Cafe Annie, the restaurant that put chef Robert Del Grande—and in the eyes of big national tastemakers, Houston food—on the map, is about to undergo a major overhaul, per an announcement Monday. Benjamin Berg, owner of B&B Butchers & Restaurant, along with numerous other concepts in the city, will be joining Del Grande to reimagine the restaurant.
According to the announcement, Cafe Annie will close Thursday and reopen in the fall as The Annie Café & Bar. Berg will change the interiors, extend the bar area, and redo lighting and furnishings. He's also changing the menu, which according to the announcement, "will build upon the outstanding national reputation of Chef Del Grande and the creative culinary prowess of Berg."
Del Grande said he's excited to partner with Berg on this reinvention.
“Ben has an abundance of management expertise, an eye for design and a large focus on customer service,” said Del Grande.
This isn't the first time Cafe Annie has undergone changes. Back in 2009 it closed to make way for BLVD Place, only to be rebranded as RDG + Bar Annie on Post Oak. Cafe Annie came back in 2016.
Berg Hospitality Group runs B&B Butchers and New York City throwback B.B. Lemon. Berg also recently opened the doors of B.B. Italia and its sister concept B.B. Pizza inside the former Carmelo's, which he completely renovated.