Any doubts that Ryan Hildebrand's upcoming solo restaurant project would be a big deal can now be laid to rest.
The restaurant will be called Triniti, a nod to the culinary triad of sweet, savory and spirits on offer. Opening in summer 2011, the menu is described as "progressive American" and will feature seasonal dishes and a special menu that will change weekly.
Hildebrand, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a protegé of elite Houston chefs like Mark Cox, Philippe Schmit and Scott Tycer, is setting Triniti at 2011 S. Shepherd Dr., most recently the site of clubs Crome and Pravada. The 5,400-square-foot raw space is set to be transformed inside and out by MC2 Architects, with seating for 150, an exhibition kitchen, a lounge, a chef’s table, patio seating, kitchen-side counter seating, wine storage and a private dining room.
“By the time MC² is finished, the building is going to be like nothing else in Houston,” Hildebrand said. “We’re gong to marry the progressive nature of the restaurant with organic elements. For example, the skin of the restaurant employs an innovative application of materials but will be balanced by an on-site garden we’re working into the design, so we’ll have a juxtaposition of a modern aesthetic with the organic.”
Hildebrand says he wants to merge white tablecloth-style food and service with a casual atmosphere — fine dining that isn't quite so precious.
One thing's for sure — we can't wait to see it.