Dishes like whiskey bacon are bound to show up in Cherry Block's future.

One of Houston's top spots for high-quality meats and hearty, muscular dishes is expanding in a big way this year. 

Partners Felix Florez and Jess DeSham Timmons announced Tuesday that their Cherry Block Craft Butcher + Kitchen will be moving out of Bravery Chef Hall and into two new spaces: 5305 Highway Blvd in Katy and the Stomping Grounds at 1223 W 34th St, #100, in Garden Oaks.

First, Katy, which will open in the spring. Here, Cherry Block will open a full-scale butcher and market, selling meats through Florez's distribution company, Falcon Lake Farms. The market will have a dry-aging room, chef-prepared meals, and custom food products for sale. 

At Stomping Grounds, the property from Revive Development, Cherry Block Craft Butcher & Texas Kitchen will be a full-scale restaurant at 2,600 square feet, with both indoor and outdoor space. Along with a larger food menu, Cherry Block will feature a full beverage program with wines selected by Florez, who's also a certified sommelier. Look for this concept to open in the spring or summer.

"The growing public support and acclaim has been the endorsement we needed to be able to get a brick and mortar space going," says Florez. "We’ve taken it as far as we can in the current location and we’re ready for this next leap. There’s not going to be anything else quite like it."

Since opening in 2019 at Bravery Chef Hall, Cherry Block has been known for its meaty fare, from a Southern smokehouse burger to a heritage pork chop to arguably the city's best bowl of gumbo. The Bravery location will close on January 31.

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