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Downtown burlesque bar gets its man for "nostalgic and decadent" supper club and restaurant

Prohibition downtown interior
Prohibition is scheduled to open downtown this August.  Photo by Eric Sandler
Batanga Chef Ben McPherson
Former Batanga chef Ben McPherson will serve as corporate chef for the Silent Theatre Restaurant Group, which operates Prohibition. Courtesy of Batanga
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Matt Wommack, left, will serve as McPherson's sous chef. Photo by David M. Jackson/Courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Prohibition downtown interior
Batanga Chef Ben McPherson
RodeoHouston BBQ Cookoff 2014

Looks like a familiar face will be staying downtown after all. Prohibition, the downtown restaurant and supper club set to open later this summer, announced today that it has hired Ben McPherson and Matt Wommack to serve as corporate chef and sous chef, respectively, for its new space that's set to open in August. 

McPherson first made a name for himself in Houston as the opening chef at the downtown tapas restaurant Batanga. After he departed, McPherson partnered with Wommack to launch The Bull & The Pearl supper club that's held a series of successful pop-ups, including last week's very well-received boucherie that featured six lamb dishes in collaboration with The Berry Farm.

For its part, Prohibition co-owner Anh Mai told CultureMap earlier this month that Prohibition was looking for an up-and-coming chef to serve a menu of "nostalgic and decadent" prix fixe menus built about seafood for the supper club that will accompany weekly burlesque performances by The Moonlight Dolls. McPherson and Wommack will also oversee a restaurant in front of the space that will include a raw bar and help determine a menu for the downstairs beer garden. 

"We all collaborate very well," McPherson tells CultureMap. "There is a great energy and passion going on. This will be a very large project, and I am looking forward to the challenge. It will also be nice to be staying downtown." 

As for whether he still he intends to turn The Bull and The Pearl into a full-scale restaurant, McPherson demurred. "Our focus is on Prohibition," he says. 

Until the spaces open, catch The Moonlight Dolls every Saturday night in an adjacent space at 1000 Prairie. 

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