Dallas Whiskey Bar and Gastropub Picks First Houston Location

April 7, 2016

Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar is about to break ground on its first Houston location in a fast-growing outer Loop community.
Dallas-based Front Burner Restaurants LP, the holding company of Whiskey Cake, purchased a 2.5-acre tract in Verde Parc in Katy from Parkside NEC Grand Parkway/I-10 Ltd., an affiliate of Houston-based Parkside Capital.

An 8,500-square-foot restaurant is planned, according to a release from Houston-based NewQuest Properties, which represented the tenant in the deal. The restaurant should open in the fall.
In 2013, the HBJ reported that Whiskey Cake was one of the first restaurants to sign a lease at Hughes Landing, a 66-acre mixed-use development situated on the 200-acre Lake Woodlands.
“We decided not to (open in Hughes Landing),” Kaylann Ryan, the restaurant group’s director of real estate, told the Houston Business Journal. “There was a direct competitor that they put right next door.”

The general contractor wasn’t immediately available. Dallas-based Citivarese Morgan Architecture designed the restaurant. Whiskey Cake, a farm-to-table restaurant, will offer 24 craft beers, 100 small batch bourbons, whiskeys and scotch and 30 kinds of wine. It opened its first location in Plano in 2010, and has since opened locations in San Antonio and Oklahoma City.
In 2014, Houston-based Parkside Capital bought 124 acres from Simon Property Group Inc.(NYSE: SPG) at the northeast intersection of Interstate 10 and the Grand Parkway to develop Verde Parc. At the time, Parkside was considering a hotel, conference center, multifamily or a corporate campus for the development.


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