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Grand opening at Fish & The Knife in Houston benefiting The Women's Home

Succulent rib entree
Succulent rib entree
Valerie Sweeten

Fish & The Knife Sushi Bar and Lounge’s grand opening on July 29, 2014 is slated to be a showcase of a gorgeous space, delicious drinks, innovative sushi and creative entrees for visitors.

Benefiting The Women’s Home in Houston, the event is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. VIP tickets include a private VIP room with DJ, unlimited bites, wine from Penfold's and specialty cocktails by ByeJoe, and gift bags. General admission is free and includes lite bites, ByeJoe tastings and drink specials. To purchase VIP tickets, go to www.thewomenshome.org/events/event/28-fish-the-knife-grand-opening-party....

Fish & The Knife, located at 7801 Westheimer, is the brain child of Tony Zheng, who moved here from Hong Kong in 1991 to pursue his dream. Zheng has had the famous Sake Café NOLA since 1998.

Fish & The Knife’s concept evolved after Zheng was impressed by Houstonians’ way of accepting and assisting Katrina evacuees. The name is influenced by two separate kitchens: the fish for sushi and the knife for the hot kitchen.

The menu adopts influences from Japan, China and New Orleans French Creole and is the brainchild of executive chef, Bob Iacovone, a former Iron Chef participant. Menu selections can be as varied from a Flaming Volcano Roll to Asian BBQ Ribs, Sweet Soy Glazed Beef Short Rib, Chicken and Andouille Pot Pie, Grilled Lamb T-Bone, Grilled Salmon with Shrimp and Brie Orzo and Yaki Udon.

The inviting interior of Fish & The Knife is exceptionally gorgeous. From the time of the purchase of the lot and the build out, Zheng wanted to make the space exquisite and insisted on only having one of a kind, custom details.

The stone work that occupies the entrance and the bar area was shipped in from Germany and Italy in full slabs that weighed 4 tons total. Four crafters hand-cracked each slab and installed each crafted piece. This took almost a year to accomplish. Every piece of furniture is custom made as are all of the lighting fixtures throughout the restaurant. Antique glass adorns the restrooms within each private stall. A large flat screen is placed in the men’s room so that they may never miss the score. Two TVs are in the bar which makes it a great space to watch all the games, especially with the “Happy Hour” Menu from 3-6 p.m., 7 days a week.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday the lounge area converts to a club setting starting at 11 p.m. The “Red Doors” close the restaurant side off with state of the art sound proofing to allow dining guest to continue to enjoy their experience the late night crowd enjoys the lounge. The lounge is also a beautiful, open space with a clear ceiling and a 20 foot long fire place perfect for private parties, and charity happy hours.

For more information, go to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fishandtheknifehouston or call 713-667-0220. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.