A Lemon for Montrose

Houston steakhouse owner brings bustling burger joint to 'perfect' Montrose space

Steakhouse owner brings zesty burger joint to 'perfect' Montrose space

BB Lemon exterior
B.B. Lemon is coming to Montrose. Photo by Leah Wilson

Montrose residents rejoice! The rumors about the future of the Pax Americana space are true.

Restaurateur Ben Berg will bring B.B. Lemon, his New York-inspired burger and seafood joint, to the property next month. With only minimal cosmetic changes on tap, expect the restaurant to open by late June.

When it does, expect an enhanced version of B.B. Lemon’s offerings that will add more of the Northeast-inspired seafood dishes — currently represented by items like New England clam chowder and a lobster roll — to the roster while still preserving signature items such as the cheeseburger, crab beignets, and the eclectic cocktail list. Like the Washington Avenue original location, the new B.B. Lemon will be led by executive chef Emily Trusler and beverage director Monique Cioffi-Hernandez, a CultureMap Tastemaker Awards nominee for bartender of the year.

Best known as the proprietor of popular steakhouse B&B Butchers, Berg already has a lot on his plate. He and his brother, chef Daniel Berg, recently relaunched Memorial-area Italian favorite Carmelo’s into B.B. Italia, and he just announced a deal to purchase Cafe Annie from chef Robert Del Grande that will transform it into The Annie Café & Bar. Still, he couldn’t resist the appeal of the Pax space.

“Basically, Dan Zimmerman came to me and asked me if I was interested in it. I loved the space. Such a cool little spot. Not a lot to do to it,” Berg tells CultureMap. After a bit of negotiating, they struck a deal. “The space is so perfect inside and has character and ambiance for a Lemon. That’s kind of what happened.”

Does that mean that more B.B. Lemons are on tap? Berg isn’t saying no.

“I think it could go other places, but I wouldn’t put it in a strip center,” Berg says. “It would have to be the right older space.”