After more than two decades of providing legendary Texas cuisine with a healthy portion of exceptional service to tens of thousands of loyal customers, the owner of Reata Restaurant is expanding with the new 203 Café.
Located on the second floor of the Fire Station No. 1 building in Sundance Square at 203 Commerce Street and between the Wells Fargo and Bank of America towers, 203 Café will offer fast casual breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, along with catering to downtown businesses.
“When we initially established ‘Reata on the Road’ as a ‘temporary’ catering company back in 2001, we had no idea how significant our catering business would grow to be, especially among the downtown office community,” said Mike Micallef, owner and president of Reata Restaurant Group. “We also recognize that sometimes office workers need another option for lunch on the go. 203 Café will provide a different menu than Reata through satisfying items that are easy to take back to a desk or a conference room.”
With a focus on signature sandwiches, examples of 203 Café menu items include:
The Rueben – Housemade pastrami with applewood-smoked bacon, swiss cheese, housemade fennel sauerkraut and whole grain mustard, served on toasted pumpernickel rye bread.
The Turkey – Citrus and herb-roasted turkey breast sliced thin, with whole grain mustard, arugula and sliced red onions, served on a butter croissant roll.
The Buffalo Shrimp – Fried bay shrimp tossed in spicy house made buffalo sauce, with shredded iceberg, red cabbage, cilantro, sliced tomatoes, cotija cheese and garlic aioli, served on toasted ciabatta.
The Bratwurst – Traditional German sausage of pork and spices steamed in lager, with housemade sauerkraut and whole grain mustard, served in a toasted pretzel roll.
“We are very pleased to have the Reata owners take on this new endeavor,” said Johnny Campbell, president and chief executive officer of Sundance Square. “203 Café will fill a niche in Sundance Square with a high-quality, first-class offering.”
203 Café is primarily designed for workers on the go. The 2,200-square-foot restaurant is currently under construction, with an anticipated fall opening. The architect is Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford, with design assistance from The Projects Group and the general contractor is Dennett Construction.
203 Café is expected to hire 10 employees, and is initially slated to be open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m