Hugo Ortega, Anvil Among Recently Announced James Beard Award Semifinalists 

By | February 18, 2015
Chef Hugo Ortega. Credit: Paula Murphy
Chef Hugo Ortega. Credit: Paula Murphy

Last year, Underbelly (1100 Westheimer) chef Chris Shepherd was the big James Beard Award winner for Best Chef Southwest, breaking what CultureMap calls the “city’s 22 year drought” for the category. For 2015, Montrose has yet another shot at bringing home the prestigious culinary award after it was announced Wednesday, February 18, that chef Hugo Ortega of Hugo’s (1600 Westheimer) and Backstreet Cafe (1103 S. Shepherd) is yet again among the semifinalists for the fourth straight year. Also making Montrose proud is the nod to Anvil Bar & Refuge (1424 Westheimer) in the Outstanding Bar Program category and Hugo’s for Outstanding Wine Program.

Good luck to all the semifinalists from Houston including Oxheart’s Justin Yu and The Pass’ Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner (a restaurant which is less than one block outside the boundaries of Montrose).

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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 BBrewer@MontroseDistrict.org. 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.