home will be the new Karl's.


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