BCK in the Heights

Bosscat Kitchen owners go nostalgic with new concept in the Heights

Bosscat Kitchen owners go nostalgic with new concept in the Heights

Houston, Bosscat Kitchen, exterior, River Oaks
Bosscat Kitchen and Libations will open second concept in the Heights.  Courtesy of zaccurtis/Instagram
Bosscat Kitchen Heights Glass Wall exterior
The windows at Glass Wall have been papered over in preparation for its transformation into BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures. Photo by Eric Sandler
Bosscat Kitchen John Reed, Leslie Nguyen and Vinnie Capizzi
Bosscat owners John "JT" Reed, Leslie "Bosscat" Nguyen, and Vinnie Capizzi are opening BCK in the Heights.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Houston, Bosscat Kitchen new brunch menu, April 2017, Fruity Pebbles French Toast
Bosscat's over-the-top brunch dishes have proven to be popular. Courtesy photo
Bosscat Kitchen Heights permit
A permit in the window at 933 Studewood identifies Bosscat as the new occupant.  Photo by Eric Sandler
Bosscat Kitchen whiskey flights
Bosscat joins other whiskey-obsessed concepts in and near the Heights. Courtesy photo
Houston, Bosscat Kitchen, exterior, River Oaks
Bosscat Kitchen Heights Glass Wall exterior
Bosscat Kitchen John Reed, Leslie Nguyen and Vinnie Capizzi
Houston, Bosscat Kitchen new brunch menu, April 2017, Fruity Pebbles French Toast
Bosscat Kitchen Heights permit
Bosscat Kitchen whiskey flights

One of 2017's hottest new restaurants already has plans to expand. Bosscat Kitchen & Libations will open a second Houston-area concept in the Heights in the space that previously housed Glass Wall, but it won't be a clone of the Galleria-area bar and restaurant.

A City of Houston permit application posted in Glass Wall's window shows Bosscat Kitchen listed as the "occupant" of the space. When it closed after almost 11 years of operations, Glass Wall's owners, Studewood Hospitality Group (Brooklyn Athletic Club, The Del), announced plans to open a new concept in the space, but that hasn't come to fruition. 

Instead, Bosscat Kitchen, the California-based whiskey-obsessed bar and restaurant that's made a splash since it opened in February, will open a new concept called BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures.

Scheduled to open later this fall, the new concept will be a neighborhood restaurant with a menu that offers "nostalgic American fare from the owners’ childhoods," according to a statement released in response to CultureMap's request for comment. 

“We created this idea two years ago when we were still living in Newport Beach, but we never had a venue for it," owner John "J.T." Reed said in the statement. "The Heights is the perfect neighborhood for this type of creativity. It’s going to give us a great canvas to step outside the box."

Moving from the bar-oriented Bosscat Kitchen to more of a restaurant should serve BCK well. The recent bar and restaurant explosion in the Heights has given the neighborhood lots of new options, despite the requirement that some establishments in the area must operate as private clubs.

Eight Row Flint has already earned a reputation as one of Houston's finest whiskey destinations, and recently-opened establishments like Better Luck Tomorrow, Heights Bier Garten, and King's BierHaus all operate along the same bar-with-good-food premise that fuels Bosscat's Galleria-area location.

Bosscat's over-the-top brunch dishes have been a smash hit, and recent changes to lighten up the lunch menu show that owners Reed, along with Leslie "Bosscat" Nguyen and Vincent Capizzi understand how to respond to feedback from diners.

A new concept that serves food inspired by their respective childhoods in the '80s and '90s certainly sounds intriguing. With BCK slated to join Mason Pucha Bistro, a new French concept from former La Table executive chef Manuel Pucha, the Heights should more than maintain its status as Houston's hottest neighborhood for restaurant openings.