Any time is a good time for wine and charcuterie.

Image: Julie Soefer

montrose's restaurant scene is hotter than ever. Fresh off the heels of the unveiling of Penny Quarter comes Montrose Cheese & Wine, a retail shop and café that began service this morning at 1618 Westheimer Drive.

Montrose Cheese & Wine is the first of three concepts to open in a building owned by Goodnight Hospitality, joining the company's honky tonk Goodnight Charlie's on the same block. Coming later this month will be Mediterranean-focused, casual neighborhood-style restaurant Rosie Cannonball, and further out will be fine dining spot March.

For now, though, we'll have to do with cheese and wine—and who's complaining? Goodnight partners David Keck, a master sommelier; Peter McCarthy; Felipe Riccio; and June Rodil, a master sommelier, have created a hub for cheese geeks and wine lovers alike, plus everyone in between. Look for a regular rotation of 12 to 15 cheeses, curated by cheesemonger and general manager Shannon McCracken, plus 125 wines selected by wine director Ryan Cooper, an advanced sommelier. The shop promises a fair amount of wines at $40 or less, and you can even pick up a six-pack designed by one of of the shop's somms.

"We noticed the lack of independent cheese shops near Montrose and the shortage of independent wine retailers as a whole,” said Keck in a statement. “We have a lot of passion in these two areas, so we decided this would be a complimentary concept to everything we are doing. We hope Montrose Cheese & Wine will give our neighborhood a local, independent and high-quality source for retail cheese, wine and pastry needs—whether as a daily grocery stop or for special events and parties."

Pastel de nata (Portuguese egg tarts) at Montrose Cheese & Wine.

Image: Julie Soefer

Complementing the wine and cheese will be pastries made by Shawn Gawle, Greenway Coffee offerings, and food-and-wine gifts curated by Biscuit Home. And if you just want to walk in and enjoy some wine and cheese (or pastries or charcuterie), there's a bar with 10 seats, plus a shaded courtyard area. 

Studio Robert McKinley designed the 800-square-foot Montrose Cheese & Wine, creating a space that blends an old-world European salumeria with a modern market and café experience. There's marble, plus custom metalwork enhancing an interior with plater walls and white oak shelving. Also look for a large spiral staircase leads down to the wine cellar.

Montrose Cheese & Wine's hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday.

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