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Helen is Hiring – and What’s Up with that Logo?

Helen won’t be the blue-walled, Santorini-esque murals, white faux stone you’d expect.

Evan Turner, Helen Greek Food and Wine/Facebook
Evan Turner, Helen Greek Food and Wine/Facebook

If you’ve read Evan Turner’s Facebook posts in the last few days, he’s been actively looking for a team to staff his soon-to-open Helen — his longtime dream of a Greek taverna soon to be realized in Rice Village.

He’s also on a hunt for décor, promising Helen won’t be the blue-walled, Santorini-esque murals, white faux stone you’d expect. As if to prove it, take Helen’s new logo, unveiled a few weeks ago: a green face, nearly in profile.

"That image was originally the photo of a statue, a Greek woman in three-quarter profile," Turner says, explaining he was captivated by the image. "Matthew Tabor, who did a lot of design work with the Clumsy Butcher group, created what you see now." The shade of green, says Turner, reminds him of Greece. "And it also feels leathered and a little older, like bronze that’s oxidized over time."

Helen Greek Food and Wine

Helen Greek Food and Wine

And that classic feeling, with just a touch of contemporary twist, is what he wants for Helen. He’s said from the get-go the menu will be in English, but he’s dedicated to serving authentic Greek dishes.

He also wants to pay homage to the country that enchanted him as a boy  – and has captivated him since. "Originally, I wanted to call it Xorio," he says. Wait. What? "Exactly," he laughs. "I’d write it out and ask people how to pronounce it, and if it were a restaurant, what kind of food would it serve. I got a lot of answers like sushi, and people thinking it was Mexican." It means village in Greek – and was an embodiment of what he was trying to do with his restaurant.

But, Turner reasoned, there’d be enough education about food styles and an all-Greek wine list without the added challenge – albeit a fun one – of helping people see what’s in a name.

"And you know, most people, if they know anything about Greece or associate anything with it, they know Helen of Troy. And Helen as a name was simple, and elegant, and it points to being Hellenic. It really became just perfect."

The restaurant is still set for an early- to mid- July opening

Helen Greek Food and Wine

2429 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005, USA

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