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More on Commonwealth and Black Orchid, Soon to Open on Washington Avenue

What to expect once Washington Corridor's forthcoming restaurants opens.

Commonwealth expects to be one of Washington Ave's go-to destinations.
Commonwealth expects to be one of Washington Ave's go-to destinations.
Jakiesha Wilmore

Commonwealth, one of Houston's most anticipated restaurants is set to open soon on Washington Avenue. The stretch of road through the Rice Military neighborhood saw more than its share of closures last year, but this year will be different. Chef Michael Sanguinetti, formerly of Artisans, along with co-owner Thomas Kolodziej are planning a takeover along the corridor beginning with their upscale and laid back concept Commonwealth (previously home to TQLA). Details were first uncovered last month regarding Sanguinetti's vision for the restaurant and now more is being revealed.

What can you expect? According to CultureMap, pocketbook friendly price points without the sacrifice of quality food and service. Price is subjective, because the average working person doesn't think prices like "$14 and $22 for lunch" and "dinners ranging from $30 to $50" are friendly, but CultureMap notes portions will be huge enough for two or more people to split, which is what the concept is all about. As for Black Orchid, the upscale lounge under construction down the street, Sanguinetti says this about the cocktail program and chef's tasting menu expected to start at $75, "I want it to be up there with Anvil and Julep. The food will be more refined. You’re not going to go in there to eat a full meal, unless you’re sitting down for a tasting menu that I’ll create daily."