Short-Lived Muse Makes Way For Posh Houston Restaurant & Piano Bar

A rendering of how Houston bar and restaurant The Kennedy will appear when completed

It was only in April 2023 when we told you about Muse, located in the former Emmaline space at 3210 West Dallas. Although writer Minh T. Truong praised the sexy space and the food, the restaurant has proven to be short-lived. It’s being replaced by The Kennedy, a restaurant and piano bar from Ninety3 Hospitality Group, owned by native Houstonian Andres Q. Castro. According to his Instagram profile where he has over 133,000 followers, Castro owns San Andres, a contemporary Western fashion brand and a private plane service called Straight Jet. A press release stated that he started working in restaurants at age 17 before moving into the nightlife business. His experience includes Houston clubs such as The Drake, Limelight, Spire and Clé. 

“I’m bringing my 12 years of hospitality and private aviation experience and a team of seasoned, hospitality veterans to deliver a refined yet energetic all-day experience you’d expect to find at a luxury boutique hotel restaurant and bar. The Kennedy will merge the sophistication and elegance of River Oaks with the energy and artistry of Montrose to deliver a one-of-a-kind, world-class experience,” said Castro via a press release.

Owner of The Kennedy piano bar, Andres Q. Castro
Owner of The Kennedy piano bar, Andres Q. Castro, is bringing experience mainly in Houston’s club scene to his new project. Courtesy photo.

It appears that a team led by Joshua Weisman of Construction Concepts is redoing the 7,000-square-foot building that formerly housed Muse and Emmaline, with the goal of having it ready late this summer. A rendering shows the exterior is being painted entirely white. Other features include a patio and upstairs balcony outfitted with lounge seating, white umbrellas with red trim and an abundance of greenery and flowers. Inside, the space is anchored by a bar and dual-sided fireplace.

Adriana Maldonado will serve as executive chef and was recently in the same role at Trash Panda Drinking Club. She previously worked at esteemed establishments in other cities such as Todd English’s Olives, Javelina, Playa Betty’s and Avenida.

A key component of The Kennedy’s menu is small and medium shareable plates featuring meat sourced from Carniceria Prime Meat Market, which specializes in USDA prime, Kobe and Wagyu beef. (While there currently appears to only be one location at 20521 FM 529 in Cypress, according to the company’s TikTok profile, there are plans to open additional shops in Conroe, Porter and McAllen.) The meat will show up in dishes such as Wagyu beef tartare and a Wagyu smash burger. There will also be foie gras and caviar service.

On the drink side, the restaurant and piano bar will offer craft cocktails and mocktails, an extensive Champagne selection and wines from around the world.

In addition to pianists, entertainment at The Kennedy will include singers and late night DJs.

“I’m excited to bring a restaurant and lounge with beautiful and classic interiors, attentive service and delicious, bite-size food to River Oaks that bucks the current trend-driven restaurant and bar designs,” said Castro via press release. “Paired with a world-class beverage program and diverse live music, The Kennedy will be a day-to-late night destination that feels like an energetic extension of your home.”

Once it opens, The Kennedy will serve from lunchtime until late-night six days a week, as well as weekend brunch.

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