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Carmelo’s Closes Until Late Spring For A Major Revamp

Big changes are in store for this 37-year-old Houston institution

Do we have to say goodbye to the yellow booths? (from left, Chef Daniel Berg and proprietor Ben Berg)
Jenn Duncan

Carmelo’s Cucina Italiana will remain shuttered until late spring for major renovations now that Ben Berg is heading up the longstanding eatery with his brother Daniel Berg as chef.

The restaurant closed last week to undergo a months-long revamp including the addition of an outdoor patio and a horseshoe-shaped bar with a completely new look inside, according to Culturemap. There’s also talk of menu changes, according to a statement that Berg provided, but no details on the new dishes have been announced just yet.

Berg took over Carmelo’s Ristorante a little over a year ago from longtime owner Carmelo Mauro, who planned to close it after 37 years. It was a win-win for Carmelo’s fans and for its staffers who got to keep their current positions. At the time the restaurant changed hands, Mauro said: “I wholeheartedly trust [Berg] to honor and respect the Carmelo’s name and only improve it in the years to come.”

Stay tuned for Carmelo’s reopening date and more of the “exciting new developments” that diners can expect when the longstanding restaurant makes its return.