David Buehrer and his powerhouse group started small with Greenway Coffee & Tea in Greenway Plaza, but made a giant evolution when they planted a flag in arguably one of Houston's most coveted restaurant concentrations at Montrose and Westheimer. Partnering with Clumsy Butcher Group (Underbelly / Haymerchant), Blacksmith opened in the small building that formerly housed the infamous Mary's Bar which was a legendary staple hang out in the LGBT Houston scene since way back in the day.
The evolution continues as David's now spreading his footprint north to the N. Main area of the Heights launching Morningstar. Renderings for the space were announced and we've been patiently waiting to see the progress of the new space, which is literally next door to the newly christened Foreign Correspondents Thai restaurant.
Morningstar will bring the consistent coffee that David and Greenway have built their reputation on, but this concept adds an in house bakery to complement with kolaches and donuts. Expect a full breakfast and lunch menu served all day, with creative development by Priscilla Nguyen, who can be found in the kitchen at Blacksmith as well. Alongside full breakfast and lunch, David has teamed up with his bakery mentor Sam Phan, of Donald Donuts, to bring his jedi level baking skills for an exciting take on donuts and kolaches. These pastries will be inspired by Houston's food community and the seasonal produce surrounding the Heights.
Jim Herd of Collaborative Projects (Underbelly, Bernie's Burger Bus) has teamed up with legendary architect John Zemanek, a tenured professor at the University of Houston School of Architecture, on the design. John's interiors join the open air vibe of tea houses alongside modern lines and natural elements.
Stay tuned for more announcements on the actual opening date.