RE-opening January 3
Dear friends, colleagues & the Carmelo’s family,
I am happy to let you know that after almost 37 years of great food, delicious wine, wonderful people, fun times and hard work, we have decided it’s time to move on to the next life adventure. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported us.
After much research and discussion, my family and I decided to sell the restaurant to local restaurateur and neighbor, Benjamin Berg, who I wholeheartedly trust to honor and respect the Carmelo’s name and only improve it in the years to come.
Berg brings my same, service-oriented mindset to his restaurants and truly believes in giving back to the community, something that has always been important to me.
In June 2015, Benjamin Berg opened his first concept, B&B Butchers & Restaurant, an upscale steakhouse and traditional butcher shop on Washington Avenue, to rave reviews from critics, celebrities and Houstonians. In January 2018, he will open a second location of B&B Butchers & Restaurant in The Shops at Clearfork in Fort Worth, Texas. In Fall 2018, he will open Benjamin, a namesake restaurant inside The Star, a luxury apartment building in downtown Houston that was formerly the Texaco building.
Born in New York City, Berg has been in the restaurant business for over 17 years working for upscale steakhouses in key markets including Las Vegas, Mexico City and his hometown. He began his career as an in-house butcher with a proud family heritage rooted in the restaurant business. His great-grandfather was a kosher butcher in Chicago, his grandfather owned the iconic Orange Julius juice stand in Los Angeles and his brother is a chef at a well-known New York City eatery.
Prior to his career in restaurants, Berg, just like myself, began working in the hospitality industry. He began as a bellman at The Point, a luxury hotel company voted the #1 small hotel in the country at the time, and worked his way up, learning every detail of the different facets of the business. Berg received a Masters of Hospitality Management from Cornell University and a B.A. in Art History from Tulane University.
A quote from Berg, “My goal is to bring the best to Houston and constantly create unique and unparalleled experiences for patrons, and I plan to do the same at Carmelo’s.”
Berg will reopen Carmelo’s January 3, 2018 for dinner at 5pm. On Thursday, January 4 Carmelo's will be open with regular hours for lunch and dinner. Stay tuned for more exciting updates from the new owner. You are in great hands.
Ciao e a presto!
Carmelo Mauro, founder of Carmelo’s Ristorante Italiano