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Best dining suburb? River Oaks hotspot joins Restaurant Row in The Woodlands

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The Woodlands Hughes Landing Restaurant Row
Hughes Landing in The Woodlands will contain a 12-unit Restaurant Row.  Courtesy rendering
Local Pour bar in neartown River Oaks
River Oaks hotspot Local Pour will join Escalante's in Hughes Landing. Foursquare.com
Local Pour in River Oaks, beer, March 2013
Local Pour specializes in craft beer and utilizes a seasonal menu. Local Pour/Facebook
The Woodlands Hughes Landing Restaurant Row
Local Pour bar in neartown River Oaks
Local Pour in River Oaks, beer, March 2013

Local Pour, the craft beer/wine/cocktail-driven bar and restaurant that's become a River Oaks hotspot in the year since it opened, will expand to The Woodlands late this year. The new location will be part of the 12 unit Restaurant Row at Hughes Landing, a 66-acre development that will include multiple office buildings and a new Whole Foods. 

A new location of Dallas-based Tex-Mex chain Escalante's has already been announced for Restaurant Row; it is also scheduled to open by the end of the year. 

 With growth driven by the area's status as an emerging Energy Corridor, The Woodlands is poised to become Houston's best dining suburb.  

“Restaurant Row will be a major attraction for the employees, residents and visitors to Hughes Landing on Lake Woodlands,” said Paul Layne, executive vice president of master planned communities for The Howard Hughes Corporation in a statement. “Having a variety of lakeside dining options available within walking distance to office buildings, residences, shopping and entertainment distinguishes Hughes Landing from the competition."

Local Pour owner HUSA Management, Inc. has been in expansion mode over the last year. In addition to Local Pour, the company has launched City Oven in the Heights, a second location of D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe in Katy and a sixth location of Baker Street Pub in Cypress. 

"Based on the success of its first location (of Local Pour) in River Oaks and the current development in The Woodlands area, we believe that this area will become one of the top growth markets in the southwest not just for restaurants, but all segments of the economy," said HUSA director of marketing Heather Suggitt. "Our scratch kitchen and focus on providing the consumer with Texas options for beer, wine and spirits will cater to the current consumer trends in restaurant growth.”

With growth driven by the area's status as an emerging Energy Corridor, The Woodlands is poised to become Houston's best dining suburb. Which other Houston restaurants should be looking to expand north? Sound off in the comments. 

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