Three Days Eating Free

Spectacular new steakhouse makes a philanthropic splash with dining days for key charities

Spectacular new steakhouse makes a generous philanthropic splash

Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Chijioke Akujuobi, Michael Chabala, Lori Chabala, Rafael Martinez.
Chijioke Akujuobi, Michael Chabala, Lori Chabala, Rafael Martinez. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Rachel Bagwell, Jeff Bagwell
Rachel Bagwell, Jeff Bagwell. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Jeff Mastro, Oliver Gadgio
Jeff Mastro, Oliver Badgio. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Rob Royal, Catie Savage, Tom Savage
Rob Royal, Catie Savage, Tom Savage. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Margaret Alkek Wiliams, Pierce Bush
Margaret Alkek Wiliams, Pierce Bush. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Denise Tinkham, Monte Tinkham
Denise Tinkham, Monte Tinkham. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Kathryn Brumley, Shannon Higgins
Kathryn Brumley, Shannon Higgins. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Leigh Martin, Whitney martin
Leigh Martin, Whitney Martin. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Steak 48, Annette Ernstein, Scott Ernstein
Annette Ernstein, Scott Ernstein. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, LaToya Pitts, Chester Pitts
LaToya Pitts, Chester Pitts. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Nick Florescu, Dominique Sachse
Nick Florescu, Dominique Sachse. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Mark and Deborah Kobelan, Michelle Kobelan, Scott Kneeland.
Mark Kobelan, Deborah Kobelan, Michelle Kobelan, Scott Kneeland. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Matthew Greives,Colin Moussa
Dr. Matthew Greives,Colin Moussa. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Bain Pearson Pitts, John Pitts
Bain Pearson Pitts, John Pitts. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Chijioke Akujuobi, Michael Chabala, Lori Chabala, Rafael Martinez.
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Rachel Bagwell, Jeff Bagwell
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Jeff Mastro, Oliver Gadgio
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Rob Royal, Catie Savage, Tom Savage
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Margaret Alkek Wiliams, Pierce Bush
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Denise Tinkham, Monte Tinkham
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Kathryn Brumley, Shannon Higgins
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Leigh Martin, Whitney martin
Steak 48, Annette Ernstein, Scott Ernstein
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, LaToya Pitts, Chester Pitts
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Nick Florescu, Dominique Sachse
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Mark and Deborah Kobelan, Michelle Kobelan, Scott Kneeland.
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Matthew Greives,Colin Moussa
Steak 48 Opening dinners, 6/16, Bain Pearson Pitts, John Pitts

As is tradition with brothers Jeffrey and Michael Mastro, the duo previewed their sleek new Steak 48 restaurant over the weekend with three back-to-back evenings of dinner celebrating three charities. And guests ate for free in the River  Oaks District new hot spot.

The good new neighbor policy extended to Big Brothers Big Sisters, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and Dress for Success in an act of philanthropy that is a core value of the Phoenix-based company. In return for the gratis sampling of all the good things that Steak 48 has to offer, guests were encouraged to make a donation to the charity as they departed the eatery. All total, $43,000 was raised for the non-profits.

Explaining the exceptionally generous introduction to Houston, Oliver Badgio, senior vice-president of Prime Steak Concepts, said in a statement,“It is a top priority for our team to establish long-lasting and positive relationships with the Houston community.” 

The sophisticated, two-story restaurant played host to several hundred guests who wined and dined on selections from across the menu, ranging from the seafood tower to the prime steaks butchered in house daily by a master butcher. And, oh, the multitude of sides from which to choose, 20 in all.

Soaking in the delicious servings and the yummy atmosphere were guests including the Mastro brothers, Pierce Bush, Nancy Levicki, Dr. Benjamin Chu and Donna Moylan, Sheridan and John Eddie Williams, Anat and Jay Zeidman, Dominique Sachse and Nick Florescu, and Rachel and Jeff Bagwell.

The Houston Texans roster was well represented over the course of the three nights including vice chairman and COO Cal McNair, GM Rick Smith, quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Tom Savage, and Houston Texans ambassador Chester Pitts.

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