After hinting at a Montrose address for the Eatsie Boys' new brick and mortar cafe, the men behind one of Houston's first gourmet food trucks have officially announced that they will be moving into the former Kraftsmen Baking space at 4100 Montrose. The 10-year old bakery will close that location at the end of March.
Chef Matt Marcus had hinted at the group's plans for the restaurant before, mentioning breakfast, lunch and dinner service, a coffee program and charcuterie, but the E-boys will also have a classic Argentine style yerba mate service in the works, plus a "viennoiserie [pastry] program Houston has never seen."
The estimated opening date is a hopeful late June, and the truck will be running up until then. As for Kraftsmen, the bakery will close its doors on March 31 and continue with its wholesale business and Heights cafe location.
The official announcement from the Eatsie Boys:
The last year and a half has been one heck of a ride. Food trailer -> ice cream truck -> food truck -> cafe. Throw in 8th Wonder Brewery, which is still under construction, and we can assure you we are busy and excited. This next project we have in store reaffirms who we are: food and beverage peeps.
We are pleased to announce that Eatsie Boys cafe will be located at 4100 Montrose where Kraftsmen Baking made a name for themselves. This is bittersweet as the three of us are big fans of Kmen and frequented that location for years. With that being said, we're excited that Eatsie Boys has a permanent home in the culinary crock pot that is Montrose, and we can't wait to share our flavor with Houston. The cafe is set to open Summer 2012.
In the next few months we will be winding down street operations on our truck as we transition into the bricks and sticks; however, our truck is available for catering and private events. Down the line, the plan is to have to the truck parked frequently outside 8th Wonder brewery and visit our old stomping ground, Agora coffee shop.
The counter service cafe will offer some of the classics from the food truck while introducing a fresh lineup of exciting dining options. In addition to gourmet sandwiches and seasonal salads, we will be featuring a top notch coffee program, our critically acclaimed frozen awesome (aka ice cream, gelato, sorbet), craft sodas, yerba mate service (classic Argentine style), and a pastry and viennoiserie program Houston has never seen. The cafe will open in the morning with a full breakfast menu and will remain open for lunch and into the evening for light dinner.
We are here for two reasons: to make people happy and to make amazing food. We will honor the tradition that Kraftsmen infused into that location and impart our own funky, fresh flavor. The future is bright for the Houston culinary scene and we are honored to be apart of the ever changing landscape. Thanks to everyone who has supported us along this ride - we love the people that love our food.
We can't wait to put the mmm in Montrose.
The official statement from Kraftsmen:
Dear Houston and our Loyal Customers,
After 10 fabulous years, Kraftsmen Baking has decided to no longer maintain our cafe space at 4100 Montrose and we will be closing our doors March 31. We would like to thank our loyal customers, the Neartown/Montrose community, and the University of St. Thomas for a decade of patronage and support. We have nothing but fond memories of our time there. We are currently focusing on our rapidly growing wholesale accounts and our Heights cafe at 22nd and Lawrence, and we expect to announce the location of our new second cafe in the next few months.
In addition, Kraftsmen could not be more thrilled that the Eatsie Boys are moving into the space at 4100 Montrose. As huge supporters of the food truck community, we are incredibly excited about their progress and wish them as much success as possible.
Thank you again, Houston. Kraftsmen loves you!