Bludorn Team Picks Memorial Area for Their Third Restaurant

Victoria Pappas Bludorn, Aaron Bludorn andCherif-Mbodji

Two years after opening critically acclaimed Bludorn, and just four months after debuting their sophomore project Navy Blue in Rice Village, 2022 James Beard Semifinalist Aaron Bludorn, and his business partners, wife Victoria Pappas Bludorn and Cherif Mbodji, have announced a third restaurant. The team has signed a lease at 9061 Gaylord, the 4,900-square-foot space that was once home to Jonathan’s the Rub. in Hedwig Village, one of six cities collectively known as Memorial Villages. Details are scarce, there’s no information on the menu and not even a name has been unveiled, but the restaurant is scheduled for a late 2023 opening. 

The project is described as a “classic, upscale tavern”, an idea inspired by the buzzy, energetic bar area at Bludorn, which means we can expect cocktails. Perhaps with the surrounding, family-friendly neighborhood in mind, the new restaurant is slated to be open daily for both lunch and dinner. The venture also has some personal meaning to the team. Via a press release, Aaron Bludorn notes, “This location is particularly special to us given that Victoria grew up in the Memorial area.” 

Clams Casino at Navy Blue
The Clams Casino at Navy Blue. Photo by Julie Soefer.

Bludorn, a Pacific Northwest native, has had a busy few years since settling in his wife’s hometown of Houston in 2019. In addition to opening two restaurants and starting a third, and being selected as a James Beard Semifinalist for Best Chef:Texas in 2022, him and his team have raised over $100,000 for non-profit organizations, including C-CAP, World Central Kitchen, Texas Food and Wine Alliance and the Houston-based Southern Smoke Foundation. “As we grow our Houston footprint, we continue to be so thankful for the unwavering support of our patrons – both local and visiting – as well as the creativity and dedication of our incredible staff,” said Bludorn.

With the success of both Bludorn and Navy Blue, the upcoming third restaurant is certain to be one of the most anticipated openings of the year.

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