It may only be August, but we have a winner for the cutest new store or restaurant name of 2010. It's Flora & Muse — a new bistro, patisserie, flower stand, coffee shop and tea room all in one — opening this month at CityCentre.
With a Turkish film star (Basak Koklukaya) as one of the investors, interiors by Laura Umansky and executive chef David Luna (formerly of Shade and Canopy) in the kitchen, Flora & Muse is set to be like nothing else in Houston.
With 6,000 square feet divided into patio space, a patisserie/retail space and a more formal bistro/lounge area, the interiors have been designed to be both multi-purpose and delightfully eclectic, with vintage Victorian settees holding court alongside crystal chandeliers, mismatched chairs, ornate lamps and overstuffed upholstery. Custom-made carts will display flowers and books for sale.
There will be cases of fruit and pastries, afternoon tea and Luna's "European cuisine with American flair," like sandwiches, flatbreads, cheeses, fruit and traditional entrees including steak au poivre and Turkish pide pie.
Relaxed and quirky?
If Ámelie Poulain lived in Houston, Flora & Muse sounds like the kind of place she might hang out.