On this week's episode of "What's Eric Eating," Philipp Sitter, president of the King's Group, joins CultureMap food editor to discuss his company's three restaurants: King's Biergarten, King's BierHaus, and EggHaus Gourmet. Sitter tells the story of how he and his father Hans, an Austrian immigrant with a love for bratwurst, transformed a Pearland carwash into a successful restaurant group.
Although he's only 27, Sitter has become a partner in the family business, continuing a tradition of four generations who have operated restaurants. Next up, King's will open its first franchised location in League City. Sandler asks Sitter why they opted for that model rather than owning the restaurant outright.
"My dad has a legacy he wants to leave, and I'm super-proud to be part of that legacy," Sitter says. "That legacy is he wants to be one of the first German-Austrian restaurants that has the capability to go nationwide. Franchising gives us the opportunity to do that, with my dad being 66 years old."
Sitter also shares some insights into the evolution of EggHaus and what the future might hold for the breakfast concept. He also discusses what it's like to work with his father, who remains the face of the King's brand.
Prior to the interview, co-host Matt Harris and Sandler discuss the news of the week. Their topics include: Common Bond's new location near the Medical Center; chef Brandi Key's new role as the operating partner for Claire Smith's restaurants Alice Blue, Canopy, and Woodbar; Bernie's Burger Bus' new location in Missouri City; and Cafe Bustelo's pop-up in Montrose. In the restaurants of the week segment, they share some thoughts on meals at the newly opened Perry's Steakhouse in River Oaks and Katsu Bar and Noodle in Cypress.