IT’S TIME TO PUT THE TIKI IN YOUR DRINKY!
CHEF & OWNER, MARTIN STAYER, OF NOBIE’S HOUSTON RESTAURANT IS BRINGING HOUSTON A NEW TROPICAL TWIST. THE TOASTED COCONUT, A TIKI INSPIRED RESTAURANT WILL BE OPENING VERY SOON. SARA TROXELL, NAMED BAR TENDER OF THE YEAR FOR 2019, WILL AMAZE YOU WITH HER INNOVATIVE COCKTAILS. YOU WILL FIND CLASSIC TIKI DRINKS AND MANY NEW CREATIONS USING TROPICAL FRUITS AND LIGHTER SPIRITS.
COME ENJOY A TROPICAL BEACH VACATION IN MONTROSE. TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF AND PUT YOUR FEET IN THE SAND, LISTEN TO SOME ISLAND ROCK, SIT BACK AND RELAX.
1617 RICHMOND AVE
WHEN YOU STEP INTO THE TOASTED COCONUT—the new tiki bar from Nobie’s owners Martin and Sara Stayer, set to open this summer at the former Maria Selma location on Richmond—order Sarah Troxell’s The Lost Word.
The drink is made with fresh-sugar-cane-derived rhum agricole, passion fruit liqueur, green chartreuse, and lime juice; served in a coupe glass; and garnished with a lime wedge, maraschino cherry, and paper umbrella. It carries a tart punch, earthy, grassy notes, and a subtle sweetness. Nothing overpowers.
“We’re looking to bring different spirits to the party,” says Troxell, who will most certainly rock one of her many Hawaiian shirts while mixing up cocktails. “A lot of tiki cocktails obviously focus on rum and sugar-cane spirits, which I love. But bringing things like tequila and mezcal and gin and whiskey and brandy and your off-the-beaten-path spirits to a tropical, beachy environment is definitely something we’re excited to do.”
Is it getting toasty in here, or is it just us? Answer: it definitely is, thanks to chef Martin Stayer and sommelier Sara Stayer and bar manager Sarah Troxell, the masterminds behind Nobie’s.
It’s a tiki takeover at the formerTexas Shrimp Shack space, with tropical dishes galore, especially dumplings, skewers and other top-notch shareables. Martin Stayer says if it touches the 20th parallel, he’ll work it into the kitchen. The Indonesian “queso” is really roti in a sweet curry sauce, and the Crispy Rice Salad is taken out of the Vietnamese handbook.
As for the drinks — prepare for some mind-numbing, rum-heavy classics like the Painkiller, Mai Tai, Zombie and Planter’s Punch — alongside some Troxell signatures, featuring everything from blended scotch to rhum Agricole from the Caribbean.
Nobie's Restaurant owners chef Martin Stayer and his wife, Sara Stayer, are set to debut The Toasted Coconut, a tiki bar at 1617 Richmond Avenue, in the space that once housed Maria Selma. Tiki bars have seen a resurgence in recent years, including around Houston, but this one promises to be the first with chef-driven food on the menu, too. "It's going to be fun playing with the bright flavors of the Caribbean and Southeast Asia," chef Martin Stayer said in a prepared statement. "I am very excited to provide a great place to hang out regardless of whether you are drinking, eating or both. Let's get toasted, Houston." Expect a late summer debut and a fun design that promises to be reminiscent of a beach bar, but set in Montrose.
The team behind Nobie’s — chef Martin Stayer, sommelier Sara Stayer, and bar manager Sarah Troxell — will celebrate their love of all things tiki at this Montrose restaurant that replaces Maria Selma’s/Texas Shrimp Shack. The food menu features dishes inspired by countries within 20 degrees of the equator with a focus on shareable items like skewers and dumplings. Cocktails will both pay homage to classics like the Zombie and the Painkiller and offer alternatives that don't rely on rum and sweet juices.
If the recent presence of Peter Jahnke (Tongue-cut Sparrow) behind the bar at Nobie’s is any indication of future staff, the Stayers will launch the concept with a talented, veteran crew. Send positive thoughts for a mid-to-late-July opening.
Bartender of the Year: Sarah Troxell, Nobie’s
Once upon a time, Troxell cooked on the Eatsie Boys food truck, but stints at Coltivare and Nobie’s have firmly established her as one of the city’s top bartending talents. Her daily libations at Nobie’s always featuring intriguing combinations, and her skills behind the bar propelled her to a win in the regional finals of the prestigious Speed Rack bartending competition.
Sarah Troxell, Nobie's
Three years of practice and training finally paid off for Troxell when she won the South Central finals of the Speed Rack bartending competition to advance to the national finals in Chicago. Win or lose, Troxell is poised for a busy 2019. Later this summer, her affection for all things tiki will reach full bloom when she assumes control of The Toasted Coconut, the new bar and restaurant from Nobie’s owners Sara and Martin Stayer. If the turnout for a recent preview pop-up of tiki drinks and bites is any indication of the excitement surrounding the project, Houstonians can’t wait for Troxell to put her spin on boozy, rum-based drinks.
Montrose’s Best New Restaurants. January 19
This spring, a tropical breeze is set to roll through Montrose. Nobie’s chef Martin Stayer will be showing off his take on the tiki theme. The Toasted Coconut, a tiki restaurant and bar, will set up shop at 1617 Richmond Avenue.
Get ready to sip on hurricanes on a sunny 1,500-square-foot patio.
Teaming up with Nobie’s master mixologist Sarah Troxell, Stayer’s new spot is all about the island life, with nods to Southeast Asia and the Caribbean.
The team behind Nobie's — chef-owner Martin Stayer, sommelier and general manager Sara Stayer (Martin's wife), and bar director Sarah Troxell — will open a second restaurant in the spring. Dubbed The Toasted Coconut, the new concept will be a tiki-inspired bar and restaurant in the former Maria Selma's/Texas Shrimp Shack space at 1617 Richmond Ave. “It’s going to be fun playing with the bright flavors of the Caribbean and Southeast Asia"
Nobie’s to Open Tiki-Inspired Restaurant, Bar. December 18
Now, Martin Strayer, Sara Strayer, and Sarah Troxell of Nobie’s are opening their own tiki concept. The Toasted Coconut is anticipated to open at 1617 Richmond Ave. in spring 2019, per a release.