Dish Society founders reunite for new American restaurant at CityCentre


The spirits 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 high enough to be a night-time hangout. Lyons recruited Chef Brandi Key – best known for her time 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 a few ideas from a menu point of view, and that’s a big part of why I reached out to Brandi. I knew she was going to figure out what I was trying to accomplish and take it to another level. “Lyons said in a statement. “She fitted 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 take the concept much further than anyone else. which of us would not have been able to do alone.

The Daily Gather’s menu is inspired by classic American cuisine. Meals will begin with a selection of plates to share such as raw, chilled and grilled seafood, as well as dips, spreads and stuffed eggs. Salads and side dishes will generally be products available depending on the season. Main courses will include burgers, steaks, seafood, flatbreads and pasta. 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 a lot of 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 atmosphere, and affordable prices have allowed it to expand to six locations in the Houston area, including Katy, Memorial and The Heights.

To reshape the space, Lyons turned to the Houston Gin Design Group, with whom he worked on Dish Society’s Bellaire location. Ultimately, the restaurant will be able to accommodate 150 people inside plus 100 on an outdoor terrace overlooking the CityCentre green space. Lyons expects to hire around 60 employees for the restaurant.

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