bienvenido, los tios
Houston Tex-Mex institution serves up opening date for long-awaited West University location
A Houston Tex-Mex institution debuts in West U. next week. Los Tios will open its sixth Houston-area location on Monday, June 5.
Located in the former Buca di Beppo space in the Plaza in the Park shopping center (5192 Buffalo Speedway), the new Los Tios occupies approximately 6,000-square-feet. It joins sister concept Adair Kitchen and CultureMap Tastemaker Awards Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year winner Craft Pita in the Kroger-anchored shopping center.
Open for more than 50 years, Los Tios is known for signature items like the Original Puffy Queso, Tex-Mex combination plates, and being among the first Houston restaurants to serve frozen margaritas. Its current owner, local hospitality group Adair Concepts, acquired the brand in 2000.
“Our clients in West U. and adjoining neighborhoods like Upper Kirby, Greenway Plaza, and River Oaks have long been asking us to open here, and we’re thrilled to finally be part of this wonderful community,” Adair Concepts co-founder Katie Barnhart said in a statement. “We’re especially eager to reveal the interiors to guests. The design reflects our family’s love of Mexican art and culture and incorporates numerous finds from San Miguel de Allende, a colonial-era city brimming with creativity.”
The new restaurant opens to a 40-seat bar area that features a brick ceiling and wall lanterns. From there, diners enter a 150-seat main dining room that’s lit by a large skylight and decorated by a 14-foot tall tree. Groups will gather in a 60-seat private dining room. Other design details include imported furniture, native plants, and the iron door handles from Los Tios’ first location.
Like the restaurant’s other locations, the West U. restaurant will open for lunch and dinner beginning at 11 am Monday-Saturday and 10 am on Sunday for breakfast and dinner. Lunch specials are served Monday-Friday 11 am - 2 pm with happy hour offered Monday-Friday 3-7 pm.