The Laurenzo family, the folks responsible for bringing Houston such favorites as El Tiempo and Cantina 1308, is branching out with the latest addition to their collection - Laurenzo's Grille Dello Sport.The newest restaurant will be in the building at 4414 Washington and the renovation is in full swing. I stopped by and found Dominic Laurenzo personally supervising the work.
Laurenzo's Grill, as Dominic calls it, is the first in the family of eateries that will focus on food that is not uniquely Mexican. The Grill will feature more traditionally American fare. Dominic described it to me as a "full-service, upscale burger place" that will also showcase high-end staples like "prime-rib, filet mignon and lobster rolls."
But, that's just the tip of the iceberg. The full menu is available at the website and features such other delicious offerings as Maple Smoked Salmon, Baby Back Ribs and Colorado Lamb Chops. Along with salads and plenty of burgers and sandwiches.
The space at Washington and Patterson is quite roomy and should provide for a very comfortable dining room. Parking will not be an issue as Dominic informed me that they have leased the spot next door (the old Taqueria La Flor) in order to get its back lot, as well.
When asked when he expected to be open, Dominic says he is "hoping for December 1." Barring any unforeseen delays, of course.
As longtime fan of the Laurenzo family, I am hoping it's right on schedule.