Treebeards expands

Wildly popular downtown Creole restaurant sprouts up in Memorial

Wildly popular downtown Creole restaurant sprouts up in Memorial

Treebeard's red beans and rice
Treebeards is coming to Memorial. Courtesy photo

Every workday, thousands of downtown office workers line up for red beans and rice and shrimp etoufee at Treebeards. The 40-year old restaurant has five locations, but they're a unique phenomenon among Houston restaurants — all of them are both located downtown and only open for lunch.

That's going to change this summer. For the first time, the restaurant will add a new location in Memorial. Best of all, it will be open daily for lunch and dinner. 

Treebeards co-owner Charles L. Stinneford tells CultureMap that the company will join Masraff's and Texadelphia at Moody National's new mixed-use development on I-10 just east of Bunker Hill Road. Located in the rear of the development facing Gaylord Street, the approximately 5,800-square-foot restaurant will seat about 140 people when it opens this summer.

"The goal was to combine the best sections of our two floors on Market Square in a somewhat smaller space," Stinneford writes in an email. "Thus, the space will contain a bar and patio."

Of course, the menu will include all of diners' favorite Treebeards classics, but the addition of dinner will bring new entrees and appetizers. That all sounds exciting — as long as the diner-style yellow cake with chocolate frosting remains unchanged, everything will be just fine.