whiskey and brunch in the woodlands
Houston's whiskey-obsessed comfort food restaurant's new Woodlands locale serves up brunch, bubbles, and more
An Inner Loop restaurant devoted to whiskey and comfort food has arrived in The Woodlands. Bosscat Kitchen & Libations has opened its second Houston-area location at Market Street in the former Berryhill Baja Grill space (9595 Six Pines Dr. Suite 250).
The 5,000-square foot restaurant seats approximately 130 people inside and on its 800-square-foot patio. The restaurant will be open daily for dinner with lunch served on weekdays and brunch on weekends.
Daily Dose Hospitality CEO John Reed tells CultureMap that Market Street approached Bosscat about coming to the area because it would be a good fit with the development’s existing restaurants, including Tommy Bahama’s, luxury steakhouse Mastro’s Ocean Club, and recently opened wine bar and restaurant Sixty Vines.
“They said, ‘we need a nice, casual environment for a group that wants to have brunch and a bourbon,’” Reed says. “We saw you as the best possible complement for our center.”
Founded in Newport Beach in 2014 by Reed and his partners Leslie Nguyen and Vinnie Capizzi, Bosscat features a menu of over-the-top comfort food paired with an extensive selection of whiskey. The first Houston location, which opened near River Oaks District in 2017, has drawn a devoted following, especially for its weekend brunches.
Whereas that location was the company’s second restaurant, The Woodlands follows two new locations in California. As such, it synthesizes design ideas and demonstrates the benefits of five more years of experience. Specifically, the restaurant’s Whiskey Room has been expanded, and a separate private room features 150 bottles of champagne on the wall.
Taken together, the two rooms have different feels, with the Whiskey Room being a more masculine, rickhouse-inspired design and the Champagne Room being more feminine. The Library provides lockers that regulars can rent to hold their favorite bottles.
“It really is a showpiece the moment you walk in the front door” Reed says about the Whiskey Room. “We’ve expanded on the library. Think Cigar lounge, 1930s.”
For now, both the inner loop and Woodlands locations will serve the same menu, including signature items like shrimp and grits and pork belly poutine as well as decadent brunch dishes such as Fruity Pebbles French toast. As the kitchen settles in, Bosscat has plans to add more entrees with additional steaks, chops, and fish dishes.
Beverage options start with an extensive selection of creative cocktails. Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic sips are also available.
Overall, the new location represents the next evolution of the restaurant. Reed is feeling confident that it will resonate with Woodlands residents and office workers.
“Our fans will see the evolution of our brand,” he says “We’ve tried to keep the character. We call it ‘perfectly imperfect.’ We’re trying to be unique in every location. I think you’ll see the evolution of that and be very impressed.”