Local Attractions

Bistro Menil Now Open

As many of you know, the Menil has been working on the opening of a new restaurant adjacent to the lovely gem of a museum we are so lucky to have right within walking distance of Winlow Place. It is housed in a Craftsman bungalow just across the street from the main entrance at the Menil and is now open for business. Hours are from 10:00am – 10:00 pm from Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 10:00am – 9:00pm on Sundays.

Please visit this blog post by the Chronicle for photos of the building (and food!), as well as commentary on the architecture. An excerpt from this article:

"We have long wanted to develop a cafe on our campus, not only as a service to our visitors from Houston and around the world, but also as a place of interaction between the museum and the community," stated Josef Helfenstein, director of the Menil Collection. "With the opening of Bistro Menil, and the completion of a new campus gateway into which it is incorporated, we take a step forward in our larger plans to make the Menil more open and engaging for all."

– by Caroline Garry

Buffalo Bayou Park – In the Works

These days, nothing beats a stroll along the ever-improving trails at Buffalo Bayou Park – with its bike and pedestrian trails, beautiful landscaping and best of all, safety from the roads, it's quite the urban oasis... with our Houston skyline as a backdrop and easy access by trail to downtown/the Heights to boot.

Rendering published in the August 2014 Buffalo Bayou Park - In the Works Construction E-Newsletter

Rendering published in the August 2014 Buffalo Bayou Park - In the Works Construction E-Newsletter

It looks like it's about to get even better. Next summer, Houstonians can make the park even more of a destination with the opening of "The Dunlavy" – this project is brought to us by the Clark Cooper restaurants (Ibiza Food & Wine Bar, Brasserie 19, Coppa Ristorante, etc.). The Dunlavy will be located at "Lost Lake" (which is near the Western edge of the park) and will feature breakfast and lunch foods, a 3,800 square foot indoor space, a relaxing patio and free WiFi. 

The structure will also include a visitor center and canoe/kayak rentals for a day of family fun, or a perfect stop for tourist/visitors.

This is only one of many improvements happening at Buffalo Bayou Park – be sure to check out their website and subscribe to their e-newsletter by following the instructions here.

– Thanks to Debbie Leflar for providing us with this tip!