Dish Society Six

Farm-to-table neighborhood cafe rolls into new development at old Bellaire bowling alley

Farm-to-table neighborhood cafe sprouts in hot new Houston development

Dish Society table spread
Dish Society is growing again. Photo by Jeff Solomon
Southside Commons exterior rendering
Southside Commons will open next year. Courtesy of Southside Commons
Aaron Lyons Dish Society
Dish Society founder Aaron Lyons. Photo by Dragana Harris
Dish Society table spread
Southside Commons exterior rendering
Aaron Lyons Dish Society

One of the Houston area's fastest growing farm to table restaurants has plans to open a sixth location. Dish Society will open its third Inner Loop outpost at the new Southside Commons mixed-use development, the restaurant announced.

Slated to open next fall, the new Dish Society will occupy 3,600-square-feet and offer seating for 100 inside and 50 on its patio. Like both the Memorial Green and Heights locations, owner Aaron Lyons has retained local designer Gin Braverman of Gin Designs Group to create the interior.

"Southside Commons is very family-friendly yet elevated and cutting edge, which is why I was drawn to this project. Having like-minded neighbors that attract the same type of guests as co-tenants is very important to me,” Lyons said in a statement.

First opened in Tanglewood in 2014, Dish Society currently has locations in Katy, Memorial, The Heights, and in downtown food hall Finn Hall. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant mixes a core menu of comfort food with rotating seasonal specials. It sources approximately 75-percent of its ingredients from Texas. 

“I think there’s a need for what we offer because, outside of Rice Village, there aren’t many options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner," Lyons added. "We send a lot of delivery that way, so there are probably people in the area whose only experience with Dish Society has been out of a paper bag. It will be nice to give them their own dine-in experience.”

Developed by local firm Triple Crown Investments, Southside Commons will transform the former Palace Lanes building at 4191 Bellaire Blvd. The property will feature medical offices, including one affiliated with Methodist Hospital, as well as Palace Social, a new bar and bowling alley that will maintain the property's historic legacy. 

“Houston Methodist carries a reputation for being an outstanding health care organization, and its spacious new location at Southside Commons will provide easier access to some of the best physicians in the city,” John Morton, managing partner of Triple Crown Investments, said in a release. “We are excited to also welcome another hyper-localized concept to our tenant mix. Dish Society has struck a chord with Houstonians at each of their locations, and I have no doubt that Southside Commons will be any different.”