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An enduring, Houston-based fast casual restaurant has arrived in The Woodlands. Café Express opened its new location at 3091 College Park Dr.
Created by Café Annie partners chef Robert Del Grande and restaurateur Lonnie Schiller (Schiller is also a CultureMap co-founder) after a trip to Europe, this Café Express location has a look that matches the recently-renovated River Oaks location. Details include European design elements and and a light fixture that spells out "The Woodlands."
“We’re honored to bring our European-inspired café menu to The Woodlands community,” Café Express Sarah McAloon said in a statement. “When we open a Café in a new neighborhood, our goal is to energize that community and create lifelong relationships.”
The new location also serves Café Express’ updated menu that includes additions such as tuna nicoise salad, Romesco chicken, and bavette steak with lemon-herb sauce. They join fan favorites like chicken deli salad, basil pesto chicken, and the signature condiment bar that includes olives and imported breadsticks.
Get a steak at the new Cafe Express. Photo by Michael Anthony
Open for lunch and dinner daily, the restaurant offers online ordering and curbside pickup for speedy to-go orders. Family to-go packs offer entrees such as Mediterranean salmon and chicken pesto alfredo pasta in portions designed to feed four people.
Those who choose to dine-in will find a happy hour menu that’s served from 3-6 pm with drinks and bites priced around $5.
Café Express will celebrate its grand opening this Friday, February 3 with a free sandwich promotion. Available for dine-in only, diners may choose chicken salad, turkey Swiss, BLT, or tuna. Sides are available for an additional cost.
Get a free BLT at Cafe Express on Friday.Photo by Michael Anthony
In addition to its Woodlands location, Cafe Express will debut a new location in Baybrook this summer. Overall, the restaurant plans to open 30 locations statewide by 2030.