Hospitality USA — known for concepts like Local Pour and Sherlock’s Baker Street Pub — has tapped Eatsie Boys chef Matt Marcus to develop a menu for a new restaurant at LaCenterra Shopping Center in Cinco Ranch.
It will be called Restless Palate, and (as reported in last week's Openings & Closings column) replaces D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe at 2463 Commercial Center. Hospitality USA corporate chef Pablo Gomez will oversee the menu execution on a day-to-day basis. Gomez has a long culinary history in Houston. Before joining Hospitality USA, he was chef de cuisine for Lupe Tortilla, and then went on to help Landry's open Harlow's Food & Fun next to Edwards Cinema on Weslayan.
Restless Palate is described as a “casual, social environment,” which falls very much in line with Hospitality USA’s existing concepts. While the menu focuses on high-quality, healthy ingredients, Marcus and Gomez promise the food will be anything but boring. Marcus is quoted in a press release as saying, “Sometimes people confuse healthy with bland, but this menu will be far from bland. Each menu item has been carefully developed by our team, and we’re excited to give Katy residents a tasty alternative to anything else currently in the marketplace.”
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It's not Marcus's first gig as a chef consultant. He has also helped develop new items for JCI Grill's (James Coney Island's) menu.
Hopefully the new place will help fill the persistent dearth of ambitious restaurants in and near Katy. (It’s a void made even larger now that nearby Brick & Mortar at Gallery Furniture has abandoned its original, ambitious food concept in favor of a more widely accepted, approachable menu.)
Restless Palate’s menu will include baked goat cheese and San Marzano sauce, edamame and roasted garlic hummus, pulled chicken and kale salad, asiago baked chicken and pumpkin sweet potato tart with cinnamon ice cream. Beverages will be “a selection of craft beer, regional wines and premium spirits.” One would hope that beers from Marcus’s own 8th Wonder Brewing might be part of that drink list.
Restless Palate is expected to open for lunch and dinner in early April.