The Hundred-yard Journey
Landmark Rice Village restaurant readies to relocate — but thankfully, not too far
One of Rice Village’s staple restaurants will have a new home in 2024, but it isn’t going far. Prego, an Italian restaurant that’s been in business for more than 40 years, is moving from its current location due to redevelopment plans by Rice Village owner Rice Management Company.
“After 40 years in the village, it was hard to imagine relocating to anywhere else in Houston. We are pleased we were able to work with the university and we won’t be going far,” Prego’s general manager and operating partner David Cook said in a statement. “Our new location is only 100 yards away at 5515 Kelvin Dr., Suite # 130, and we are thrilled that we will continue to be a part of this community. Our roots here are deep, and this is where our customers look for us to be.”
Part of H-Town Restaurant Group with establishments such as Hugo’s and Backstreet Cafe, Prego serves a diverse menu of Italian dishes including appetizers, salads, pizza, pasta, and mains. It’s also known for its extensive wine list.
Prego will remain open at its current location (2520 Amherst) until the new restaurant — currently a Talbots clothing store — is ready to open. Anthony Vu from 2X Studio will design the new space, which will blend elements of the current location with some more contemporary touches.
In the run up to the move, Prego is inviting diners to share their memories of meals at the restaurant. Diners are asked to email photos or memories to firstname.lastname@example.org. The restaurant will share them on its social media accounts.
Prior to the move, Prego is planning a farewell celebration for the existing space. Details will be shared in the future. The goal is to celebrate the regulars who have supported the restaurant since the beginning.
“We are excited to start this next chapter, but also know that restaurants with rich Houston history like ours are becoming scarce especially after the hard road the hospitality industry has been on the past few years,” Cook added. “We know that our successes and longevity are due to our loyal regular customers. They inspire us to continue to provide a place where families and friends can gather to relax, share a meal, and be there for one another. Our commitment to quality, comfort, reliability, and hospitality has never been stronger.”