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Popular restaurant group reveals new concept catering to downtown office crowd

Popular restaurant group reveals new concept aimed at downtown crowd

Adair Concepts Wells Fargo Plaza rendering
A rendering shows the new Adair Concepts restaurant downtown. Courtesy of CBRE Group, Inc.

A prominent Houston restaurant group is bringing a new concept to downtown's central business district. 

Adair Concepts, the company behind Adair Kitchen, Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors, and Bebidas, will open a new restaurant in the Wells Fargo Plaza office building, local real estate firm CBRE Group, Inc. announced. Slated to arrive in the fall of 2019, the new restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, and happy hour-style bites to downtown office workers who will be able to access the restaurant from either the street level or the tunnel system. Local architecture firm Gensler will collaborate with McGarr Design & Interiors on the design of the approximately 4,600 square foot space.   

“This is a significant addition to Wells Fargo Plaza and unique to the Central Business District. Our driving goal behind the addition of this amenity was to provide our tenants and others nearby with a place to meet clients over a coffee, lunch or a cocktail. We want this to be the number one downtown destination to meet a client or celebrate everything, from a promotion to the closing of a major transaction," CBRE senior vice president Marilyn Guion said in a statement. "The Adair family has a highly established reputation in Houston and will be the perfect fit for this location.”

Adair Concepts owners Katie Adair Barnhart and her brother Nick Adair have grown their company over the last six years. Adair Kitchen serves an eclectic menu of sandwiches and salads in Tanglewood, while Eloise Nichols represented a step up in both design and food. Bebidas, their newest concept, has become a popular all day cafe in River Oaks. They recently assumed control of f Skeeters Mesquite Grill and Los Tios Mexican Restaurants from their father Gary Adair’s company Adair Family Restaurants. 

“The downtown food scene has expanded dramatically in the past few years as diners are looking for healthy fare and a good-looking place to enjoy it,"  said Adair Concepts co-owner Katie Adair Barnhart in a statement. "We couldn’t be more excited to bring our food and aesthetic to Wells Fargo Plaza.”

Downtown's dining scene is changing rapidly. The addition of new food halls such as Finn Hall and Lyric Market will give diners new options. At the same time, veterans like the Massa's restaurants are having to revamp their operations. The new Adair restaurant should prove a welcome addition to the mix.