Tim Loves come to Houston

Celebrated Fort Worth chef plans to open restaurant in renovated Upper Kirby park

Celebrated Fort Worth chef opening restaurant in Upper Kirby park

Fort Worth chef Tim Love
Fort Worth chef Tim Love is coming to Levy Park. Photo courtesy of Tim Love

One of the Dallas-Fort Worth-area's most acclaimed chefs is finally bringing his talents to Houston. Chef Tim Love will open a restaurant called Woodshed in Levy Park, the park announced Tuesday.

Slated to open in mid-2018, Woodshed will feature Love's "signature urban western cuisine" that he showcases at his flagship restaurant Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in the historic stockyards area of Fort Worth. In addition, Love will operate a food kiosk and a double decker bus that's been converted for beverage service at the six-acre park's beer garden that's slated to open later this year. The park will celebrate its grand reopening February 25. 

"The Levy Park Conservancy is ecstatic to have a chef of the caliber of Tim Love be a part of the reinvention of Levy Park,” said park director Doug Overman in a statement. “Tim’s restaurant will be a huge draw for Houstonians as well as our out-of-town visitors. We envision Levy Park as a great neighborhood park, but also a destination for the people of Greater Houston and beyond. The Woodshed and Tim’s team will bring something very special to the park and to our vision of a relaxed, social, and inspirational environment for all people.”

Love also expressed enthusiasm about opening in the same part of Houston that's home to the new local of Indian fine dining restaurant Kiran's and will also be home to New Orleans chef John Besh's Eunice

"Houston is such a dynamic city with great restaurants and culture, and I'm thrilled to partner with Levy Park as we create a fun, vibrant food and beverage experience for the neighborhood,” Love said. “The renovation of the park marks an exciting time of growth for Houston, and I look forward to serving the community and celebrating this special city with my fellow Texans."

Levy Park isn't the only Houston green space that will be getting a restaurant. Chef Jamie Zelko will open a restaurant called Ivy & James at Evelyn's Park in Bellaire later this year.