The scaffolding above Waterworks in Highland Village has been there so long we hardly even notice it any more. But if the construction is old news, what's heading to the new second- and third-floor space has been more of a mystery — until now.
After shopping a restaurant concept to several high-end chefs around town, Highland Village owner Haidar Barbouti decided to open his own eatery, dubbed UP Bistro and set to open in September. Steven Vanderpool of Houston's Strip House and Cuvee Beach Restaurant in Destin, Fla., has been named as executive chef.
For the design Barbouti tapped Issac Preminger, the architect behind Tiny Boxwood's, Escalante's and Uptown Sushi, and while details are scarce, CultureMap has uncovered leaked plans showing an elevator that opens directly into the restaurant, a spacious patio and lounge, a large central bar and details like antique gold vermeil mirrors and walnut paneling and trim.
But the main selling point for the space? The 180 degree skyline views. "The panorama from Uptown Houston all the way to downtown in unlike any view I’ve seen — especially from a restaurant," says Shannon Price, Highland Village's Director of Marketing.
We can't wait to see them for ourselves...