The latest Austin-based chain coming to Houston is packing a healthy Euro fast-food option. Verts is a casual dining spot offering the hugely popular German sandwich döner kebap, which is essentially a panino packed with roasted meat, veggies and yogurt-based sauces. Each sandwich is under 550 calories, making it sort of like a low-cal gyro.
The idea to launch this chain in Texas came from company owners Michael Heyne and Dominik Stein, who moved to this state to pursue MBAs at the University of Texas at Austin and were surprised that the European street food wasn't readily available. Seeking to fill the gap in the dining scene, the duo founded Verts in 2011, and just recently signed six leases in Houston. The first location is opening in the Heights (see map at top right) Wednesday, April 9, followed by a grand opening event on Saturday, April 12. Heyne and Stein will also open open five more locations in town this spring and late summer, including outposts in River Oaks, Cypress, Spring, Vintage Park and on Westheimer. "We are very excited to introduce the authentic döner kebap to Houstonians," co-owner Heyne said in a statement. "We chose the Heights neighborhood for our first location outside of Austin because of the area's unique culture and personality. We feel Heights residents will be very open to trying a new type of food."
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Verts in Cedar Park [Photo: Facebook]