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Highly touted Museum District coffee and wine bar debuts with history of java on its wall

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A look inside Bosta.  Photo by Eric Sandler
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Chalkboard menus show breakfast and lunch options.  Photo by Eric Sandler
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A mural depicts the history of coffee Photo by Eric Sandler
Bosta Wine & Coffee Interior
Bosta Wine & Coffee Interior
Bosta Wine & Coffee Interior

The first of three new restaurants in the long-anticipated Parc Binz project will open Thursday evening when Bosta Wine & Coffee makes its debut. Under the supervision of chef Justin Basye of sister restaurant Museum Park Cafe, Bosta will provide its neighborhood with a casual destination for coffee, wine and light bites. 

The expansive space has a clean, modern look with 18-foot ceilings and plenty of seating. Diners can sit at the circular coffee bar and watch the baristas work or gather around a variety of seating options. Seating runs approximately 60 inside while a patio will provide more space in nice weather. 

Balcor Hospitality managing director Christopher Balat explains that Bosta is named in tribute to a coffee shop his grandfather Yousef owned in Ramallah in the 1950s; a chalk drawing of him hangs next to Bosta's menus in tribute to his legacy. In a release, Balat explains that Bosta will serve "the freshest ingredients (and the) best-sourced coffee beans (to create) an atmosphere in which everyone immediately feels welcome."

Local roaster Greenway Coffee will provide those "best-sourced" beans and a Greenway veteran, Michelle K. Dinh, will oversee both Bosta's coffee and wine programs. Other local vendors include Slow Dough breads, New York Bagels and croissants from Angela's Oven. Pastry chef Chris Leung of fellow Balcor concept Cloud 10 Creamery will supply muffins, pound cake, biscuits and, of course, ice cream.

Basye's menu includes those pastries, as well as breakfast sandwiches. Beginning at 11 a.m. until the cafe closes at midnight, Bosta will serve panini that utilize a well-curated selection of meat and cheeses sourced from the Houston Dairymaids.  

A few items will be made in-house. That starts with the the cured and smoked lox for sandwiches and continues with scratch-made ricotta cheese. Once Museum Park opens next month, Basye will begin serving a rotating selection of housemade pates, mousses and rilletes. 

Bosta Wine & Coffee will hold a soft opening Thursday June 12 from 5 p.m to midnight. Beginning Friday June 13, it will be open from 7 a.m. to midnight everyday. 

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