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Yep, cats out of the bag, I’m leaving @cafebouludny after 10 years, Friday will be my last service as the executive chef. Thank you to the incredible @danielboulud, you’re our link to the legacy of French cuisine, our inspiration to travel the world without ever leaving our kitchen and most of all an amazing mentor who dares us to be better than we could have imagined possible. I like to think we stand on the shoulders of giants and this is nothing short of the truth. As I move to this next chapter in my life, I reflect fondly on the times I have had in this kitchen. It truly has been an amazing experience and one that has changed me forever. Thank you to @gavinkaysen for believing in me the same way that I believe in @jerrodzif and how he will bring this restaurant into its next phase. My wife @vpbludorn and I will be moving to Houston, TX. I couldn’t be more excited for the new adventures we will have. As I like to tell cooks who move on, “Never forget where you’ve been, always know where you’re going” See y’all in Texas! 📸 @pierrotinnyc
Aaron Bludorn, who last summer ended his stint as executive chef at New York's Café Boulud and revealed plans to open a restaurant in Houston, now has a space.
Bludorn's restaurant will be set at 807 Taft St. in the Fourth Ward, the property that once housed The Pass & Provisions, a representative said Thursday. There, he's likely to offer an accessible take on French cuisine.
The chef, originally from the Pacific Northwest, has spent some time in Houston over the past several years; he's married to Victoria Pappas of the Pappas Restaurants family. In August, Bludorn took part in chef David Skinner's global-tasting event Around the World in 10,000 Bites, showcasing his skill with French techniques.
Meanwhile, a number of new projects are taking shape at the start of 2020. Look for Patterson Park, a bar with a 5,000-square-foot patio, to open this year at 2205 Patterson St. in the Heights. The project comes from Lonnie Schiller of Schiller Del-Grande Restaurant Group (Café Annie, The Grove) and Brendan Murphy and is looking for funding via crowdfunding site NextSeed.
Per CultureMap, taco-first food truck El Topo will open its brick-and-mortar location Friday with breakfast and lunch at 6119 Edloe St. in West U. The menu will include tacos, salads, and pastries, according to the report.
Also, look for Mutiny Wine Room to open Jan. 18 at 1124 Usener St. in the Heights, according to CultureMap. This wine bar and restaurant will attempt to recreate the feeling of a Napa Valley winery experience, per the report, offering wines from the owners' boutique Napa winery while serving California-inspired fare.
And in staffing news, Brasserie 19 has brought in Steven Chou as its new executive chef. Chou previously worked at two-Michelin-star New York restaurant The Modern and now-shuttered one-Michelin-star New York restaurant Public before coming to Houston.