Dining in the clouds

New Houston power lunch spot elevates upscale downtown dining

New Houston power lunch spot elevates upscale downtown dining

Strato 550 restaurant 1415 Louisiana Hines
Strato 550 will offer an elevated dining experience.  Courtesy image

Downtown office workers will soon have an opportunity to get high at lunch — 550-feet high, that is.  

Strato 550 will open this spring on the 43rd floor of 1415 Louisiana (formerly known as the Wedge International Tower), real estate developed Hines announced. Situated 550 feet above the street, the developer touts the restaurant as having the highest vantage point of any venue that's open to the public. For reference, the members-only Houston Club occupies the 49th floor of 910 Louisiana, and Spindletop, the restaurant atop downtown's Hyatt Regency Houston, twirls on the 34th floor. 

In addition to expansive views, the new restaurant will provide an on-trend menu of "approachable cuisine with a Mediterranean influence . . . [that] will be seasonally driven, with a focus on sourcing from Texas farms and purveyors." A full range of wine and cocktails will be available to pair with the dishes. Global hospitality firm the Compass Group will operate the space and is currently interviewing candidates for the role of executive chef.

Open for lunch Monday through Friday, the restaurant will also serve happy hour and function as an event space in the evenings. Four meeting rooms will also hold groups of up to 12. In keeping with the theme, they're named for could formations: Cirrus, Cumulus, Nimbus, and Stratus.

Strato 550 is part of a $10 million renovation of the 1415 Louisiana tower. No doubt the power lunch crowd will appreciate having a new dining option.