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BCN Taste & Tradition’s New Madrid-Inspired Restaurant Will Open This Month

Find MAD in the River Oaks District

Cigala Tio Pepe at MAD
Photo: Julie Soefer

There’s now an opening date for the much-anticipated new Spanish restaurant from the minds behind Houston’s standout BCN Taste & Tradition. The eatery’s owner Ignacio Torras, chef-owner Luis Roger, and general manager Sebastien Laval are just about ready to debut MAD in the River Oaks District, which is slated to open on June 19.

MAD’s cuisine and name is inspired by Madrid (MAD is the airport code for the Spanish City, Laval explained to Eater in 2019). The menu will include imaginative tapas (like foie gras cornetto, a savory dish made to look like an ice cream cone) and paellas made with Spanish-imported grain rice. The cocktail menu plays with G&Ts, from a Green Tea Gin & Tonic to a savory Paella Gin & Tonic, with plenty of Spanish wines to try too.

Spanish interior designer Lazaro Rosa-Violán is handling the look of the 6,000 square foot restaurant, with Brutalist-inspired art and a playful exterior mural.

“Luis and I have always aimed at sharing the love of Spanish cuisine and culture with Houstonians, showcasing a culinary experience that is part exceptional interior design and innovative cuisine,” Torras said in a press release. “With MAD, we hope to continue highlighting the evolution of Spanish culinary experience and spotlight the traditional tapas and paellas which strongly label Spanish cuisine around the world.”

Find MAD at 4444 Westheimer Rd, Suite C180. When it opens up, dinner will be served Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will also be a late-night lounge open on Thursday through Saturday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Lunch service will debut later this year, happening from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.