The owners of CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler's top restaurant for 2015 are bringing another new restaurant to Houston. Charles Bishop and Lyle Bento, owner-operators of Southern Goods, plan to open 60 Pioneers by late summer or early fall of 2016. "60 Pioneers will continue the hospitality driven culture of Southern Goods while paying closer attention to Texas and Texan tradition," the duo announced in a press release.
The new "casual and comfortable" restaurant, named for the settlers who founded the Republic of Texas, will be located in the Heights at the site of the former Java Java Cafe at 11th street and Herkimer, a half block from the Heights Bicycle Trail. “The feeling we want to create at 60 Pioneers is one of family friendly casual comfort," Bishop said. "We want our guests to feel like they are getting away to a party in the country.”
Bishop and Bento plan to to offer "Southern pub fare with heavy Texas influence," with an emphasis on local ingredients, bold flavors and sharable items. The rotating menu will offer around 25 items, Bento said.
The restaurant will also offer a large selection of alcoholic beverages, including 12 signature cocktails from each of the main spirits, 20 taps of beer and a curated list of Texas wines.
There are also plans for two spacious patios, totaling 4,000 square feet, including a front adults only open space in the front and a family and dog-friendly patio in the back.