Controversial mini-chain Bottled Blonde Pizzeria + Beer Garden is bringing its contemporary Italian cuisine and over-the-top cocktails to the Washington Corridor.
Owned by the Arizona-based Evening Entertainment Group, Bottled Blonde Houston opens at 4901 Washington Ave. on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m., according to a Monday release.
The casual restaurant, beer garden and sports hub, 10,000 square feet, features brewery-themed and pin-up girl decor, 40 high-definition TVs and two 24-foot projector walls. Picnic-style tables are located both inside and on the 1,500-square-foot patio.
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The food menu includes antipasto, artisanal salumi, premium cheeses, salads, sandwiches, house-made spaghetti and meatballs and stone-fired pizza.
The bar offers 24 local and craft brews, ciders, spirits, a 100-oz. mimosa tower, plus bottle service.
After dark, Bottled Blonde transforms into a nightclub with state-of-the-art lighting and sound.
“We love Texas and can’t wait to bring our Italian-inspired cuisine and contemporary, upbeat concept to the city of Houston,” Les Corieri, who co-owns Bottled Blonde with wife Diane Corieri, said in the release. “Houstonians are serious about their food, and even more serious about their sports, so Bottled Blonde is the perfect place to have it all. It’s exciting to serve the city our brand of fun and merriment with a carefully crafted menu and beverage program to enjoy big games and weekend brunches.”
The Bayou City marks the third outpost of Bottled Blonde, which also has locations in Dallas and Scottsdale, AZ.
The brand comes with its share of controversy.
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The now-defunct Chicago locale came under fire in 2017 after social media posts alleging a racist dress code with regulations such as “no gang attire” and “no baggie [sic], sagging clothing” went viral, Eater Chicago reported.
Bottled Blonde Chicago made headlines again in October 2019 when city officials reportedly revoked the business’s license due to noise and traffic concerns voiced by neighborhood residents. The location permanently closed in July 2020 after five years of operation, according to Eater Chicago.
Bottled Blonde Dallas, which opened in 2017, is also under investigation by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), Dallas’ KDFW reported.
KDFW said the Deep Ellum spot, which originally opened as a bar, was allowed by the TABC to reopen as a restaurant in July. Since then, it has allegedly violated Gov. Greg Abbott’s orders requiring Texas restaurants to reduce capacity to 50 percent occupancy to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Bottled Blonde Houston will be open weekdays from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Brunch and happy hour will begin on Sept. 26. Brunch will be offered on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., while happy hour will be weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m.