Houston proudly opens national LGBT themed restaurant in Montrose
HOUSTON — JAN 21 — The 45-year wait is over. At the end of the month Houston officially opens it’s first Hamburger Mary’s, a funky burger joint slated to become one of the top LGBTQ+ attractions in the region.
Nestled in the ‘gay-centric’ neighborhood of Montrose within walking distance to many LGBTQ+ bars, clubs, and businesses, Hamburger Mary’s is re-defining Houston traditions, as they set trends for what will surely become one of the best eateries in the 006.’
Tasked with transforming what once was Hollywood Super Center; into one of the most famous LGBT restaurants’ in the world is no small endeavor. Project designer Caryn Craig and husband Mark De Lange have revolutionized the space into a glamorous mismatch of kooky artwork, gold ornate frames, antiques, and open-space seating indoor and out.
Known as a family-friendly dinner, the Houston Hamburger Mary’s will be no different. “We want families to come and enjoy Hamburger Mary’s,” De Lange said.
A brand that has built an image of creative entertainment, Hamburger Mary’s proudly brags that 90% of all RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants either currently work or were discovered at one of their restaurants.
As tradition goes Hamburger Mary’s Houston will be no different when it comes to entertainment. Bubbalicious, a Houston legend has been selected as one of the three show directors. One of the most iconic deejays in LGBT history; JD Arnold has accepted a role that will include another community favorite, DJ Jimmy Skinner.
Reservations will be required on Friday and Saturday nights, but Sunday’s “Broadway Brunch” and Thursday dinner will offer open seating.
As the second oldest LGBT brand in continuous operation since its inception, the Houston location will be the only store in the chain to feature fresh made flatbreads and mouth-watering Tex-Mex and original favorites. “During the day, we want the restaurant filled with everyone that wants to enjoy the festive atmosphere. In the evening after 9PM, it will transform into a 21+ environment,” De Lange explained.
Houston will be the fifteenth location. As of 2015 Hamburger Mary’s had thirteen U.S. locations and one in Berlin, Germany. “I started negotiating in 2004 to bring the franchise to Houston and from the beginning we set out to make this a destination,” De Lange says. “It will be a testament to the resurgence in Montrose.”
While there has been no official opening date announced, owners have pointed to an early February 2017 opening.