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Haven, Houston’s First-of-Its-Kind Green Certified Restaurant, Offers Farm-to-Market Cuisine
Haven owners are eagerly putting final touches on plans for their forthcoming Certified Green Restaurant®, to open in Fall 2009. The environmentally friendly design will be one-of-a-kind, as will the menu, influenced by favorite Texas foods.
“When you sit down to dine at Haven, you’ll ‘get’ why we’re so excited and passionate about what we’re doing,” said Evans, who plans to update Haven’s ingredient-driven menu weekly, based on what’s best in the fields at the time. “Local, seasonal foods naturally taste better, they’re packed with nutrients, free of chemicals and leave a smaller carbon footprint. It’s a win-win for everyone – the farmer, the chef and the diner.” Everything will be housemade and prepared with farm fresh ingredients, including Haven’s signature cocktails.
The 5,200 square foot build out will incorporate as many green concepts in construction and design as possible, from building materials to interior finishes, kitchen equipment, lighting and more, according to Herd, who is known for his environmentally conscious spaces. “An amazing amount of thought went into what seems very unassuming.”
“Green” initiatives include open ceilings, minimal finishes, and energy-efficient lighting. During warm months the restaurant’s overhangs, floor-to-ceiling green screens and fast-growing shade trees will help reduce air conditioning use. Rather than hauling in bottled water, Haven will use as a specially-designed filtered water system for still and sparking waters. For the kitchen, Evans is purchasing used, scratch-and-
Haven will also feature a raised bed chef’s garden on site, tended to daily by Evans and his kitchen staff. “I want to teach my staff to have respect for the food and ingredients they serve. It’s all about how the earth links to the food, and the food to the dining room,” he said. Cisterns will collect untreated water for the natural, sustainable garden.
For wine, the Haven team will go the extra mile to focus on boutique, hard-to-find bottles from around the world, as well as those more familiar labels popular with wine-savvy Houstonians. According to Graff, “wines will be priced aggressively to encourage diners to take advantage of tasting opportunities.”
“I think we have a home run, something the whole city will enjoy,” said Wheeler. “In creating Haven we’ve considered the environment along with the cuisine, because it’s something we believe in. We hope Houstonians will embrace Haven as much as we have.”
Haven will be located at 2502 Algerian Way, near the Kirby Drive/Highway 59 interchange in Houston. It will only be the beginning for the team’s green restaurant endeavors. Haven’