La Colombe D’or, the longtime Montrose boutique hotel nestled in a historic mansion, has announced a lavish new restaurant that will debut when renovations at the hotel are complete.
Called Tonight & Tomorrow, the restaurant will focus on a menu of European-inspired dishes that showcase Houston’s rich cultural and culinary history, made with seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms. The menu will include dishes like graxlax served with lavash, boudin-stuffed quail served with braised greens and pickled mustard seed, and lavish. The restaurant will also serve lunch and a full menu of craft cocktails. Jonathan Wicks, who was previously the executive chef at The Monarch at Hotel Zaza, will lead the kitchen.
In addition to Tonight & Tomorrow, the Bar at La Colombe D’or is getting a facelift. Previously one of Houston’s best kept secrets, The Bar, which is situated in the mansion’s former den, will serve light breakfast and coffee in the mornings, and small plates from afternoon until late evening, alongside classic and craft cocktails and a extensive international wine list. Both the restaurant and bar will offer indoor and outdoor seating.
The hotel is located in a 1923 mansion that was originally built for Humble oil co-founder Walter Fondren and his family. It includes details like 300-year-old French wood paneling and classical architecture. The mansion was converted into a hotel in 1979 and was eventually bought by Houston businessman Steve Zimmerman in the early 1980s. In 1973, Zimmerman had opened the first wine bar in the state of Texas, Zimm’s, just a few blocks down from the Fondren House, according to the Houston Chronicle. Zimmerman still owns the mansion and is overseeing its renovation.
Those renovations began in 2018 and include upgrades to the original building, as well as the construction of a 34-story luxury residential high rise behind the original home. The hotel, along with Tonight & Tomorrow, is expected to reopen by the end of 2020.