Whats Eric Eating
What's Eric Eating Episode 92

Beer and breakfast fit for a king, plus Houston's new Japanese spot

Beer and breakfast fit for a king, plus Houston's new Japanese spot

King's Biergarten BierHaus Hans Sitter Philipp Sitter
Philipp sitter, left, with his father Hans.  Courtesy photo
King's BierHaus
King's BierHaus has exceeded Sitter's expectations. Photo by Jeremy Niederheiser
EggHaus breakfast sandwiches
Sitter sees opportunities to grow EggHaus Gourment. Photo by Fajar Hassan
Brandi Key head shot
The host discuss chef Brandi Key's new role as operating partner for Claire Smith's restaurants. Courtesy photo
Perry's Steakhouse entrees
Perry's Steakhouse is one of two restaurants of the week. Perry's Steakhouse & Grille/ Facebook
King's Biergarten BierHaus Hans Sitter Philipp Sitter
King's BierHaus
EggHaus breakfast sandwiches
Brandi Key head shot
Perry's Steakhouse entrees

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. 

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