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Shakeup at Liberty Kitchen as New Group Takes over Brand

Two of the locations will remain as is while a third is set to rebrand.

By Timothy Malcolm August 5, 2020

Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette in River Oaks.

Image: Carla Gomez

Fans of Liberty Kitchen and its associated restaurants should know that things are changing with the noted Houston food-and-drink brand.

Culinary Khancepts, sister company of the Star Cinema Grill Group and operator of State Fare Kitchen and Bar in Memorial City and Sugar Land, has agreed to a deal with F.E.E.D. TX Restaurant Group to buy Liberty Kitchen at the Treehouse in Memorial City and Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette in River Oaks.

Meanwhile, Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar in the Heights will remain with F.E.E.D. TX, but the restaurant will rebrand. Currently it's closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Our Heights space feels like home—we've been in the neighborhood for a decade. We're so excited to share with Houstonians what we’ve been cooking up for the next chapter of 1050 Studewood St.," reads a statement from F.E.E.D. TX. "Be on the lookout for more news on our upcoming neighborhood spot, including menu, design and operations details. It will be a great, fun concept."

As for Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette and Liberty Kitchen at the Treehouse, they'll reopen very soon, with the former opening its doors on August 7 and the latter starting back up on August 14. They'll have indoor and outdoor patio dining, plus a takeout option. For now the menu isn't changing too much, though you can expect some additions. Founding chef and culinary director Lance Fegen will stay on board to lead reopening and oversee culinary direction.

"I have always been a big fan and supporter of Liberty Kitchen and I am thrilled to be able to carry on the legacy of the brand," said Omar Khan, CEO of Culinary Khancepts, in a statement. "Liberty Kitchen has an amazing staff that is anxious to get back to work and provide phenomenal experiences for our guests, friends and families."

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