Wild Oats and Underbelly Burger are coming to Spring Branch


Belly hospitality is planning second locations for two of its restaurants. wild oatswhich serves modern, casual Texas cuisine Burger under the belly — both currently at Houston Farmers Market — are planned for new locations at 1222 Witte in the spring branch. Both are expected to open in mid-2023.

Chris Davis is currently the chef of Wild Oats. Chief nick well, who developed the concept and oversaw the opening in February, left his day-to-day role as culinary director at the end of October, but remains a partner and still oversees the menu. However, Davies is planned as leader for the next italian red sauce restaurant Pastoracross from Georgia James Steakhouse at Regent Square development at 1203 Dunlavy. A permanent chef for Wild Oats has yet to be announced.

Underbelly Burger and Fries
The Sidewinder burger and fries served at Houston Farmers Market’s Underbelly Burger. Photo by Taylor Hall.

While Underbelly Burgers specializes in well-crafted burgers made with 44 Farms or RC Ranch beef, Wild Oats leans towards the upscale casual, serving dishes such as Wagyu Chicken Fried Steak, Medina County Tartar Steak and texas pepper.

The buildings that will house Wild Oats and Underbelly Burger are designed by Norton Creative, whose former clients include Drift Bar, Leibman’s and Buffalo Wild Wings. Both restaurants will be brand new constructions on land that once housed an auto repair shop. Including the private dining room and patio, the space will be 4,563 square feet and can accommodate up to 184 guests. As is the case with the original Wild Oats, a Texas-nostalgia theme will inform the decor.

Sunday Brunch at Wild Oats
Tables packed during Sunday brunch at Wild Oats. Photo by Abbie Arnold.

As is the case at the Houston Farmers Market, Underbelly Burger will be next door in a more modest space, spanning just 1,310 square feet and seating up to 12 people. However, an adjacent patio and courtyard can accommodate an additional 42 and 56 people respectively. Much like the original, Underbelly Burger in Spring Branch will have a walk-in window for take-out orders — convenient for neighbors and those who enjoy the new hiking and biking trail.

“Wild Oats and Underbelly Burger are our most family-friendly concepts, and it was very natural to want to introduce these brands to the Spring Branch community,” said Nina Quincy, COO of Underbelly Hospitality via a press release. “The second Wild Oats and Underbelly Burger locations will be elevated and expanded spaces from their predecessors, showcasing the flavors and techniques both are known for.”


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