Austin-based restaurant Pluckers Wing Bar will open its first Houston location in the former Maggie Rita's space on Shepherd on Monday, Nov. 25. Already a staple in Texas's beloved capital city, Pluckers had been looking for a Houston location for a long time to satisfy the legions of University of Texas alumni who loved eating there during their bright college days.
CultureMap first reported on Pluckers taking over this Shepherd locale back on June 27.
Co-owner Sean Greenberg now tells CultureMap that "we finally found the right location inside the Loop to present Pluckers." The spot is large enough to accommodate 60 HD TVs, including ones behind the bathroom mirrors, but Greenberg cautions against confusing Pluckers with other wing joints that are sports bars first and restaurants second.
Unlike restaurants where waitresses in skimpy clothes cover up bad food Pluckers understands what to focus on.
"We're really focused on giving people an authentic restaurant experience," Greenberg says. "Everything we serve we make from scratch."
Unlike other restaurants where waitresses in skimpy clothes cover up mediocre food, Greenberg believes Pluckers understands what to focus on. "There's no compromising on ingredients . . . Our food begins and ends with our wings, both bone-in and boneless, and sauces."
Each Pluckers location makes its own breading and hand breads all of the wings. Signature sauce flavors, such as spicy ranch and bakers gold, come from "people in the back (of the restaurant) mixing and matching (existing flavors)," Greenberg notes.
For the past week or so, the restaurant has been holding preview services for Facebook fans. Greenberg says the response has been "a little nutty," with people lining up as early as 4:15 p.m. for a 6 p.m. seating. At least the enthusiasm is helping the staff prepare for the onslaught that will come next week.
Since the movement of Austin restaurants into Houston shows no signs of slowing down, can Tacodeli be next?
Pluckers Wing Bar will opens Nov. 25 at 1400 Shepherd. It's hours will be Sundays through Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to midnight; Thursdays 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.