Robert Del Grande, Houston’s First-Ever James Beard Award Winner, Set to Retire
It’s the end of an era at The Annie – and in Houston – as pioneering chef Robert Del Grande quits his daily restaurant duties and goes into semi-retirement.
Del Grande will remain on staff (and on the payroll) as Chef Emeritus of Berg Hospitality. Benjamin Berg’s ever-expanding Houston restaurant group bought RDG + Cafe Annie in 2019, making Del Grande a partner, and turning it into The Annie Cafe & Bar. A year later, just as pandemic shutdowns hit, they opened the clubby, the super-upscale Turner’s in a cozy ground-floor space.