A burger joint and a Texas consolation meals restaurant are heading to Spring Department. Underbelly Burger and Wild Oats will open their second places at 1222 Witte Rd. subsequent yr.
Positioned in a former warehouse on the nook of Witte Highway and Westview Highway, actual property developer MLB Capital Companions is remodeling the property right into a eating and leisure vacation spot. The 2 eating places, that are a part of Underbelly Hospitality, might be joined by The Decoy, a patio bar with sand volleyball courts from the house owners of Wakefield Crowbar. MLB Capital Companions principal Todd Mason can also be the proprietor of Underbelly Hospitality.
“We noticed potential early on to reinvigorate this website as a neighborhood way of life vacation spot within the fast-growing Memorial space,” MLB accomplice Jeff Lindenberger stated in an announcement. “This location is well-suited to cater to neighborhood gatherings, workday lunches, household outings, and the whole lot in between.”
Wild Oats opened its first location on the Houston Farmers Market in February. Described by accomplice Nick Tremendous as “a love letter to Texas,” the restaurant serves reinterpretations of traditional Texas fare reminiscent of chili, hen fried steak, and wood-grilled hen with King Ranch casserole.
“My thought [for] the menu is for everyone to get it,” Tremendous advised CultureMap in February. “I don’t need everybody to be like ‘whoa, he’s doing all this loopy stuff.’ I simply need the whole lot to be actually good meals but in addition technically actually sound.”
The brand new Wild Oats will seat roughly 180 individuals throughout its essential eating room, non-public eating room, and out of doors patio. Its design might be much like the unique, which nods to Texas’ completely different areas and eras in its historical past.
Though Tremendous just lately left his full-time position as Underbelly Hospitality’s culinary director to spend extra time together with his household, he stays a accomplice in Wild Oats. The corporate plans to rent an government chef to supervise the Spring Department location, based on a launch.
Underbelly Burger might be situated subsequent to Wild Oats, identical to they’re on the Houston Farmers Market. The retro-styled restaurant serves burgers made with Texas beef from 44 Farms and R-C Ranch alongside veggie burgers, hen sandwiches, scorching canines, fries, and shakes. Comparable in design to the primary location, Underbelly Burger will supply seating for 12 inside with out of doors seating on its patio and adjoining greenspace.
The corporate began the burger idea to higher make the most of the meat it purchases for Georgia James, its luxurious steakhouse within the Regent Sq. mixed-use improvement. Whereas a complete cow would possibly solely yield 20-26 ribeyes, it produces 250 kilos of meat that may turn into burger grind, based on a launch. Promoting burgers makes for a extra sustainable, environmentally-friendly use of assets.
“Wild Oats and Underbelly Burger are our most family-friendly ideas, and it felt very pure to wish to introduce these manufacturers to the Spring Department neighborhood,” Underbelly Hospitality director of operations Nina Quincy stated in an announcement. “The second places for Wild Oats and Underbelly Burger might be elevated and expanded areas from their predecessors, that includes the flavors and strategies that each are recognized for.”
The 2 new eating places are the corporate’s first new initiatives because the departure of founding chef Chris Shepherd, who left this summer time to concentrate on the Southern Smoke Basis, a non-profit that gives emergency help to hospitality employees in disaster conditions. Underbelly Hospitality may even open its new Italian idea Pastore subsequent to Georgia James in 2023.