Come on, admit it. You said you didn’t love, love, love John Tesar but deep down inside, I know you did. Well, if you are willing to drive to The Woodlands, starting next Tuesday (Sept. 1) you can see him at Tesar’s, A Modern Steak & Seafood. Deets below. Tesar’s Coming: Chef John Tesar Opens Tesar’s,
A Modern Steak & Seafood Concept In The Woodlands, Texas
August 26, 2009-Tesar’s, a modern steak & seafood concept by Chef John Tesar and BHT Restaurant Group, will open on September 1. After years of hatching and reinventing some of the hottest restaurants in America, the nationally recognized chef returns to ownership. “Owning restaurants in my early 20′s was rewarding in many ways but I wanted to broaden my ability as a chef on many levels. So for the past two decades, I’ve created restaurant concepts for resorts and even other chefs. Now it’s time for me to develop the Tesar brand and restaurants that will reflect those years of experience and the way I like to eat,” says Tesar.
Tesar’s will offer a wide-ranging menu packed with organically grown, super “green” selections using side-by-side comparisons of grass and grain-fed beef and earth-easy seafood. “I want to respond to the economy and environment with a chef-driven concept that offers affordability and fine dining with healthy and planet-friendly food options,” informs Chef Tesar.
In addition to seafood and steaks, Chef Tesar is introducing Tesar’s Burger Bar as part of the outdoor area of his restaurant that is conveniently situated across from the Cynthia Woods (Mitchell) Pavilion. Under the bun at Tesar’s, the ingredients speak for themselves: top-notch beef ground in-house reigns along with house-made Tesar’s Special Blend Ketchup and hand-cut fries tossed with the choice of truffle oil, chili or wasabi. Uniquely, guests can order their burger with either a healthier grass-fed beef or the more traditional grain-fed beef. Other menu items will highlight the chef’s legendary seafood reputation along with simple and quick items like Neapolitan-style flatbreads. Plans are on the grill to open several Tesar’s Burger Bars in Texas and Colorado.
Tesar enticed Barbara Dellich, executive pastry chef from Dos Caminos at the Palazzo in Las Vegas, to sweeten up his place. “Barbara and I worked together at RM Seafood in Vegas. Her flavorful handmade-ice cream tasting would rival the creativity of the most honored pastry chefs in the country,” says Tesar. Dessert standouts include Sweet T’s cupcake trio, another brand developing under BHT restaurant group, and “munchie platter” which features caramel corn, warm donuts, rice krispie treats and other munchables.
Most recently Chef Tesar was seen on The Early Show on CBS. Numerous other national and local television appearances along with high profile wine, food and charity events leave Tesar no stranger to the spotlight. The passionate chef has garnered a distinct following for his fare and his commitment to the locavore movement. Tesar re-imagined the restaurant at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in 2006 by creating three unique dining areas, each with its own menu. Under his leadership, Chef Tesar received numerous awards and accolades from food critics on a local and national level. John Mariani, recognized Tesar when he named the Mansion Restaurant one of Esquire’s Ten Best New Restaurants of 2008.
Tesar says this will be the first of many BHT Restaurants. “Diners are searching for chef-driven restaurants and thoughtful cuisine,” states Chef Tesar. “In The Woodlands, we want to make certain we embrace everyone from the Anadarko executives to families who make this the pristine community that it is,” concludes Chef Tesar.