On June 3, Houston-based Island Grill unveiled its much-anticipated new restaurant at CityPlace, a best-in-class mixed-use district anchoring north Houston’s Springwoods Village. Focusing on healthy Mediterranean-American fare, Island Grill occupies a prime, 3,584-square-foot street-front space with an outdoor patio in CityPlace 2 at 1701 Lake Plaza Drive.
The fifth location for the family-owned and operated fast casual concept, CityPlace joins Tanglewood, Bellaire, Memorial and Rice Village as the brand’s first site outside of the Beltway and serving the north side. It also provide diners a one-of-a-kind setting, fronting CityPlace’s programmed central plaza and steps from the 60-acre development’s picturesque, waterfront park.
According to Robert Fields, President and CEO at Patrinely Group, “The addition of dining furthers the 18-hour lifestyle at CityPlace, and Island Grill speaks to the caliber of curated, yet approachable, offerings to come. Our employers and residents have been eagerly awaiting Island Grill’s opening, and we are excited about it enhancing an increasingly rich visitor experience.”
Acclaimed Houston design firm, MALI, designed the interior layout of the light-filled CityPlace site with the goal of setting a benchmark for what existing Island Grill locations will become. The new design approach introduces a fresh, modern aesthetic with attention to textural details that add warmth and invite customers to linger. Calacatta-patterned porcelain flooring with a wood inlay brings the restaurant’s Mediterranean aesthetic to life. Textural light fixtures, cobalt blue accents, olive leaf murals and water jet bar tiles interject a touch of sophistication.
In contrast to the other locations, Island Grill CityPlace showcases a chic bar with a curated selection of craft cocktails, beer and wine. It is also the first to feature an Italian brick, wood-fired pizza oven.
Since launching in 2000, Island Grill has earned both popular and critical acclaim for its relaxed atmosphere, personable service, delicious dishes rooted in tradition, plus value-oriented catering offerings. The menu incorporates a mix of recipes passed down through generations, as well as homegrown favorites, including an award-winning hamburger. Offerings are crafted using only premium ingredients, showcasing fine meats and seafood in addition to a multitude of gluten-free and vegetarian options.
The urban, walkable core of Springwoods Village, CityPlace is a joint venture of Patrinely Group, USAA Real Estate and CDC Houston and services a community that includes a daytime population of 18,000 from employers such as ExxonMobil, HP, Southwestern Energy, ABS and CHI St. Luke’s Health–Springwoods Village Hospital, two upscale residential communities, two luxury multi-family properties and three hotels.
About Island Grill
Founded in 2000 by Faysal Haddad and wife Maria, Island Grill is a healthy fast-casual destination for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as for smoothies and fresh juices. The menu features Mediterranean American dishes, many of which are family recipes from the Haddads, who immigrated from Damascus, Syria to the United States in 1981. Island Grill uses premium ingredients and offers the highest quality of food at approachable price points. Island Grill’s four locations are located in Houston at 5709 Woodway Drive, 4024 Bellaire Boulevard, 979 Bunker Hill Road and 2365A Rice Boulevard. For more information, please visit www.islandgrillhouston.com.
About CityPlace Springwoods Village
Ideally situated at the axis of the Grand Parkway, Hardy Toll Road and Interstate 45, north Houston’s CityPlace is a thoughtfully designed and fully-integrated, mixed-use development spanning 60 acres in the heart one of the country’s most rapidly expanding corridors. A vibrant, new destination for the area, CityPlace serves as the urban and walkable commercial center of Springwoods Village, a sustainable 2,000-acre master-planned community that is home to corporate campuses including ExxonMobil. Enhancing CityPlace’s growing roster of businesses, plus retail and dining offerings, are premier amenities ranging from programmed, waterfront green space and miles of trails to a AAA Four Diamond Marriott hotel, 342-unit luxury apartment building, 10-screen Star Cinema Grill dine-in theater and 38,000 SF 24 Hour Fitness super sport club. For more information, please visit www.cityplacespringwoods.com.
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