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New piano bar going up at 4321 Montrose (formerly Bar Victor)

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Houston restaurateur Benjamin Berg just unveiled his latest project, a revamp of Cafe Annie called The Annie Cafe and Bar, but soon he will be moving on to something else: a piano bar called Link & Lee. 


There are currently few details on the project — permits haven't even been filed yet — but Berg confirmed that the concept is being developed. The roughly 1,800-square-foot bar will be at 4321 Montrose Blvd., the site of the now-defunct Bar Victor, which closed in April. The site is next to Berg Hospitality's new B.B. Lemon location in Montrose.


“(It’ll have) a real fun atmosphere, strong drinks, but really affordable prices, (with a) really cool whiskey list,” Berg said of Link & Lee.


The space is named after the famed Montrose Link-Lee House, which now serves as the executive office of the University of St. Thomas. 


The Annie Cafe and Bar is the newly revamped Cafe Annie, a joint project from Berg and James Beard Award-winning chef Robert Del Grande. The 11,000-square-foot restaurant was remodeled to include new interiors, lighting, furnishings and an extended bar area. Both Berg and Del Grande revamped the menu and food presentation. 


Berg opened the second location of his B.B. Lemon restaurant in Montrose in early July. The second B.B. Lemon is in the old Pax Americana spot, which closed in January after less than five years in business. The property is owned by Zimmerman Interests Inc. — the same Zimmerman family behind La Colombe d’Or Hotel & Residences in Montrose and the Main&Co historical redevelopment downtown


Also this year, Berg Hospitality debuted its newest concepts, B.B. Italia and B.B. Pizza, which replaced Carmelo’s Cucina Italiana in the Energy Corridor. B.B. Italia serves Italian pastas, pizza, veal, ribs, filet mignon and more for dinner, while B.B. Pizza serves more pizza, as well as subs and calzones.


Meanwhile, Bar Victor opened in 2018 in the former Zimm's space. The French-owned baroque bar and lounge hosted live DJs six days a week and offered a menu with cocktails, wine and light bites. The owners transformed the space with a contemporary-meets-classic vibe. They kept Zimm's wooden bar because it dates back to an 18th century castle in France.

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On 9/30/2019 at 5:03 PM, Toopicky said:


I'm glad to see this site will be redeveloped, and by the sounds of it, has a good chance that it will be a successful venture (depending of course on what they mean by 'affordable')



Agreed. Its one of my favorite collection of lowrise buildings in the neighborhood.

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