Chef Jonny Rhodes shook up the Houston culinary scene on Sunday night when he took to Instagram to announce that his nationally acclaimed restaurant, Indigo, will completely shut in July 2021.
“I write this with so many tears in my eyes,” Rhodes stated within the put up. “This all started with an idea and a dream of simply being free. I wanted to work in a kitchen and cook at a high level.”
Rhodes stated the trail to success has include a value.
“… No one told me how lonely the road would become. In the nearly two years since we’ve been open, I’ve lost countless relationships. People just don’t know what I had to do to get it, or what it takes to keep it,” he stated. “All of the success has never meant much, I once found joy in just cooking in my own space on my own time.”
Rhodes will pivot his focus to a self-sustaining grocery retailer and farm, Food Fight Farms & Broham Fine Soul Food & Groceries. Broham at present operates out of Indigo. Rhodes has launched a crowd-sourcing fundraising initiative to fund his new enterprise.
Indigo will reopen for its last yr of service on July 23, with a menu that includes a mixture of new and favourite dishes. Reservations are actually open by way of Resy.
The restaurant will shutter on July 24, 2021.
Indigo was named Food & Wine’s “Best New Restaurants 2019” in May 2019 and was additionally acknowledged by Time Magazine in August 2019 as considered one of ‘The World’s 100 Greatest Places.”
The restaurant affords neo-soul meals delicacies supposed to impress dialog concerning the historical past of black and indigenous individuals in America.
Example menu gadgets embrace okra-seed espresso, a preferred drink within the South through the Civil War, and a smoked-pastrami entree served with a brief informative piece of writing on the completely different experiences of Italians and African Americans through the Great Migration.
Indigo opened at 517 Berry in 2018 as Rhodes’ first brick-and-mortar restaurant.
Rhodes refined his expertise at New York City’s Gramercy Tavern earlier than relocating to Houston and launching a collection of pop-up occasions in 2016.