Dish Society Founders Reunite for New American Restaurant at CityCentre

The minds behind Dish Society are bringing a new restaurant to CityCentre. daily gathering will open this fall in the former International Smoke space (800 Sorella Court, Ste. 940).

Led by Dish Society Founder and CEO Aaron Lyons, Daily Gather intends to be a flexible restaurant that serves Memorial-area families and is also elevated enough to be a late-night hangout. Lyons enlisted chef Brandi Key – best known for her stint at Clark Cooper Concepts where she opened restaurants such as Coppa Osteria, Punk’s Simple Southern Food and SaltAir Seafood Kitchen – to help develop the menu and refine the overall approach in as Director of Culinary Operations for parent company Five 12 Restaurant Concepts.

“I had some ideas from a menu perspective, and that’s a big part of why I reached out to Brandi. I knew she was going to understand what I was trying to accomplish and take it to another level,” Lyons said in a statement. “She fit in perfectly – from the name and logo to the interior design – Brandi was involved in it all. She, along with the rest of our team, was able to push the concept much further than anyone else. Which of us wouldn’t have been able to alone.

The Daily Gather’s menu is inspired by classic American cuisine. Meals will begin with a selection of sharing plates such as raw, chilled and grilled seafood, as well as dips, spreads and deviled eggs. Salads and vegetable side dishes are generally seasonal products. Entree options will include burgers, steaks, seafood, flatbreads and pastas. The restaurant will serve dinner daily with lunch on weekdays and brunch on weekends.

Like Dish Society, the restaurant will use as many local meats and vegetables as possible. Likewise, the beverage program will include Texas beers and locally roasted Greenway coffee, as well as wine, cocktails and freshly squeezed juices.

“With Daily Gather, there are many synergies with Dish Society, including serving much of the same demographic, but in a different way,” Lyons said.

The restaurateur opened the first Dish Society in the Tanglewood area in 2014. Its all-day model, family-friendly atmosphere and affordable prices have helped it expand to six Houston-area locations, including Katy, Memorial and The Heights.

To remodel the space, Lyons turned to Houston’s Gin Design Group, with whom he worked on Dish Society’s Bellaire site. Ultimately, the restaurant will seat 150 people indoors plus 100 on an outdoor patio that overlooks the green spaces of the CityCentre. Lyons plans to hire about 60 employees for the restaurant.

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