Former Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching is bringing his love of soccer from the pitch to the restaurant business with a new soccer bar called Pitch 25.
Ching is set to open the city’s newest spot to watch a match at 904 Hutchins Street, just a stone’s throw away from BBVA Compass Stadium, Minute Maid Park, and other Downtown destinations. At present, Ching is raising funds for the project via crowdfunding platform NextSeed. He’s seeking 250,000 for construction on the space, and demolition of the former building is currently underway.
Ching is joined in the project by a couple of bar experts in Andy Aweida and Jeff Barati, the minds behind popular Houston watering holes Wooster’s Garden and Heights Bier Garten. As far as the food is concerned, Ching and his partners haven’t nailed down a menu yet, but diners can look forward to pretty standard American bar fare.
Cocktails and a lengthy list of brews will also be on offer, along with more than 20 televisions broadcasting soccer matches from around the world. “I’m really excited to create an environment that truly matches the excitement of the soccer experience,” Ching said in a statement. “And create a nationally-recognized soccer destination as the sport continues to increase in popularity in the U.S.”
Pitch 25 is expected to debut in Spring 2018. Stay tuned for more details on its arrival.