The Menil Adds A Bistro To Its Collection Next Week

By | September 26, 2014
Credit: Bistro Menil via Facebook
Credit: Bistro Menil via Facebook

Bistro Menil (1513 W. Alabama St.), an on-campus cafe at the Menil Collection will open to the public Wednesday, October 1. The restaurant will open for dinner first — reservations available by calling 713-904-3537 — before gradually accepting patrons for lunch and eventually weekend brunch.

Chef Greg Martin, formerly of restaurants like Cafe Annie, oversees the kitchen while Sean Essex acts as beverage director. Sample menu items include duck rillettes with onion jam, cornichons and mustard; pizza with roasted artichoke, chicken tomato sauce and mozzarella and entrees like seared sea scallops with caviar beurre blanc. To accompany those will be wine on tap, local and regional craft beer and wine-based cocktails, plus growlers or casks of beer and wine for purchase for off-campus consumption.

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District provided services such as safety patrols by off-duty HPD officers, graffiti abatement, trash pick-up, maintenance of esplanades, among other services outlined in the Districts’ Assessment Plan, that are supplemental to services provided by the City of Houston, had been reduced in Mid-November and ceased completely as of December 11. The District had to cease the services due to unpaid assessments from some of the commercial property owners within the District. Delinquent assessments for 2016 and prior years are being collected for services that were delivered in 2017. The current lawsuit status does not affect the collection of delinquent assessments due for 2016 and prior years for services rendered for calendar year 2017. Please direct questions regarding the cessation of services to Executive Director, Ben Brewer at We are committed to helping our neighborhood remain the safe, vibrant and attractive place to live and do business and would like to hear from you on how we can continue to work together in this effort.