A Houston restaurant business that started out with a popular, acclaimed smokehouse is enjoying another spurt in growth. Sambrooks Management Company opens Andiron, a new steak house which is located at 3201 Allen Parkway. The hotel company owns several popular venues known for meaty banquets, including The pit room, The terrace in the pit room, Glowing and 1751 Sea & Bar.
The latest addition is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2022 in the historic Star Engraving Company building, which previously housed the Houston Children’s Museum and most recently the Stages Theater. The iconic Mediterranean Revival-style structure is being restored and developed by Radom Capital, the company behind projects like Heights Mercantile and MKT.
Rendering of the Andiron bar. Image by AvroKO.
Andiron offers guests a variety of smoked and wood-fired dishes similar to those found in other Sambrooks Management Company restaurants. “This is a passionate project for our team – we’re excited to bring everything we’re good at together in one of the most exciting restaurants in Houston. We will combine our smoking and wood fire grilling skills from The Pit Room and Candente with our cooking-oriented experience from 1751 Sea & Bar, ”said Michael Sambrooks, Owner of Sambrooks Management, in a corporate statement.
While the Andiron’s full menu is still a mystery, the steakhouse’s live-fire concept suggests a rich variety of meat dishes. Sambrooks’ goal is to incorporate both modern and traditional techniques into the steakhouse experience. The menu offers classic steakhouse dishes alongside more adventurous options in a progressive dining experience on small plates. In addition, the press release states that Andiron “wants to use the highest quality ingredients in every dish”.
The interior and the terrace of the new steakhouse will be designed by AvroKO, a design office from New York, in collaboration with a local architect from Houston Kevin Tietz by Philip Ewald Architektur. In keeping with the rich architecture and history of the building (it was built in 1930), Andiron is outfitted with wood paneling, classic light fixtures, and deep green colors. It will offer a 4,500 square meter interior space with seating for up to 110 guests in the main dining room, lounge and bar, and private dining room. The covered terrace of the restaurant can accommodate up to 75 guests and has its own bar and lounge outdoors.
Andiron will open opposite the Stages Theater’s new home, The Gordy, in the first quarter of 2022 and will share the 300-car parking garage. While Andiron has not yet announced its operating hours, it is likely that the steakhouse will follow other Sambrooks Management Company restaurants and serve lunch and dinner.
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