Big Washington Ave Change

New steakhouse and butcher shop set for revitalized Washington Ave: Ready for rooftop dining?

New steakhouse and butcher shop set for revitalized Washington Ave

B&R Butchers Benjamin Ben Berg
Look for B&R Butchers to open next year in the Dittman buidling on Washington. Photo by Eric Sandler

A veteran member of Houston's restaurant community is stepping out from the corporate shadows and setting out on his own with an intriguing new concept for the east end of Washington Ave.

Long-time Smith & Wollensky general manager Benjamin Berg announced on Saturday's edition of The Cleverley Show that he will leave the Highland Village steakhouse next month to devote himself full time to a new concept called B&R Butchers. It's the first time Berg has offered any public comment on his plans, but Swamplot noticed a liquor license application for the space back in February.  

B&R adds to the emerging restaurant scene at the east end of Washington. It joins Julep and two other upcoming concepts: Big Eyed Fish and Graffiti. 

Located in the historic Dittman Building, B&R, which Berg told host Cleverley Stone stands for his name and his grandfather Rudolph, will feature both a retail butcher shop and a steakhouse. If all goes according to plan, the concept will open in January of next year. 

"It's made of old brick, really (has) a lot of character," Berg said about the building. The space's signature feature will be a roof-top patio that affords diners a view of the downtown skyline.

Berg didn't provide many details about the menu; he told Stone that he's hired a chef but isn't ready to reveal who. 

B&R adds to the emerging restaurant scene at the east end of Washington. It joins recently opened cocktail bar Julep and two other upcoming concepts: Big Eyed Fish and Graffiti.