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Sheriff & socialites: New Washington Avenue steakhouse rocks with two killer preview parties

Sheriff & socialites: New steakhouse rocks with two preview parties

News, Shelby, B&B Butchers opening, May 2015, Becca Cason Thrash, Benjamin Berg
Becca Cason Thrash and owner Benjamin Berg at B&B Butchers and Restaurant opening. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
B&B Butchers Opening Tiffany Smith, Rick Smith
Tiffany and Rick Smith. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
B&B Butchers Opening Dominique Sachse, Nick Florescu
Dominique Sachse and Nick Florescu. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
B&B Butchers Opening Jessica Rossman, Dr. Cenk Ozdogan, Catherine Ozdogan
Jessica Rossman, from left, Dr. Cenk Ozdogan and Catherine Ozdogan. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
B&B Butchers Opening Greggory Burk, Pat Burk, Westy Ballard, Jason Arnoldy, Lindley Arnoldy
Greggory and Pat Burk, from left, Westy Ballard and Jason and Lindley Arnoldy. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
B&B Butchers Opening Justin McKee, Ernie Manouse
Justin McKee and Ernie Manouse. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
B&B Butchers Opening Kevin Black, Tony Bradfield
Kevin Black and Tony Bradfield. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
B&B Butchers Opening Chris Brown, Claire Cormier-Thielke
Chris Brown and Claire Cormier-Thielke. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
B&B Butchers Opening Lora Clemmons, Dr. John Clemmons
Lora and Dr. John Clemmons. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
B&B Butchers Opening Dr. Devinder Bhatia, Gina Bhatia
Dr. Devinder Bhatia and Gina Bhatia. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
B&B Butchers Opening Richard Flowers and Joan Schnitzer
Richard Flowers and Joan Schnitzer. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
B&B Butchers Opening Jeff Bagwell, Rachel Bagwell, Rick Smith
Jeff and Rachel Bagwell, from left, with Rick Smith. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
B&B Butchers Opening Henry Richardson, Sam Banks, Laura Greenberg, Monsour Tagdhisi
Henry Richardson, from left, Sam Banks, Laura Greenberg and Monsour Tagdhisi. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
B&B Butchers Opening Susan Plank, Bo Hopson, Courtney Hopson
Susan Plank, from left, with Bo and Courtney Hopson. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
B&B Butchers Opening Diane Lokey Farb and Mark Sullivan
Diane Lokey Farb and Mark Sullivan. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
B&B Butchers Opening Mark Nguyen, Duyen Huynh Nguyen, Fady Armanious
Mark Nguyen, from left, Duyen Huynh Nguyen and Fady Armanious. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
B&B Butchers Opening Shannon Hall, Natalie LaFevre
Shannon Hall and Natalie LaFevre. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
B&B Butchers Opening Tom LeCloux, Neal Hamil, Dr. Steve Hamilton,
Tom LeCloux, from left, Neal Hamil and Dr. Steve Hamilton. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
B&B Butchers Opening Erin Florescu and Hugh Echols
Erin Florescu and Hugh Echols. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
B&B Butchers Opening Cliffe Reckling, Annie Amante
Cliffe Reckling and Annie Amante. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
B&B Butchers Opening Cathy Echols, Christopher Gongolas
Cathy Echols and Christopher Gongolas. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, B&B Butchers opening, May 2015, Becca Cason Thrash, Benjamin Berg
B&B Butchers Opening Tiffany Smith, Rick Smith
B&B Butchers Opening Dominique Sachse, Nick Florescu
B&B Butchers Opening Jessica Rossman, Dr. Cenk Ozdogan, Catherine Ozdogan
B&B Butchers Opening Greggory Burk, Pat Burk, Westy Ballard, Jason Arnoldy, Lindley Arnoldy
B&B Butchers Opening Justin McKee, Ernie Manouse
B&B Butchers Opening Kevin Black, Tony Bradfield
B&B Butchers Opening Chris Brown, Claire Cormier-Thielke
B&B Butchers Opening Lora Clemmons, Dr. John Clemmons
B&B Butchers Opening Dr. Devinder Bhatia, Gina Bhatia
B&B Butchers Opening Richard Flowers and Joan Schnitzer
B&B Butchers Opening Jeff Bagwell, Rachel Bagwell, Rick Smith
B&B Butchers Opening Henry Richardson, Sam Banks, Laura Greenberg, Monsour Tagdhisi
B&B Butchers Opening Susan Plank, Bo Hopson, Courtney Hopson
B&B Butchers Opening Diane Lokey Farb and Mark Sullivan
B&B Butchers Opening Mark Nguyen, Duyen Huynh Nguyen, Fady Armanious
B&B Butchers Opening Shannon Hall, Natalie LaFevre
B&B Butchers Opening Tom LeCloux, Neal Hamil, Dr. Steve Hamilton,
B&B Butchers Opening Erin Florescu and Hugh Echols
B&B Butchers Opening Cliffe Reckling, Annie Amante
B&B Butchers Opening Cathy Echols, Christopher Gongolas

B&B Butchers and Restaurant owner Benjamin Berg couldn't have asked for a more power-packed preview. His private party for investors and friends upstairs and Becca Cason Thrash's chic bash downstairs filled the historic building on Washington Avenue to overflowing. (The restaurant officially opens on May 26.)

While the new sheriff in town Ron Hickman, private investigator John Moritz and wine connoisseur Denman Moody were among Berg's guests, it was the party kids on the ground floor that set the eatery rocking. The first floor bash was a tribute to Becca and patrons of one of her favorite charities, Best Buddies.

The invitation-only (free) seated dinner with wine flowing was a thank you to those who have supported Becca's charitable activities on behalf of the non-profit founded by Anthony Shriver for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

She revealed that her next Best Buddies fundraiser is Nov. 7, headlining Oscar-winner, House of Cards star Kevin Spacey.

But the big burning question of the night: Can Houston support yet another steak house? "Definitely," said Berg, "definitely a local steak house . . . I felt like the butcher shop with the restaurant was just right with this neighborhood that's up and coming. It just fit. It wasn't cookie cutter. It was a lot of work to put this together." 

After two years of working on the project, Berg launched the upscale eatery/butcher shop with a duo of longhorn steers stationed at the entrance to welcome guests. 

 The big burning question of the night: Can Houston support yet another steak house? "Definitely," said Berg, who explained why.  

Becca filled the dining room, designed for 80, with 100 of her best buddies, an incredible cross-section of Houston that would be coveted by many a hostess. From the sports world, she had Houston Texans GM Rick Smith and retired Houston Astro Jeff Bagwell. From fashion Tootsies' Fady Armanious, Sloane Hall's Shannon Hall and LVMH's Rhonda McDonald. From TV land Dominique Sachse and Ernie Manouse.

Add popular plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Hamilton, real estate's Neal Hamil and Sabiha Rehmatulla, United Airlines attorney and bombshell Jessica Rossman, Tenenbaum's Kevin Black and Tony Bradley and on and on. Of course, John Thrash was there to cheer on his wife.

Inspite of the crush, both upstairs and down, it was thumbs up for the new hot spot. Guests dined on sliced filet mignon with au poivre, truffle mac and cheese, broccoli floret and cheesecake, all served family style.

Becca's impressive coterie also included Sara Dodd and Gregory Fourticq, Courtney and Jason Fertitta, Chris Brown, Monsour Taghdisi and Henry Richardson, Claire Cormier-Thielke, Lindley and Jason Arnoldy, Joan Schnitzer, Richard Flowers, Courtney and Bo Hopson, Lora and Dr. John Clemmons, Susan and Mike Plank, Hugh Echols, Tiffany Smith and so many more.