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Benjamin Berg is adding to his stable with two new 11th Street restaurants.

By Timothy Malcolm February 24, 2021

Michael Sperandio and Neil Martin, partners at Ancorian, flank restaurateur Benjamin Berg at The Docks at Timbergrove.

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Houston restaurateur Benjamin Berg is back at it again. A year after opening Turner's, an ultra-fine-dining restaurant in the same building as his re-envisioned Annie Cafe and Bar, he announced Tuesday two new restaurants to open in the Heights.

Trattoria Sofia, a rustic Italian trattoria, is scheduled to open at 911 W 11th St in May. The 2,500-square-foot restaurant will be at the former location of Presidio, which closed after a fire destroyed it in October 2018. Berg Hospitality Group is completely remodeling the space with lighting and furnishings and a new outdoor patio and bar. 

Local development and investment firm Ancorian is working with Berg Hospitality Group on Trattoria Sofia. But that's not all: Ancorian also tapped Berg to open an anchor restaurant at its upcoming The Docks at Timbergrove project, a 50,000-square-foot mixed-use development at 2505 W 11th St.

"We chose Ben for both projects based on his outstanding local and national reputation in the hospitality industry," said Ancorian partner Neil Martin, in a press release. "We really trust his incredible eye for design and creative culinary expertise to transform both projects into beautiful, unique spaces and dining experiences that Houstonians will view as community staples for years to come."

Construction for the 8,000-square-foot restaurant (name to be announced) at The Docks at Timbergrove is planned to begin in March, and its opening is tentatively slated for January 2022. 

The two restaurants will add to a stable of concepts that includes B&B Butchers & Restaurant and B.B. Lemon on Washington Avenue, The Annie Cafe and Turner's in the Galleria area, a new cloud kitchen called Fair Food Co., and the Energy Corridor's B.B. Italia, which just announced an relocation.

"To have two outposts in one of Houston’s most dynamic and fastest growing neighborhoods is an incredible opportunity for us,” said Berg in a press release. "I have really fallen in love with the area, and I am excited to partner with Ancorian to create a new, lively dining and social scene for not only Timbergrove/Heights residents, but all Houstonians."

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