Goodnight Hospitality – comprising master sommelier David Keck and his partners Chef Felipe Riccio and Peter McCarthy – are elevating the neighborhood’s food and beverage offerings in 2019 with three interesting new concepts that sound like winners: Montrose Cheese & Wine, Rosie Cannonball and March. Here’s what you’ll have to wait for:
Montrose Cheese and Wine will be a 760sf retail shop focused on small producers, with a rotating selection of 12-15 cheeses, 75 wines and a small selection of beer and cider. The team from neighboring Biscuit Home will partner on food and wine-related gifts, along with tools and accessories frequently used by Keck and Riccio.
“This will be the Montrose area’s first cheese shop,” said David. “Independent wine shoppes have faded from the streets of Houston in recent years, so we’re extremely excited to bring a highly curated selection of small production wines to the neighborhood.”
Next up: Rosie Cannonball. This carb-friendly restaurant will bring the spirit of casual European dining to the heart of Montrose. You can expect a menu centered around a wood-burning grill and oven, with a dedicated bread and pizza program and carefully sourced products. Rosie Cannonball will have an expansive list of affordable and delicious wines—Beaujolais, Loire Valley and progressive New World producers— along with cocktail selections.
Finally, there’s March: an intimate, 28-seat restaurant, that will push the boundaries of fine dining in Houston. Riccio’s study on Mediterranean cuisine — an area where multiple territories, cultures, languages and ideas converge — is inspired by the tension and richness of the region. It’s thoughtful, purposeful and personal — from the standard of service to the extensive wine list that reflects the knowledge and passion of Master Sommelier Keck.
“I cooked in Europe for two years, which helped me understand that a restaurant can be more than a dining experience,” said Riccio. “It can be emotional, educational, inspiring. Fine dining is more relevant now than ever because it’s a perfect combination of thoughtful attention to detail, constant drive for excellence and hospitality —making a guest feel welcome.”
David began defining the goals and focus of the wine list in 2016 and has been collecting wine ever since. “It’s nearly impossible to build a proper wine list in Texas without collecting and building for an extended period of time (due in large part to Texas beverage laws), and we’ve had the luxury of building slowly. I’ve also been cultivating relationships with producers and importers over a number of years, so we’ll be able to open with a totally unique list of wines, many of which have never been in Houston before.”
Increasing walkability in Houston and, more specifically, in Montrose is a key reason for opening multiple concepts in the same area. “We love how eclectic and vibrant the neighborhood already is,” said Peter, “and we believe the surrounding restaurant and bar scene is representative of the Houston culinary scene at large. We can only aspire that our three concepts add to that. That vibrancy, coupled with the added efficiencies of our concepts and retail anchor Biscuit Home in close proximity, made for an easy decision.”
Montrose Cheese and Wine: 1618 Westheimer, Houston TX 77006
Rosie Cannonball: 1620 Westheimer, Houston TX 77006
March: 1624 Westheimer, Houston TX 77006
See you there in 2019! Should be worth the wait.