Chris Shepherd and Underbelly Hospitality are in a "can't-stop-won't-stop" mode. On Friday, MLB Capital Partners announced that the James Beard Award-winning chef's hospitality company will open a burger restaurant this summer at the Houston Farmers Market.
It's called Underbelly Burger, and it'll be parked right next to Wild Oats, another Underbelly restaurant helmed by chef Nick Fine.
Underbelly Burger will have an updated version of Hay Merchant's Cease and Desist burger, along with burgers and hot dogs featuring Shepherd's bacon sausage (now available at H-E-B!), plus special burgers and chicken sandwiches. Beef will be sourced from 44 Farms and RC Ranch Texas Craft Meats, which will have its butcher shop next door at the Farmers Market.
You can also get fries (called sidewinder fries because they're twisted potato wedges), milkshakes from pastry director Victoria Dearmond, and wine and beer.
Underbelly Burger will seat 12 inside a 1,200-square-foot space, and it'll have a pick-up window.
It's just the latest move from a company that has made a lot of news lately. Earlier this month, Underbelly Hospitality announced multiple restaurant leadership changes. Later this year, the company will open a Downtown spinoff of Georgia James called Georgia James Tavern, and beyond that Shepherd will unveil a restaurant centered on live fire.
The Houston Farmers Market began rolling out its new vendors and businesses in the spring. Along with the Underbelly Hospitality concepts, also look for a second location of Crawfish & Noodles. That's set to open in the fall.