The Provisioner’s Tale, offering literature-inspired meals for the past year, plans a move within Old Town Spring

Portobello mushroom ravioli ($16) Pasta shells are filled with portobello mushrooms and cheese and topped with marinara sauce.

Portobello mushroom ravioli ($16) Pasta shells are filled with portobello mushrooms and cheese and topped with marinara sauce.

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The Provisioner’s Tale
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Clay Alling said his interest in literature began when he was a child reading books by flashlight underneath his blanket. That love for literature has influenced his restaurant, The Provisioner’s Tale, which pays homage to famous authors who referenced food in their works.

Shelves in the restaurant are lined with an eclectic collection of books, including comics, Stephen King books and geophysics books from the 1980s. Alling said these books are free for patrons to read while eating or to take home to keep.

Alling said his goal is to create a conversation between diners enjoying a meal together.

“There are two things that people talk about most—what you read and what you ate last,” Alling said. “So, why not put it together?”

Alling said he plans to expand the restaurant, which opened in January 2017, to a new location in April.

The restaurant will move to a large venue Alling is opening on Border Street in April, called OTS Border Haus, which will include The Provisioner’s Tale, a bar called Haus Pour, a beer garden and an event space, Alling said.

The larger kitchen and upgraded appliances will allow him to expand the menu and add about 30 new items, some of which will be specials only available after 10 p.m. or on the weekends. Although the menu is expanding, the literature references it consists of will remain, including its popular Kate Chopin chicken pasta, named after the 19th century author.

The Provisioner’s Tale currently seats 32 people, but the new venue will include 240 seats in total.

Alling said the new venue will also allow The Provisioner’s Tale to stay open later than is currently possible.

“I listened to people, all my customers, and what do they want?” Alling said. “They want somewhere to go after [The Provisioner’s Tale] closes.”

The Provisioner’s Tale

317 Gentry St., Ste. D2, Spring
Hours: Tue. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wed. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Thu. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. noon-6 p.m., closed Mondays
By Zac Ezzone
Zac Ezzone began his career as a journalist in northeast Ohio, where he freelanced for a statewide magazine and local newspaper. In April 2017, he moved from Ohio to Texas to join Community Impact Newspaper. He worked as a reporter for the Spring-Klein edition for more than a year before becoming the editor of the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition.


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