By any measure, dining in the Clear Lake area is on the upswing. Whether it's the new-ish additions at Baybrook Mall like Perry's Steakhouse and Whiskey Cake or the opening of upscale barbecue joint Pappas Delta Blues Smokehouse, dining south of the Sam Houston Tollroad has never been better.
It comes as no surprise that rapidly expanding restaurants from out of town see opportunity in the area. Local real estate developer Baker Katz announced that it has signed four new tenants to its 820 Bay Area Boulevard project in Webster: Snooze: an AM Eatery, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Mod Pizza, and Main Squeeze Juice.
“This has been a tremendous project for our team from start to finish,” said Baker Katz principal Jason Baker. “Our decision initially to purchase this property stemmed from the limited supply of quality retail product in the area, and we knew we could create a unique setting to attract leading restaurant concepts who could utilize the amenities these two buildings provide: prominent glass throughout the buildings, large wrap around patios, and visibility to Bay Area Boulevard.”
Snooze, the Denver-based brunch concept known for its retro-style and cheerful employees, signed a 10-year lease on a 3,700-square-foot space. The location will be at least the fifth in the Houston-area, joining outposts in Montrose, Katy, Town & Country, and The Heights. A potential sixth location has been rumored for the Galleria-area.
Austin-based burger joint Hopdoddy also signed a 10-year lease on a 4,000-square-foot space. Known for its organic, hormone-free meat, freshly baked buns, and long lines, the new location will be the sixth in the Houston area, joining existing outposts in River Oaks District, Vintage Park, and Rice Village. The company has announced plans to open in CityCentre and at the Heights Waterworks development.
Main Squeeze Juice, a Louisiana-based juice and smoothie bar, has plans to open at least three Houston-area locations. Its outpost in this development (five-year lease, 1,340 square feet) will be joined by locations in Cypress and Humble, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Mod Pizza has dozens of locations across the Houston area. The growing restaurant offers diners the option to select from a wide array of toppings and have their pizza baked in front of them; it will occupy 2,800 square feet on a 10-year term.