A New Private Event Space Set to Open in Houston

By Marcy de Luna
July 29, 2014
By Marcy de Luna  |  July 29, 2014
Photo by: The Dunlavy (rendering courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership)

Houston gets a new place to party come summer 2015. Clark Cooper Concepts (the restaurant group behind Ibiza Food & Wine Bar, Brasserie 19, Coppa Ristorante, Coppa Osteria and Punk’s Simple Southern Food) and Buffalo Bayou Partnership (a non-profit whose mission it is to revitalize Buffalo Bayou) have teamed up to develop a private event and dining venue, The Dunlavy.

Located on the banks of Buffalo Bayou at Allen Parkway, the 3,800 square-foot space, with a capacity of 150 seated and 300 standing, will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, an 850-square foot wraparound patio and scenic views of the downtown skyline and Buffalo Bayou Park (currently undergoing a $58 million renovation).

Thanks to an on-site restaurant-grade kitchen, patrons booking The Dunlavy can choose fare from the menus of any the Clark Cooper Concept restaurants, or have the culinary team create custom menus and wine pairings. (Super Bowl 2017 bash, anyone?) What's more, the venue will house Grab and Go, a breakfast and lunch counter open seven days a week. 

Expect more venues to spring up along Buffalo Bayou Park. Coming in summer 2015, The Water Works will include public and private event spaces, including Skyline Terrace (for cocktail receptions for up to 175 people) and the football field-sized Skylawn (large enough for 3,000). As well, Sunset Coffee Building, slotted for this fall, will offer canoe and kayak rentals — and a rooftop terrace perfect for stellar soirees.

Places Mentioned


Spanish • Midtown

Food26 Decor24 Service25 Cost$46
Brasserie 19

French • River Oaks

Food24 Decor24 Service24 Cost$51
Coppa Osteria

Italian • Rice Village

Food23 Decor22 Service21 Cost$35
Punk’s Simple Southern Food

Southern American • Rice Village

Food19 Decor18 Service18 Cost$36
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