Montrose has a new destination for cocktails, wine, and Monte Cristo sandwiches.
Night Heron, Agricole Hospitality's new bar and restaurant, opened Wednesday, February 7. Previously home to Lowbrow, the space at 1601 W. Main St. has been thoroughly transformed with new paint, new tables and chairs, and less-cluttered decor. Patrons can choose from standard-height tables, bar seating, banquettes, and even a couple of lounge-style couches. A tree-covered patio provides an al fresco option.
The menu, developed by executive chef Jacob Pate in collaboration with Agricole co-owner Ryan Pera and culinary director Vincent Huynh, offers mostly shareable items like chicken liver mousse, Singapore chili clams, fried, curry-spiced potatoes, and salt and pepper pork ribs. Center of plate items include Caesar salad with shrimp, soba noodles with 44 Farms sirloin, jasmine rice congee, and a cheeseburger. At brunch, the menu adds breakfast-oriented fare like black pepper honey biscuits, shakshuka, and that Monte Cristo.
Night Heron's beverage options start with its cocktail menu (developed by general manager Julie Rogers), which features subtle twists on classics like the salty dog, the margarita, and the Manhattan. The extensive wine list offers both by-the-glass and bottle options in a range of styles. The beer option mix familiar Texas craft pours with more unusual bottle options from beyond the Red River.
All together, Night Heron's mix of a brief food menu with a wide array of beverage options and a mix of seating is highly reminiscent of Better Luck Tomorrow, the Heights bar from Anvil owner Bobby Heugel and Theodore Rex chef-owner Justin Yu. Considering BLT's success since it opened last May, the prospect of another high-quality, bar-forward concept should be a welcome one for diners, especially in the heart of Montrose.
The good news is the Agricole crew has a few months to get the kinks worked out before focusing on their ambitious plans to open three concepts — a bar, a restaurant, and a pizza joint — in the East Village development. Construction on those concepts has finally begun, with opening targeted for late May/early June.
Night Heron, 1601 W. Main St.; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 2 pm to 12 am; Friday 2 pm to 2 am; Saturday 11 am to 2 am; Sunday 11 am to 12 am; closed Tuesday.