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Openings and Closings: Victor Debuts, Kukuri Shutters

Victor, 4321 Montrose, is adding a little savoir-faire to the Bayou City’s repertoire of urbane and stylistic hotspots. The concept, named for French author Victor Hugo, is decidedly French and there are plans to make the new bar/lounge a destination spot for Francophiles, music aficionados anduber-chic cocktail drinkers.

Owner Vincent Sinard has brought in avant-garde restaurateur Jean-Pierre Gleize from Toulouse, France. He is also collaborating with “barpreneur”, DJ and music producer Frank Boissy to curate a ” multisensory experience of all things French culture from a classic and modern perspective”.

Boissy will serve as General Manager and music director. With a ” steamer trunk” DJ platform and guest deejays from Boissy’s global connections, Houstonians will be treated to a European collection of different music styles.

The bar will broadcast French news and Eurosport, which will be a great draw for expats. For those not of Gallic heritage, you can experience the quintessentially French custom of L’Apero at Victor, each evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. It’s like happy hour without the drink-as-many-cheap-shots-as possible angle. Think of it more as an opportunity to indulge in an aperitif or glass of champagne and some complimentary nibbles, while discussing Proust with your friends. Or the newest ” Fifty Shades of Grey” movie. Whatever floats your bateau.

Expect typical French nosh such as tapenades, foie gras, pates, caviar, cheese and charcuterie boards to be on the menu along with items like croque monsieur. The French can even class up a ham and cheese sandwich.


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