PORTERS will be a 6,000 square foot dining destination located in the heart of Bryan-College Station (the home of Texas A&M University, approximately one and half hours northwest of Houston).
The approachable, upscale restaurant will feature Executive Chef Bill Greenwood’s masterfully prepared American cuisine. The menu will have a southern accent to be enhanced through the expert use of oak, pecan, and hickory woods. The to-be-developed eatery will also feature a walk-up butchery providing to-order hand-cut steaks and chops. Patrons will be able to choose from classic cocktails and a robust wine list created by an in-house sommelier, complementing its contemporary fare in a modern, welcoming environment.
Construction on PORTERS, The George, and the rest of Century Square's center complex is already underway
PORTERS is being created as a partnership between a team of experienced restaurant operators and an esteemed team of real estate investors and developers – Midway and Chill Restaurant Group (Charles Criswell and Bill Greenwood). The restaurant will be located in Midway’s Century Square, an exciting mixed-use destination adjacent to Texas A&M University’s campus. Century Square will be a 55-acre development that will be a dynamic, walkable, urban destination. PORTERS will be positioned between neighboring upscale hotels, adjacent to a 9,000 square foot green plaza that will be the anchor of the development.
Midway is a real estate investment, development and management firm that is headquartered in Houston, Texas. The Midway leadership team is heavily comprised of former students of Texas A&M who are deeply engaged in the university's culture and its vision for the growth of College Station. The company has developed and/or currently owns a portfolio of approximately 45 million square feet of properties in 23 states and Northern Mexico. Their projects range from mixed-use developments, hospitality, business and industrial parks, and master-planned communities.
Its marquee project, CITYCENTRE in Houston, was recently recognized as "The People’s Choice" by Houston’s Urban Land Institute (ULI) for the top project of the past decade (2007-2017). Specifically, the development was recognized as having "successfully brought an urban setting to the Energy Corridor and created a pedestrian-friendly district where Houstonians can live, work and play." This is the model that the team has taken to Century Square in College Station.
Midway’s iconic CITYCENTRE in Houston is a model for Century Square in College Station
Chill Restaurant Group will manage the day-to-day operations for the restaurant with Charles "Chuck" Criswell serving as the restaurant’s General Manager. Criswell is a native Houstonian, a graduate of the University of Houston, and a 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry who has devoted his life to hospitality. He has worked with multiple renowned Texan restauranteurs such as Damian Mandola, Johnny Carrabba, Larry Foles, and Guy Villavosa in multiple successful concepts including: Vallone’s, Añejo, Eddie V’s, and The Tasting Room. Criswell brings the same unrivaled level of passion and experience to PORTERS that he brought to Eddie V’s CITYCENTRE.
PORTERS’ Executive Chef will be the distinguished Bill Greenwood. Beyond working alongside Criswell at Eddie V’s CITYCENTRE, Greenwood’s philosophy of farm-to-table, sustainable, upscale cuisine has been honed at multiple well-known restaurants in Texas, California, and Colorado – including Hotel Jerome, The Little Nell Hotel, and Conundrum.
The Restaurant is nearing the end of the design phase and construction is expected to commence in March 2017. The grand opening is expected July 2017.