Just weeks after opening the first location of his Detroit-style cheesesteak restaurant, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is already preparing to open a second outpost in East Houston.
The first Lefty’s Famous Cheesesteaks in Houston opened on December 15 at 8057 Kirby Drive, just a few blocks away from Watson’s other place of work, NRG Stadium. The restaurant, which is co-owned by Watson and was founded by Detroit native Sam Berry in 2010, will open a second location on January 5 at 1010 Federal Road, in the Northshore neighborhood.
The restaurant is known for its loaded sandwiches named after celebrities, like the Italian Stallion, topped with with pepperoni, mozzarella and pizza sauce; and the Big Poppa, with lettuce, pickles and Thousand Island dressing. A Watson-inspired cheesesteak comes topped with mac and cheese and Hot Cheetos.
Lefty’s has already proven popular amongst the H-Town crowd. A star-studded opening of the first location, which included several Texans players and cheerleaders, rappers Z-Ro and Willie D, members of Watson’s family. and several local restaurateurs, garnered Watson a $7,500 fine from the NFL for violating the league’s social distancing protocols. Watson pledged to pay his teammates’ fines as well. He’s also been donating food to frontline workers in Houston at Houston Methodist Hospital.
The Houston locations of Lefty’s are the first outside of Michigan, which boasts 25 stores. Watson and Berry have plans to open at least a few more in Texas, including a spot at 5588 North Freeway, which is expected to open at the end of January.