Pollo Al Carbon at Chivos. 

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Night Moves Hospitality is expanding its reach in Houston with the opening of its latest restaurant, Chivos.

The restaurant joins the hospitality group’s other unique concepts: Space Cowboy, Trash Panda Drinking Club, and Live Oak Grill.

"We deeply admire anyone who aspires to be the greatest in their profession," owner Greg Perez said in a statement, "So we strive to pursue the same greatness for our guests." Chivos, the Spanish word for “goat,” is a play on the acronym "G.O.A.T," or greatest of all time.

The restaurant is the fourth concept in the hospitality group, replacing Calle Onze, where Perez previously worked as beverage director. Perez partnered with Calle Onze’s former owner, Chris Manriquez, and former Belly of the Beast executive chef, Thomas Bille.

The restaurant serves both traditional Mexican, and a Texan's favorite, Tex-Mex; giving Houstonians a refreshing take on popular Mexican-American fare. Bille’s menu is full of creative dishes such as pozole dumplings, duck served with fig mole, and handmade flour tortillas with truffle butter and salmon roe. Patrons also have the option to enjoy craft cocktails that have a focus on Mexican spiritswith flavors from both foods and candies that those familiar with Latin ingredients may recognize.  

The management team at Chivos.

Image: Dylan McEwan

The authenticity expands beyond the image and menu for the restaurant一 the management team all have deep roots within the Mexican-American heritage. Perez has ties to Guadalajara Jalisco, Manriquez has roots from Guanajuato, and Chef Bille is a first-generation Mexican-American. Also included in the cultured leadership team is general manager Celi Perez, former executive chef from Calle Onze, who transitioned to front of the house, and bar manager Leesly Valdez, who previously worked under Perez at other establishments. 

"The team is excited, this style of food is something I wanted to do in Houston for a while," Perez tells Houstonia. "We are working our butts off. There are a lot of young talents working with us who are hungry and want to make a name for themselves, so I’m excited to see where this goes."

Chivos is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. or Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Reservations can be made through Resy. Chivos is located in The Heights, at 222 W 11th St. For more information, visit Chivos Instagram.

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