The pink brick building at the corner of Greenbriar and West Alabama has been a bit sadder ever since Ziggy's Healthy Grill (now Ziggy's Bar and Grill) moved out last year.
But now there's a new concept planning to take the sedate strip to the next level. Raed "Ray" Salti has announced it as the location of a new concept, Sorrel Urban Bistro, opening in mid-May. Salti owns the popular Ray's Gourmet Country in Fulshear as well as the Pepperoni's Pizza chain in and around Fort Bend County.
"The chef [Soren Pedersen] lives in Montrose and we've always been looking for a tucked-in location inside the loop," says Salti. "Ray's is established now so we can do something new."
Salti tells CultureMap that Sorrel will be a farm-to-table restaurant focused "seasonal food, local meats and local suppliers," mentioning Haven as the closest inner loop competitor. Expect a defined menu of 10 to 12 New American dishes that will change not just seasonally, but weekly.
"It's really going to depend on whatever the farmers bring in," says Salti.
There's also a large, 40-seat bar area planned that will offer sliced-to-order charcuterie and cheeses, Italian-market style, in lieu of a prepared bar menu.
The bar will have about 100 boutique wines, with a particular focus on green and organic bottles, which will make up about a quarter of the wine selections.
"Green wine is all about being very sustainable," says Salti. "They use a lot less machinery to process the wine and less chemicals."