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Richard Sandoval Will Open Bayou & Bottle At The Four Seasons Next Year

The world-renowned restaurateur makes his first foray into Texas

A rendering of Bayou & Bottle
Courtesy The Four Seasons Hotel
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In advance of the Super Bowl, Houston restaurants have been arriving at warp speed. But the arrival of celebrity chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval may be the biggest yet.

Announced via release, Sandoval will bring Bayou & Bottle to the Four Seasons as part of the hotel’s massive makeover, which is currently underway. The new concept is described as a “lobby bar hotspot” with “quality cuisine” and, most importantly, lots and lots of whiskey.

Not much has been announced with regard to the cuisine, but the brown liquor will definitely be flowing. Guests can purchase their own whiskey lockers for storing pricey bottles, and the spot will employ an as-yet-unnamed “Bourbon Baroness,” a booze aficionado who can help you choose the right spirit.

For those unfamiliar with Sandoval, you probably should be. For nearly two decades, Sandoval has opened massively successful restaurants across the globe, including Maya in New York City, Zengo in Denver, and Dubai’s Toro Toro. He’s also written cookbooks on Latin cuisine and served as a judge on Beat Bobby Flay and Top Chef Masters. Bottle & Bayou will be his first Texas restaurant.

The spot is set to open in early 2017, just in time for the big game.