HUSA Management, Inc., the Houston-based pub group behind Sherlock’s Pubs, Baker St. Pub & Grills and Local Pour, is opening a new pizza tavern in the Heights, City Oven at 2802 White Oak (77007). Coming in early September, City Oven will offer the Heights neighborhood an eclectic place to grab a beer, wine or spirit along with a full-service kitchen open for lunch, dinner and late-night with items such as artisan wood-fired pizzas and giant meatball appetizers.
City Oven will have a distinct Heights flavor. The beer selection will be heavily local and regional, with 15 drafts including eight Texas craft beers, 50 bottled beers, four Texas whiskeys and four Texas vodkas. The building’s architect, Dawn Batsche Arcieri, and serigraphy artist who designed the City Oven logo and interior artworks, Carlos Hernandez, are both based in the Heights. Hernandez, an instructor at Rice University, created the artwork and packaging for St. Arnold’s “SANTO” beer in 2011 and has designed and printed posters for the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings of Leon and the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
The menu at City Oven will offer more than 11 artisan wood-fired pizzas, including the “City Oven Meat Pie” – made with San Marzano-style tomato sauce with mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, ham and applewood smoked bacon – and the “Thai Dye” – made with olive oil and garlic sauce base, all-natural grilled curry chicken, mozzarella cheese, Roma tomatoes and onions topped with fresh basil, cucumbers and a sweet swirl of Thai chili sauce.
The kitchen also will offer a full-range menu including starters, salads, sandwiches, burgers, entrees and sweets. Items range from the traditional to the not-so-traditional, including plans for three variations of large-sized, new-to-Houston meatball appetizers – such as one made with an olive oil and garlic sauce base with grilled buffalo-style chicken, bleu cheese crumbles, shredded carrots and diced celery, with a touch of house cheese blend and topped with a swirl of buffalo sauce and ranch dressing.
City Oven will have a seating capacity of 124, including select availability on a small patio. The building’s layout mixes textures of reclaimed wood and brick with industrial touches. It will be open from 11:00 AM until midnight Sunday through Wednesday and until 2:00 AM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
City Oven will be HUSA’s 10th location in the Greater Houston area. The company also locally operates five Baker St. Pub & Grills, two Sherlock’s Pubs, Local Pour on West Gray and Watson’s House of Ales on Grigsby Rd., along with plans to open a D’Amico’s Italian Market Café in Katy and locations beyond in partnership with Nash D’Amico and Brina D’Amico Donaldson.
Information provided by Nick Scurfield, On the Mark Communications.