What's eric eating 264
Bosscat's boss dishes on his new sushi restaurant-bar, plus Houston's hottest food news
On this week’s episode of “What’s Eric Eating,” Daily Dose Hospitality CEO John Reed joins CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler to discuss his two restaurants, Bosscat Kitchen & Libations and Ten Sushi + Cocktail Bar. Reed and his business partner Leslie Nguyen recently brought Ten Sushi to Houston and have plans to open a Woodlands location of Bosscat in early 2023.
After a quick review of Bosscat’s almost six years in Houston, the conversation turned to Ten, which opened across the street for its sister concept in November. Sandler asks Reed about the purpose of Ten’s broad menu, which includes a diverse array of sushi rolls as well as wok–based dishes with Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai influences.
“I’m more of a masses guy than some of these great chefs in town who are focused on specific people. My mind is, how do I recreate this, how do I grow this? Our menu has been centered around that,” Reed says.
“People love sushi. The Chinese portion, the Korean portion has been about that consumer who goes out with four or five people [and someone says] ‘I don’t eat raw fish.’ We have something for you. That’s what we tried to do was bridge the gap for a party of 4 or 5. Yes, we want to go to sushi but two or three people don’t. We have something for all of you. That’s where we’ve found success.”
After a lengthy discussion of Ten’s menu and design, the conversation turns to bringing Bosscat to the Woodlands. Reed also discusses the company’s future plans for the Dallas/Plano market and an opportunity they’re pursuing in Phoenix.
Prior to the interview, Sandler and co-host Matt Harris discuss the news of the week. Their topics include: Trill Burgers signing a lease for a permanent location; Esquire magazine including Tatemó on its list of America’s best new restaurants; and Houston Restaurant Weeks donating $1.2 million to the Houston Food Bank after its 2022 event.
In the restaurants of the week segment, Harris and Sandler share first impressions of Louie’s Italian American, the new concept that replaced Cafe Louie in the East End. They also discuss Burger Bodega’s successful transition from pop-up to brick and mortar restaurant.