Houston may be in the middle of a barbecue boom, but the growth hasn't reached every corner of the city. In northwest Houston, diners line up for Brooks' Place BBQ, which earned a spot on Texas Monthly's coveted top 50 list, but choices after that are slim.
Thankfully, a new option is coming that should help satisfy barbecue cravings in the Champions area and beyond.
The Brisket House will open its third location on Cypress Creek Parkway in 2016, owner Wayne Kammerl tells CultureMap. Work is already underway to transform the former Fuddruckers into a barbecue joint, and Kammerl has targeted a March 1 opening date.
At almost 11,000 square feet, the new location is four times bigger than Kammerl's Galleria-area location on Woodway and three times bigger than his Deer Park outpost.
"I've been looking in the Champions area, been looking in the Energy Corridor: areas that have a lot of catering opportunities," Kammerl says. "This building has been for sale for a couple of years, and when it became available to us it just seemed like a deal we couldn’t pass on."
While the barbecue will be prepared using two of the same kind of Southern Pride smokers Kammerl employs at Woodway, he also anticipates expanding the menu with chicken fried steak, fried catfish and a few other Texas classics.
"It's got such a massive kitchen it would be a shame not to add a few dishes," he says. He's also applied for a beer and wine license for both the new location and the original.
Patrons of the Woodway location are familiar with the restaurant's cramped parking, but that won't be a concern up north. With 184 spaces, Kammerl thinks he might even have enough room to stage outdoor concerts.
"It's a big place, really big," he says.