A Katy development that’s already known for its culinary prowess will become even more of a food lovers draw. Katy Grand, an over 20-acre development that’s home to PopStroke and a 19-screen Cinemark movie theater, will add five new restaurants over the next few months.
They’ll join a number of destination-worthy tenants including hot pot restaurant HaiDiLao, dim sum favorite Tim Ho Wan, Taiwanese concept 85°C Bakery Cafe, and Japanese bookstore Kinokuniya. The larger development also includes comfort food restaurant Whiskey Cake, Tex-Mex restaurant Gloria’s, and Walk-Ons, a Louisiana-based sports bar that counts former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees as one of its owners.
“Katy Grand is literally a melting pot of international brands. It’s always busy,” NewQuest Properties vice president Rebecca Le said in a statement. “Houston’s foodie groups are always talking about our great concepts and soon there will be more.”
Of the five newcomers, Uncle Tetsu is the most well known. Known for its fluffy texture that jiggles when held, the the Japan-based bakery has 11 locations in California (a New York location closed last year). Katy Grand will be its first Texas outpost.
“We chose this location because it is a part of one of the newest, largest, and most exciting Asian-inspired shopping centers in Texas,”; Laura Lund, senior regional real estate manager for Panda Restaurant Group, an Uncle Tetsu franchisee, said.
“Once Uncle Tetsu committed to coming to Texas, they knew pretty quickly that Katy Grand should be the first location in Houston,” Le added. “They saw the brands we have and how well everyone was doing.”
Wushiland Boba comes to Houston via Taiwan and California, where it has five locations. Known for drinks such as the Boba Milk Tea, Ice Cream Milk Tea, and Red Bean Black Tea Latte, it’s expected to open in early summer.
Created by Houstonian restaurateurs Mike and Marit Gabriel, Patis & Toyo will serve Filipino staples such as lumpia, sinigang, adobo, and lechon. They’ll be paired with wine, beer, or cocktails.
Vegas-based restaurant 8 oz. Korean Steakhouse & Bar is known for its use of luxury ingredients such as wagyu beef, lobster, and Nigerian king prawns. Houston will be its second location.
Fat Boy’s opened its first Houston-area location in Richmond in January. The restaurant serves massive, 30-inch pizzas in a family-friendly environment that includes a small arcade. Adults will enjoy its selection of frozen daiquiris.