OPENING: GUARD AND GRACE THIS FALL (Houston Press)


OPENING: GUARD AND GRACE THIS FALL (Houston Press)
 | MAY 10, 2019 | 5:00AM

Guard and Grace, 500 Dallas, is slated to open in fall 2019 at One Allen Center. Troy Guard, executive chef and owner of TAG Restaurant Group, opened the first Guard and Grace Steakhouse in Denver, Colorado in 2014. The modern steakhouse takes a fresh approach to the genre with seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. The  prime, certified Angus or grass-fed steaks, are available in different cuts and sizes from 4 ounces to 22. There’s also plenty of seafood options, plus some vegetarian choices as well.

The Houston location will be the second for the concept and Guard’s first foray into the Texas landscape, already bursting with steak-centric restaurants. It will cover 15,000 square feet of space at Allen Center, with 9,000 of it designated for the main dining area. There will also be a mezzanine for private dining.

Guard and Grace is more than beef.

Guard, born in Hawaii, has lived and traveled all over the world, working with powerhouse chefs and restaurateurs such as James Beard Award winning Roy Yamaguchi and Richard Sandoval, whose first Texas venture was Bayou and Bottle in Houston. Guard owns and operates a dozen Denver restaurants such as TAG, Los Chingones and FNG.

As an introduction to the city of Houston, Guard has already done two of his Kitchen Kollabs, including a March event with Chef Drake Leonards of Eunice and an April collaboration with Chris Davies of Uchi. Now, Chef Levi Goode will host a Texas-sized ” Meat and Greet” with Guard on May 22 at 6:30 p.m at Goode Co. Armadillo Palace, 5015 Kirby. The ticketed event ($85 per person) includes live cooking demos from both chefs who will be grilling their specialties in the outdoor area. Attendees will get to watch the superstar chefs create their signature dishes. There will also be appetizers, mains and desserts, plus two drink tickets for cocktails, wine and beer. Live music will add to the fun of the backyard blowout.

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