Although Springbok, the new downtown restaurant and bar from Peter Walker and Chef Seth Greenburg opened softly last month for World Cup watching parties, the restaurant announced today that it would begin serving lunch, dinner, and cocktails beginning Monday, July 21. Housed in a historic building a stone's throw from Flying Saucer and The Capitol, Springbok will give guests an experience that mingles South African cuisine with a classical training twist in a setting full of eclectic design features and an open flow plan highlighted with earthy textures and colors.
Chef Greenburg's menu pays respect to Walker's native South Africa by introducing diners to Chicken Peri Peri, with oil poached fingerlings and train smash, Lamb Sausage, with farm egg, harissa butter and fries, Oxtail, with red curry, glazed carrots and Yorkshire pudding, and Bunny Chow, a lamb curry with mango chutney and bread bowl. Although heavily influenced by Greenburg's prior experience at establishments like L'Orangerie in Los Angeles and Cuisine Francais in Chicago, these dishes stand on their own as new iterations of familiar favorites.
Décor in this new venue, which shares a name with both the national rugby team and South African antelope, is focused on creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Five 80-inch flat screen TVs will stream all American and international sporting events in a space that surrounds guests with displays of male Springboks, Elands, and Wildebeest. Rugby jerseys from around the world round out the sports-bar vibe. If game watching becomes too intense, patrons can escape to the shaded patio overlooking Main Street to get fresh air and renew their team spirit.
Guests are encouraged to linger around the pool table or relax in the soft leather and plush seating in the restaurant's upstairs lounge which has ben dubbed "The Texas Lodge" due to its rustic charm. An outdoor terrace provides additional excuses to while the night away with good friends, food, and Texas beer. The lounge also features its own bar, which makes the space well suited for hosting private events.
Speaking of the bar, Springbok's program is led by Michael Mclemore, previously of Hearsay Gasto Pub. A menu of craft cocktails pays homage to South African favorites like the Shandy, a blend of beer, lemonade, and bitters, in addition to a Passion Fruit Pimm's Cup, Curry-infused Caipirinhas, and Thai Basil Whiskey Sours.
Walker opened the first Springbok Pub and Grill in Los Angeles in 2003 and had been looking for the right fit to expand and elevate his menu offerings. A chance meeting with Houstonian Andrew Segal, CEO of Boxer Property, in Los Angeles, secured a positive impression of Houston and spurred Walker's expansion to the Lone Star State.
Springbok is located at 711 Main Street. The restaurant will be open daily from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. For more information, please call 832.767.5574.