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Restaurateur Ben Berg’s Takeover of Houston’s Dining Scene Continues at Cafe Annie

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Ben Berg’s restaurant scene takeover continues

On the heels of two new restaurant openings and news that he’s got plans in the works for the former Pax Americana space, restaurateur Benjamin Berg will grow his empire with a new partnership with iconic Houston chef Robert Del Grande. According to a press release, Berg will team up with Del Grande for a major revamp of his restaurant Cafe Annie. The restaurant will close temporarily on May 16 for interior remodeling and a major menu revamp. Expect it to return as the Annie Cafe & Bar sometime this fall.

Indianola earns mixed reviews from Chron critic Alison Cook

This week, Houston Chronicle dining critic Alison Cook took a look at EaDo newcomer Indianola, and her findings were pretty uneven. According to Cook, the restaurant does boast some excellent dishes — the crispy duck rice and butter bean hummus both earn raves — but the menu isn’t particularly cohesive and the chef has a tendency to oversalt. One star.

More details on the arrival of Rosie Cannonball

Rosie Cannonball, the much-anticipated Montrose restaurant from Houston master sommelier and budding restaurateur David Keck, will land this summer. A recently-created website for the restaurant offers scant details, but does note that it will arrive sometime in summer 2019.