it never closes
Houston's never-'klosing' restaurant's new Galleria location opens with deli faves, full bar, and NYC vibe
One of Houston's favorite 24-hour restaurants "never kloses" starting this week. Katz's began a quiet soft opening last week at its new location (5930 Westheimer Rd.) with a grand opening and 24-hour service as of this Friday, September 23.
To transform the former River Oaks Plant House into a modern restaurant, Katz's owner Barry Katz turned to the the Michael Hsu Office of Architecture (Uchiko, La Lucha, il Bracco, etc). Similar to the Heights location that opened in 2020, the 5,000-square-foot space's design puts diners in a New York state of mind with globe lighting, white subway tiles, and black-and-white framed photographs of New York landmarks.
In a nod to environmental friendliness, the restaurant has an air system that constantly brings in fresh air from the outdoors and draws some of its power from solar cells.
Customers will also notice a large, U-shaped bar near the entrance that's intended to serve as a gathering space in the restaurant. To-go customers will appreciate a drive-thru pickup window designed to expedite online orders. The exterior features a circular neon sign and a mural of the Katz's logo.
While the restaurant may feature some new design elements, the food matches that of the company's three other locations. Although Katz's dropped "deli and bar" from its name a couple of years ago, it still serves classics like a Reuben sandwich, blitzes, and matzo ball soup.
Those looking for a more traditional entree will find options such as pan-seared Australian sea bass, grilled Atlantic salmon, and Yankee pot roast. Of course, breakfast items are available any time, but please resist the urge to order pancakes in the Age of Enlightenment.
Of course, the bar isn't just a place for dining. Katz's offers an extensive beverage selection that includes beer, wine, and a range of cocktails, including different variations on margaritas, martinis, and Bloody Marys. Best of all, the restaurant serves those drinks every hour it is legally allowed to do so.
“The Galleria is an exciting and international part of Houston," Katz said in a statement. "We’re thrilled to be able to bring our unique blend of New York style and Texas hospitality to the area.”