Alex Gaudelet, founder and CEO of Invest Hospitality has formed an unlikely but thrilling partnership for his restaurant, Table on Post Oak with the world's leading luxury publishing house, Assouline. Gaudelet had a unique vision to redesign Table's existing downstairs bar and entryway of the first floor restaurant reception, and simply maximize the experience for restaurant patrons. The previous tenants, Philippe Restaurant + Lounge, reserved the space for a waiting room-style bar with light bites. But the staircase leading up to the main restaurant space, while well-designed, is rather claustrophobic to the small waiting area.
Inspired by the actual bookshelves in founder Prosper Assouline's office on a chance meeting, Gaudelet remarked that Table could be the prefect place for viewing books, most of which are large format coffee-table style which feature the luxury brands and icons in design, travel, food & wine, fashion and art.
They not only add value from a visual perspective while walking up towards Table's dining room, but the space doubles as a gift shop - perfect for Galleria and River Oaks District shoppers looking to dine right and still grab a stylish gift to go. The collaboration will also offer interior design services for those who want a customized build out including bookshelves in their home or offices.
Assouline approved the partnership and Table Restaurant is now the exclusive retailer for the Houston Galleria area, truly a feast for all one's sensibilities.