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Outdoor Oasis Emmaline Debuts In Montrose Next Month

Multiple patios and a giant sunroom are en route

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Next month, the restaurant formerly known as Teala’s will officially make its debut as Emmaline, a brand new outdoor oasis and eatery in Montrose.

The new restaurant from Sam Governale will open its doors at 3210 West Dallas, just steps away from Buffalo Bayou Park, according to a press release. Governale has hired Chef Dimitri Voutsinas, who comes to Houston by way of New York City and boasts experience in the kitchens of Daniel Boulud and Marcus Samuelsson. Prior to packing his bags for Houston, Voutsinas served as executive chef of NYC’s La Gamelle.

Aesthetically, Emmaline will take inspiration from iconic eateries like The Ivy in West Hollywood and NYC’s El Buco, serving up a “soft and airy, laid-back vibe.” The restaurant will also boast its very own street-facing patio with plenty of seating for dining, drinking, and people-watching. Indoors, the restaurant will offer four separate dining areas, including an antique-adorned central bar, lounge-style space with seclluded booths, and a 50-seat sunroom with plenty of inspiration from the garden.

As far as the food is concerned, Voutsinas will serve up an eclectic menu of American, Mediterranean, and wood-grilled fare. Diners can look forward to dishes like charbroiled oysters, fontina cheese fondue, and desserts like a praline-spiked Backyard Wedding Cake.

When it debuts, Emmaline will be open for all-day dining, from lunch to late-night. No official opening date has been set beyond “early next month.”