Washington Avenue has a new "high-energy dining concept" according to the concept's official press release, and its kitchen is being run by a noted Houston chef.
The Sporting Club opens Thursday at 5102 Washington Ave, next to Lincoln Bar in the heart of the nightlife district. E.J. Miller, formerly the executive chef at the now-shuttered Houston location of International Smoke, is taking on that role here, looking to deliver on a menu of seafood, Italian fare, and big, meaty entrées. Look for everything from red snapper ceviche to a seafood tower, and from pizza topped with Feges BBQ smoked brisket to bucatini with bacon.
All of this takes place in a large indoor-outdoor space. The 5,000-square-foot dining room combines the TV-friendly, logo-stamped feel of a Washington Avenue sports bar and a throwback country club with crystal chandeliers, antique mirrors, and mid-century avocado-green booths and bar stools. In an ingenious move befitting the Houston climate, the space includes a 2,400-square-foot retractable roof that is designed to open and close in 30 seconds.
A 3,000-square-foot patio includes rainbow-colored cushions and a bar made out of an Airstream van. Plenty of bubbles and frozen drinks will be served from the outdoor bar.
"We are excited to bring the all-new concept of The Sporting Club to the Washington Corridor," So Clutch Group owner Dan Wierck said in a press release. The hospitality group also operates Sugar Room, Clutch Bar, and Concrete Cowboy, all on the Washington Avenue strip. "The high-energy restaurant is sure to be a food and drink destination in the area, providing a unique dining experience for each guest."
The Sporting Club will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, with the full menu offered until 11 p.m. (from then until 2 a.m., late-night pizzas will be served). Brunch—which will include an eggs Benedict dish with lobster; chilaquiles; breakfast pizza; and a bagel board among other items—will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Ladies of Libation curated a cocktail list for The Sporting Club that includes the aforementioned bubbles and frozens. Party-sized cocktails and pre-batched carbonated drinks will also be offered, along with bottle service.