New Italian restaurant heads to bustling Montrose mixed-use development
A Baltimore-based restaurant has big plans for Montrose. Atlas Restaurant Group, the company behind Ouzo Bay and Loch Bar, will open a new Italian restaurant in the heart of the city’s premier gastronomic district.
Due to open in spring 2020, the restaurant, still unnamed, will occupy 5,500 square feet at Montrose collective, the mixed-use development currently under construction next to Uchi on the lower Westheimer. The restaurant will be a new concept for Atlas, separate from Tagliata, the company’s Italian-influenced steakhouse. Details are light, but it will feature “premium handmade pasta, cold cuts and steaks,” according to a press release.
Loch Bar and Ouzo Bay opened in the River Oaks district in 2019. The success of the two seafood restaurants – a bustling East Coast inspired seafood tavern alongside a fine dining concept of European influence – prompted Atlas to seek more opportunities in Houston.
“The success of Ouzo and Loch Bar, combined with the city’s conducive business environment, made the decision to grow up here easy,” Atlas Restaurant Group co-owner Alex Smith said in a statement. “Frankly, we love Houston and plan to continue building new brands here under the Atlas umbrella wherever it makes sense. And Montrose Collective made absolutely perfect sense.
Currently under construction, the Montrose Collective will include over 100,000 square feet of office space, over 50,000 square feet of retail space and the relocated branch of the Houston Public Library which is currently located on Montrose Boulevard. When it opens later this year, the development is expected to house six new restaurants and 15 retail stores, including a Van Leeuwen Ice Cream outpost in New York City.
Like other projects by developer Radom Capital (Heights Merchant and MKT Heights), Montrose Collective will feature the design of Texan architect Michael Hsu Office of Architecture.
“We couldn’t be happier that Alex and Eric chose Montrose Collective for their first Italian concept in Texas,” said Steve Radom, Managing Director of Radom Capital. He added, “I was absolutely blown away by their creativity and attention to detail, on a recent visit to Baltimore, and the quality of their concepts speaks for itself, and I have no doubts that they will create something special for Montrose that will resonate with locals and visitors alike. ”