Last week, this sign showed up in the window at the old Sophia restaurant on W. Main and Mandell, indicating that something or someone called Faustian Bargain intends to serve Montrose some devil juice — er, liquor. Sophia closed here at the end of February, you’ll remember, and Café Artiste mysteriously disappeared several years before that. Some sleuthing by a Swamplot reader — later echoed by Eater Houston and Culturemap — turned up that 2 of the likely new owners of the 2,400-sq.-ft. standalone near the Menil Collection are Omar Afra and Jagatjit Katial of Free Press Houston and Fitzgerald’s fame. Inquiries for more information haven’t been returned.
- Is the Free Press Crew Opening a Bar in Montrose? [Eater Houston]
- A new bar with major music cred is opening by The Menil: Want to drink to Free Press? [Culturemap]
- Previously on Swamplot: West Main Standalone Now Available for Next Restaurant, “Dude, What Gives?”: Cafe Artiste’s Disappearing Act
Photos: Allyn West