The Lounge at MARCH Restaurant will open Thursday.

Houstonians will finally get a glimpse of one of the city's most anticipated new restaurants when March (stylized as MARCH) opens as a prefatory tasting experience starting Thursday at 1624 Westheimer Rd in Montrose.

Officially called The Lounge at MARCH Restaurant, this experience aims to introduce guests to the newest concept from Goodnight Hospitality (Rosie Cannonball), which looks at the tension and intersection of cultures throughout the Mediterranean. To start, the MARCH team, led by chef Felipe Riccio, will be focusing primarily on food of the Levant region in the Eastern Mediterranean.

"The food of the Mediterranean, specifically The Levant, is the food of the people," said Riccio in a press release. "This food and these flavors are approachable and recognizable. Yet the format and intimacy of MARCH allows us to take the time to show you a different part of ourselves and our cooking. Dining is a joyous affair, and we’re letting our inner nerds have some fun."

Your way in is through a reservation on Resy. You'll pay $48 up front, which will get you a half-glass of champagne, a beverage from The Lounge's cocktail menu, and sweet and savory bites like harissa mille-feuille and carrot basbousa. 

For an additional cost, you can select one of three tasting experiences of four items each: Harvest ($40), Pasture ($60), or Tide ($65). As you can imagine, Harvest will throw the spotlight on vegetables (turnip green bulema, lahmajun flatbread), Pasture focuses on meat (lamb tartare, veal sweetbreads), and Tide is about seafood (live scallops, grilled octopus). Caviar service ($95–155) is also available.

MARCH, with a beverage team led by general manager and sommelier Mark Sayre (not to mention with the influence of Goodnight Hospitality partner and master sommelier June Rodil), has an 11,000-bottle wine cellar with special focus on single producers. Cocktails from bar manager Alex Negranza will offer tweaks and takes on established drinks.

The Lounge is a 700-square-foot space designed by Curtis & Windham Architects and New York City's Studio Robert McKinley. It includes art by German artist Christoph Ruckhäberle, a Murano glass chandelier, and a 1960s champagne cart. Only 16 people can be in the Lounge at one time.  

The Lounge at MARCH will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday–Saturday through January 9, but it will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. During those holiday weekends, the Lounge will be open on Sundays.

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