Restaurant Development & Design

WINTER 2014

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W I N T E R 2 0 1 4 • R E S T A U R A N T D E V E L O P M E N T + D E S I G N • 5 3 COPPA OSTERIA Casual Houston Hot Spot Touts Sleek Décor, Unique Features PROJECT PROFILE BY DANA TANYERI, Managing Editor W hen multi-concept operator Clark Cooper Concepts decided to open an offshoot of its successful Coppa Ristorante Italiano, its principals had a clear vision of what they wanted to do. Finding the right place in which to do it, however, presented their initial challenge. Ultimately, Houston's Rice Village stood out as the perfect spot for what partners Grant Cooper and Charles Clark envisioned for Ristorante's more casual sister concept, Coppa Osteria. Located near the west end of the prestigious Rice University campus, it's one of the few true pedestrian areas in Houston, "where people are actually out walking from store to store, hitting a coffee shop here or a restaurant there. It has great demograph- ics — young professionals and families — great retail and a great neighborhood vibe," says Cooper. The stars aligned when The Hanover Company, a Houston- based developer of luxury residential properties, approached Clark Cooper about anchoring its new Hanover Rice Village, a mixed-use development with four foors of luxury apartments above an eclectic commercial mix. It includes a valet station and has a parking garage

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