Introducing Bacaro Kitchen & Wine Bar, formerly The Devine Affair
Houston, Texas: Bacaro Kitchen & Wine Bar, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Memorial, has a new name, a new look, and a new menu with Italian flare. Maria and Bill Loveday own and operate the restaurant, formerly The Devine Affair, which has been in operation more than eight years as a popular dine-in and happy hour spot with take-out options.
Bill Loveday announced, “We hail from New York and now live in Katy. Maria is Italian and the spiritual soul of traditional tastes and hospitality, and I’ve worked in the restaurant industry for more than twenty years. We saw an opportunity to conceptualize our brand in the Memorial area and deliver an exquisite experience with a mix of formal and casual dining.”
The overall atmosphere is inspired by the warmth and neighborliness of the Bacari in Venice, where locals stop in for a glass or two of wine, cicchetti (small plates), and freshly made meals. Dane George remains at the helm as Executive Chef and General Manager and was taught to cook by his Sicilian grandmother. This has inspired his most popular menu items: Gulf Shrimp & Diver Scallop Scampi, Pappardelle Bolognese, Chicken Piccata, and Eggplant Parmesan. He’s adding new delectable dishes to the menu as well.
“Our focus is to provide the best wine and menu options in the Memorial area. Enjoy our restaurant and the new bar menu with a variety of cicchetti and Mediterranean dishes, such as grilled octopus and crudos of the freshest fish. Or stop in for take-home meals on busy days,” says Chef Dane.
Bacaro is a cozy place with a seventy-seat dining room and a separate area perfect for business and social parties for up to twenty guests, as well as a patio seating for sixteen.
Sunday Brunch from 10:30 am-3:00 pm features wine specials and live music by a talented Latin guitarist. The bar menu includes wine/beer specials for happy hour 3:00-6:00 pm daily and 9:30-11:00 pm Friday and Saturday nights. On Wednesday evenings the restaurant offers samplings of new wines, as well as monthly sit-down wine tastings and regular wine dinners featuring specific wineries or themes.
A grand opening celebration is planned after summer to kick off the busy fall season. Owners Bill and Maria Loveday plan to expand into Katy and other West Houston neighborhoods.
Bacaro Kitchen & Wine Bar is located at 14021 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079. Visit the website at bacarokitchen.com and call 281-759-6300.