Motif on the move
After six years in business, Motif (motifwest.com) as you knew it at 2432 Cucharras St., in Old Colorado City, is no longer.
But from its ashes two new ventures will arise: Venue 32 and another incarnation of Motif at a new location.
Regarding the first, chef Andrew Darrigan and his wife Heather, who operate Food Designers Catering (115 S. 25th St., fooddesignerscatering.com) out of the space attached to the old Motif, will continue to run food next door for Venue 32, their own event space — to be clear, not a restaurant with regular hours, but a spot to be rented for parties and the like.
Darrigan says he anticipates obtaining a new liquor license around April, about the time a renovation should be coming to completion that will give the room a "full face-lift ... we're going with a modern/rustic look."
About the split, he says that he and former business partner Steve Draper "wanted to go in different directions, but we wish him well."
Draper, a former music teacher in Houston who retired to the area and rallied the local jazz scene around Motif, says his new spot — yet to be disclosed as the paperwork's still in progress — will feature even better acoustics, while "keeping the quaintness of the old Motif."
The layout will be similar, he says, noting a core group of local musicians who'll continue to be the backbone of Motif's programming, in addition to newcomers and sporadic touring acts. He credits the Air Force with bringing top-notch musicians to town, also citing an upcoming KCMJ radio program of which he'll be a part, "promoting the great talent that's dormant here."
Regarding the food and drink component, Draper says he's currently in talks with a chef on the design of a small, "high-end, gourmet" Thursday-through-Saturday-evening dinner menu, which will be all organic. A Sunday jazz brunch may come sometime down the road too, but weekdays for lunch, he has a tentative plan to open a deli on-site as well, dishing sandwiches based off a favorite eatery of his that's been a Houston staple for half a century. To be clear: No music would be attached to that service.
À la carte
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