Benjamin Berg and the Berg Hospitality team may seem like they have their hands full with their bevy of restaurants (B&B Butchers and Restaurant, B.B. Lemon, Turner’s, Trattoria Sofia, among others), and the second-year launch of the Ranch Saloon & Steakhouse at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, but the fast-growing restaurant group is making plans for even more. In April, Berg Hospitality will add Benny Chows, an upscale Chinese restaurant, and Canopy Social, a British Caribbean-style rooftop bar to its growing list of concepts.
Both restaurants will hold court at 1818 Washington, in a Lovett Commercial development that neighbors B&B Butchers, with Benny Chows on the street level and Canopy Social on the third floor facing out to Downtown. While the pair are vastly different, they were dreamt up by Berg, a native New Yorker, to fill a void in Houston’s hospitality scene.
“In addition to an upscale Chinese restaurant, another thing I noticed that Houston is lacking in comparison to New York is rooftop bars. When this space was presented to me, I knew we had to open something there and that Houstonians would fall in love with the amazing view of our downtown,” says Berg.
Those familiar with the views B&B Butchers has to offer from its rooftop terrace will know what to expect from the building which sits just next door, but the restaurants themselves will offer something new and unique from Berg. With Benny Chows, the seasoned restaurateur makes his first attempt at exploring Chinese cuisine. The menu will focus on elevated Cantonese fare, while leaning on Houston’s dining culture as added inspiration. Offerings will include traditions like dumplings, fried rice, noodle dishes, Peking duck, and filet mignon beef and broccoli, plus dim sum, and a revolving menu of seasonal dishes. Like Berg’s other restaurants, the 5,489-square-foot space, complete with a Peking duck room, will lend itself to spirited group dining. And, for those who want to continue the party, boozy beverages and a lively atmosphere are just a short elevator ride away.
Located two floors up from Benny Chows, Canopy Social will showcase specialty cocktails and light bar bites, but the main draw will no doubt be the bar’s clear, unobstructed view of Downtown. At almost the same size as the Chinese restaurant, the rooftop bar boasts 5,200-square-feet of space and a retractable roof, making it a safe bet even on Houston’s most unpredictable weather days. Lush greenery, water features, and rattan furnishings further enhance the feeling of escaping the hustle and bustle of the city below.
In the seven years since opening B&B Butchers and Restaurant in a quiet pocket of the Washington Corridor between Buffalo Heights and Downtown, Berg has made quite a splash as one of the most polarizing restaurateurs in the city. The boutique steakhouse with attached butcher shop was just the beginning, and what followed was a slew of new, original concepts touting distinct vibes, quality beverage programs, and eats worth coming back again and again for. By the end of April, Houstonians will have two more destinations to add to the rotation.