Anyone who has launched a food and drink establishment in Houston is no stranger to constant, unexpected delays. And now neither is Roy Shvartzapel. The world-renowned pastry chef has been building out the space across from Brasil at Dunlavy and Westheimer for his upcoming bakery Common Bond—which had originally expected to open in January—for several months now. A delay caused a new target date for April, and the latest projected opening date is sometime in mid-May.
Locals are eagerly awaiting this opening, which is among the most anticipated in the country, partly because chef Shvartzapel is bringing together a formidable crew of bakers and chefs for this cafe-meets-tavern bakery. He is the "common bond" between the chefs who will join him at the upcoming shop, including chef de cuisine David Morgan (John Besh's August Restaurant in New Orleans and formerly at Cyrus, along with Mélisse and Fun damental L.A., both in Los Angeles, CA), executive pastry sous chef Jillian Bartolome and head bread baker Drew Gimma (Bouchon and Per Se in New York City).
Of course, Shvartzapel is a venerable chef in his own right, having worked at elBulli, Cyrus and Bouchon. Basically, the treats here aren't going to be your ordinary cookies. Expect a variety of viennoiserie alongside a menu of gourmet savory offerings.
The assemblage of pedigreed chefs and upscale offerings shouldn't intimidate guests, however, since Shvartzapel says that they are all "united in our passion to bring an outstanding product on every level to patrons from all walks of life."
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