Our Story

Our unique concept was inspired by our owners' butcher shop and restaurants in Israel, named Doris Katzavim by Dori Rebi-Chia, and his admiration for unprecedented fine dining. After a vacation turned into a love affair with Costa Rica in 2010, Dori decide to open his next restaurant in San Jose, the capital city.

Dori Rebi-Chia and Partners Itai Ben Eli, Itamar Levy, join Dori and Sash Kurgan found their next venture in the form of New Orleans in 2013. The city's rich culture and bustling tourism - paired with the French Quarter's appetite for adventure - made it the perfect second location. Shortly after, the trio was on the hunt for a third location, and with strong family and business ties, Houston seemed like a natural fit. The River Oaks post opened in 2017.

With our "teamwork makes the dream work" mentality, we plan to capitalize on our house made specialties and talent within the kitchen and expand operations to bring Houston an eclectic take on our enriched Israeli culture. Guests can expect more freshly baked breads, pastries, cakes, and new concepts aimed to bring an unparalleled dining experience to the Bayou City.

Sof Hospitality was founded in 2021 as we began to expand our restaurant umbrella and capitalize on our individual crafts in the industry. Today, Sof is the proud restaurant group of our three Israeli-inspired concepts: our high end butchery and specialty steakhouse Doris Metropolitan, our one-of-a-kind bakery with unique offerings only found in Houston, Bādolina Bakery & Café, and Hamsa, a modern-Isreali restaurant with an upbeat vibe.

Sof was created by Itai Ben Eli, Itamar Levy and Sash Kurgan out of their desire to share Israeli culture and food with the rest of the world. Sof’s mission is to provide guests with an unparalleled dining experience rooted in unique flavor profiles and techniques from around the world. 

Join us for happy hour Monday through Saturday from 5-7 p.m. House favorites include the kabobs and our famous Doris Burger. Hand-crafted cocktails are offered at $9.




WHO WE ARE

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Itamar Levy

Former Israeli soldier, Itamar Levy was heavily focused on real estate development earlier in his career once he made his way to the United States in 1983. Levy ventured into the hospitality industry when he linked up with his current partners and opened Doris Metropolitan in Costa Rica ten years ago. Levy serves as the company's chief financial officer and continues to lead the restaurant group in a successful direction as they prepare to expand with new, vibrant concepts.

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Shachar Kurgan

Born and raised just outside of Jerusalem, executive chef and partner, Shachar "Sash" Kurgan began his culinary journey in his early 20s. He explored several different kitchens across the country including the highly acclaimed Tel Aviv restaurant Herbert Samuel. In 2012, Chef Sash joined the Doris Metropolitan family as expansion plans for the restaurant group took off. His first order of business was mastering the beef program. As the mastermind behind all things culinary, Chef Sash continues to incorporate the balance of combining fresh ingredients, new and traditional cooking styles while laying different textures and flavors.

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Itai Ben Eli

Israeli native, Itai Ben Eli first discovered his passion for hospitality upon completing his service in the military. He got his first job at a local restaurant and later went on to manage an acclaimed restaurant group in North Israel and Tel Aviv.Ben Eli is known for pioneering the dry-aging process in his first brick-and-mortar restaurant in Costa Rica, where he opened the first Doris Metropolitan outpost.He manages the operations of Sof Hospitality’s various concepts and oversees everything from the design to the functionality of the kitchen.  Their concepts are known for their unique ambiance — something Ben Eli spends a lot of time perfecting.He’s passionate about the art of entertaining and focuses on everything from the evening’s playlist to the correct music decimal. As a wine and spirits enthusiast, Ben Eli leads the charge when crafting the restaurant's acclaimed beverage programs with the company’s beverage directors.His hands-on approach as a leader sets the tone for the welcoming experience Doris is known for -- a place where guests come for an unparalleled dining experience.  He also oversees the restaurant group’s growth platform with massive plans to expand its portfolio in the coming years.Ben Eli always has his finger on the pulse of the latest trends in the industry.  When he's not at one of his restaurants, you can find him exploring other culinary capitals of the world.