Last year, chef Chris Shepherd announced that he was working on two restaurants for the Houston Farmers Market, which is recently undergoing a major revamp. Initially, Shepherd only released details on his plans for one of those spots, but now we’ve got some intel on what the second restaurant will look like.
A permit application filed with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission indicates that Shepherd’s Underbelly Hospitality is working on a brand new burger joint for the space at 2520 Airline Drive, Suite B-215. The permit application calls the eatery “UBH Burger Shop,” but it’s possible that’s just a working title. When reached for comment by Eater, a representative for Shepherd declined to provide additional details on the project, but said that the company should be ready to announce more on its plans soon.
Previously, the restaurant had only been described as a fast-casual eatery, but it does make sense that Shepherd would open a burger joint at the location considering that it will sit directly adjacent to the forthcoming butcher shop from Texas wagyu beef supplier R-C Ranch. Shepherd’s Montrose restaurant the Hay Merchant is also known for making a damn fine burger — the Cease and Desist, named for the stern letter he received from lawyers for California chain In-N-Out after putting a burger called the UB Double Double on his menu back in 2013.
The burger spot will sit directly next to Wild Oats, Underbelly Hospitality’s first foray into the Heights that will be led by chef Nick Fine. Fine, who got his start with the group at its namesake eatery Underbelly, plans to serve a menu of dishes that focus on the history and traditions of Texas cuisine. It’s currently projected to open sometime later this year, likely in summer 2021.
Stay tuned for more details on Shepherd’s plans to bring burgers to the Houston Farmers Market as they become available.