Taking the Houston culinary scene by storm, Manhattan-reared Benjamin Berg makes being a successful restaurateur look like a piece of cake — a hulking slice of New York-style cheesecake, that is. His lauded upscale steakhouse spin B&B Butchers — with special touches like the new 12-course meat-tasting menu, with beef from Texas to Japan — opens a sister location in a posh new Fort Worth development later this year. And the just-announced construction of a namesake restaurant here in Downtown Houston, adjacent to The Star, a new luxury high-rise, also has Houstonians talking about this mover-and-shaker. Can you spot the fake fact about Berg?
1. He once lived in Mexico City, and was attacked and kidnapped by the Mexican cartel during an outing to get his visa renewed. “It was this traumatic experience that encouraged me to leave Mexico, move to Houston and eventually open my own restaurant.”
2. Berg has a huge hand in decorating his restaurants. To keep the aesthetic of B&B’s new Fort Worth outpost and his Benjamin’s restaurant in Downtown distinctly different, he scours online auctions for unique pieces. “I love finding very special fixtures, artwork and tables for each concept.”
3. One day, the die-hard Red Sox fan hopes to open a restaurant in Boston. “B&B Butchers of Boston has a certain ring to it, don’t you think?”