Upscale Mediterranean chain Fig & Olive is just about ready to make its Houston debut.
The restaurant is set to arrive in early March, occupying a luxe, 7,000 square foot space across from the recently-revamped Saks Fifth Avenue building. The dining room seats upwards of 160 people indoors, including private dining rooms and a large bar and lounge space. Outdoors, a terrace patio will offer seating for 40 diners.
Fig & Olive tapped Thomas Laczynski, a chef who formerly worked at True Food Kitchen in Austin, to lead the kitchen in Houston. He’ll oversee a menu of pastas, risottos, crudos, carpaccio, and veggie-based dishes, along with seafood options like whole roasted branzino and paella. Wines from France, Spain, Italy, and California, and cocktails like the Rossellini (passionfruit vodka, blood orange juice, lime) will be on offer.
Things have settled down for Fig & Olive over the last year, which spent most of 2015 embroiled in scandal. In 2015, the chain was exposed for serving pre-made, frozen food that is shipped in from a central commissary to diners paying $26 for truffle risotto. That same year, the Washington, D.C. outpost of Fig & Olive was linked to upwards of 70 cases of salmonella, which shuttered the restaurant briefly.
The Houston location of Fig & Olive is part of a growing dining scene at the mall. Hallowed sushi institution Nobu, Arizona-based Mexican eatery Blanco Tacos and Tequila, and a restaurant from The Spice Route Company will open within steps of Fig & Olive’s first Houston location, joining already-opened (and equally high-profile) restaurants Yauatcha and Shake Shack.
Fig & Olive has not announced an official opening date in Houston, but look for it to land early next month.
Update, 4/26/18: This post has been updated to reflect the correct name of The Spice Route Company.
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