First there was sushi and Latin fusion Japaneiro's, then craft burgers/crepes/beer eatery Guru Burgers & Crepes and finally Jupiter Pizza & Waffle Co. where pizza, waffles and beer are the focus. But owner Robert White isn't stopping there. What else does he have in store next for Sugar Land? A gastropub.
Taking over the space which last housed short-lived sandwich shop Cappriotti's is White's fourth concept, The Ginger Mule Tonics & Meals in Sugar Land Town Square. "We hope to explore and celebrate the culinary and cocktail traditions of mid-century America," White says of his forthcoming project projected to open in March. Craft cocktails will be at the forefront, with a focus on using fresh and local ingredients to recreate classic American and Southern cocktails like Mint Juleps and Manhattans. The Southern-influenced menu will hone in on elevated comfort food. Expect to see roasted quail braised loin shanks, country chive biscuits and other dishes that use locally sourced ingredients presented in cast-iron skillets. As with Guru and Jupiter, The Ginger Mule will offer craft beer, plus casked brews and small-batch ales.
Further down Highway 6 in Sugar Land's Colony Center, commonly referred to as the city's Chinatown, is Buns House at 4645 Highway 6, Ste D. Located next door to Jason Liao's Preview: Modern Seafood Cuisine, this newcomer will offer a variety of steamed buns and dumplings. The restaurant should take over where Dumplings 'N More left off before it closing last year. Buns House joins Osaka Sushi, Ky Ans Kitchen and Hippo Ice as the new wave of Asian restaurants invading the suburb.