Molly Voorhees, left, and Carolyn Dorros.

A neighborhood restaurant from two childhood friends will open around June in Boulevard Oaks. Agnes, the result of a partnership between Molly Voorhees and Carolyn Dorros, will open at 2132 Bissonnet, the space of the former all-day cafe Tropicales.

The restaurant will be an all-day affair, offering counter service for breakfast and lunch, then switching to table service for dinner. The restaurant will showcase a menu of items inspired by countries along the Mediterranean coast, such as Spain, France, and Turkey. Agnes will also have a cocktail list plus beer and wine. Plus, guests will be able to buy groceries, gifts, and grab-and-go items.

Voorhees, president of Becks Prime Restaurants, and Dorros, executive vice president of real estate developer Wolff Companies, brought in Sean Garrison and Levi Lemaster of Garrison Design Office to update the 2,225-square-foot interior and 500-square-foot patio. 


What the exterior of NoPo Café will look like once it opens.

Meanwhile, Berg Hospitality Group announced Thursday intentions to open an all-day concept called NoPo Café at 1244 North Post Oak Rd, near the Loop 610/Highway 290 intersection. (Berg founder Benjamin Berg hopes the area catches on as NoPo.)

The cafe comes from a partnership between Berg (B&B Butchers & Restaurant) and Robert Clay of Clay Development & Construction. Clay said he wanted to partner with Berg after seeing the efforts he's made refreshing Annie Cafe & Bar.

“I’m excited to partner with him as we combine our strengths to create a fresh neighborhood dining experience for an underserved area that has seen real estate appreciation over the past year,” said Clay in a press release.

The 3,000-square-foot NoPo Café will include cafe seating up front, and both a 60-seat dining room and 10-seat full-service bar in the back. Berg is promising a French country look with white birch floors, high ceilings, and a pewter bar.

While the menu isn't yet known, NoPo will have counter-service breakfast and lunch and full-service dinner. Guests will also be able to pick up provisions and pre-made meals. To assist in opening the cafe, Berg has brought in Sean Mohammed (Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, Gramercy Tavern) to be vice president of concept development and Jose Hernandez (Hotel Alessandra, Radio Milano) to be culinary director.

The restaurant portion of NoPo Café is scheduled to open in May. Berg, meanwhile, is also in the process of building out two restaurants on West 11th Street in the Heights.

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