Stomping Grounds on West 34th has its first tenant. Paul Petronella, owner of Paulie’s, Camerata at Paulie’s and partial owner of OKRA Charity Saloon, and Chris Poldoian, Camerata wine director and general manager, are partnering to expand in Houston by opening a second Camerata location in the Revive development at 1225 West 34th.
According to a press release, the 1500 square foot location will be called Camerata in the Oaks, and is slated to open in the spring of 2019. The partners say it will be similar to its sister location, Camerata at Paulie’s in the Montrose District.
Primarily designed as a retail wine store, there will be limited seating for in-store patrons. There won’t be a kitchen but there still will be options for nibbling.
“The 10 seats will surround a bar, with intentions of guests enjoying our by the glass options,” said Petronella. “We will have mostly meat and cheese plates to enjoy on site.”
Petronella said that the pasta and sauces which will be sold on site, would need to be cooked at home.
The focus of Camerata in the Oaks will be on the wine. Expert sommeliers will be on hand to
introduce new wines to accommodate various palates. They will carry domestic beer, as well beer from different parts of the world; and also offer wine from lesser known regions.
Chris Poldoian said there will always be a selection of $15 bottle wines.
“Camerata will offer cellar-worthy fine wine and immediately drinkable weekday values,” he said.
Customers can order cases of wine and beer and as well as pre-packaged food items like cured meats, cheese, fresh pasta, sauces and sweets from Paulie’s.
Certified sommelier Tony Stein is going to be the manager at Camerata in the Oaks. Stein is a former chef and baker at Common Bond in Houston and Bouchon in California. He’s currently at Paulie’s.
“Camerata in the Oaks will mirror Camerata at Paulie’s commitment to small production, high-quality, minimal-intervention wine,” Poldoian said in the release. “Our goal with the wine shop is to introduce residents of Garden Oaks and Oak Forest to new varieties and regions in an approachable, friendly way. With a curated retail selection, dynamic by-the-glass program, and hyper-knowledgeable staff, we hope to offer the same legendary level of hospitality that guests expect from Camerata in a retail experience.”
Sean Garrison from Garrison Designs and Chris Nguyen will design the new building in Stomping Grounds.
Of the location, Petronella said that he recognized that the Oak Forest/Garden Oaks area is a rapidly growing residential area of Houston, and that the commercial landscape is catching up.
“This neighborhood is begging for high integrity restaurant and retail, which is apparent by a quick drive through the area but also supported by data,” said Petronella. “One of the goals of Paulie’s – 20 years ago – and Camerata – 5 years ago – was to fill a need in the River Oaks/Montrose areas of Houston. Today, Montrose/River Oaks could be reaching saturation soon in reference to restaurants per 1,000 residents, as it is one of the highest in city limits. Garden Oaks and Oak Forest is one of the lowest per 1,000 residents at a third the number of River Oaks and Montrose.”