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Houston Tex-Mex Icon Irma’s Opens Its Luxe New High-Rise Location Today

Irma’s Southwest has arrived at Catalyst Houston

Mouthwatering carne asada awaits
Duc Hoang for Irma’s Southwest
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Irma’s Southwest, a chic new Tex-Mex spot with a serious Space City pedigree, is ready to debut at the fancy new Catalyst Houston high-rise building.

The restaurant is set to open for lunch service today at 1475 Texas Street, occupying a 7,700 square foot space on the ground floor of Catalyst Houston. The dining room offers seating for 200 diners, with an additional 60 spots at the bar. The space is intended to evoke a cozy, upscale vibe with mirrored Italian glass tile, bronze fixtures, and a wood-fired oven in the kitchen will churn out carne asada and Kobe beef burgers.

Like its predecessor Irma’s Southwest Grill, the new location will focus on game meats like venison and wild boar sourced from Broken Arrow Ranch and traditional Tex-Mex dishes like the fire-roasted chile relleno and pork carnitas. The cocktail program, developed by Jacob Guiterrez and Agricole Hospitality’s Morgan Weber, boasts a lengthy list of tequilas and, of course, margaritas.

Irma’s Southwest opens November 26 for lunch and dinner service. The restaurant will be open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday for dinner only from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.