College Station, TX

  • Beautifully crafted, upscale restaurant in booming college town
  • At the focal point of Century Square, the premier 55-acre mixed-use development in the Bryan-College Station area
  • Midway executives, a seasoned GM, and an accomplished Executive Chef bring decades of experience in concept development, hospitality and service
  • This investment is secured by a blanket lien on all assets of the business

Investment Details


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Funded on May 5, 2017




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Company Description

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.

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Key Terms

CS Porters Partners, LP
Revenue Sharing Notes
Offering Amount
Minimum of $400,000 to maximum $500,000
Investment Multiple ?
Payments ?
Revenue Sharing Percentage
5.0% of monthly gross revenue of PORTERS
Maturity ?
48 Months
Security Interest ?
Blanket lien on all assets of the business
Ownership % Represented by Securities
0%. Investors will not receive any equity interests in the Issuer or any voting or management rights with respect to the Issuer as a result of an investment in Securities.

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Use of Proceeds

100% of the funding proceeds from NextSeed will be used towards the buildout of PORTERS and the purchase of equipment, furniture and supplies. Any additional proceeds will be put towards working capital.

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Renderings and floor plan presented in this offering may not reflect the final designs of PORTERS

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Principal Investment Multiple Maturity* Total Payment*
1.40x 48 months $140

Revenue Sharing Summary*

Once the Issuer commences operations, it will share 5% of each month’s gross revenue with the investors as a group until they are paid in full.

Each investor will receive its proportionate share of the monthly payments made to the investors as a group.


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Assuming that the total amount raised through this offering is $500,000, and Investor A invested $5,000, Investor A is entitled to receive 1.0% of the $12,000 shared with investors for month X. Therefore, Investor A is paid $120 for month X.

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Bonus Rewards


First 50 investors who invest $500 or more will receive a $25 gift card to PORTERS

Invest $1,000 or more

  • First beverage free on any Texas A&M Game Days for the first year of the restaurant opening

Invest $2,500 or more

  • Everything above, plus 2 tickets to the PORTERS Investor-Only Event, featuring food and drink, a special butchery display from Executive Chef Greenwood and hand-rolled cigars at the restaurant.

Invest $7,500 or more

  • Everything above, plus a free private dinner for 2 at the Butcher's Table (up to $250 value)

Invest $25,000 or more

  • Everything above, plus enjoy one free night hotel stay at your choice of Hotel George or Cavalry Court and the use of a private whiskey locker for one year

Invest $50,000

  • Everything above, plus you name a cocktail on the menu

Business Model

PORTERS is launching an approachable, contemporary, and upscale eatery that will play a central role in Midway’s Century Square development. Century Square will include multifamily, office, retail, restaurants, entertainment and hospitality uses with several components already open and the balance to open alongside PORTERS. PORTERS will complement Century Square by providing a uniquely Texas dining experience that will integrate well with the event-programmed The Green, a central green space on the property. The restaurant will also support the dining needs of two full-service, Valencia Group-operated hotels (Cavalry Court and The George) and their 9,000 square feet of conference space.

The restaurant’s capacity will be 156 seats which includes two 50-seat dining areas, a smaller private dining room, an outdoor patio, and additional bar area seating. The layout is designed to maximize capacity and create intimate dining experiences in each beautifully crafted section.

The distribution of rooms also allows for the flexibility to serve private groups of various sizes without disturbing the regular flow of guests. Along with an evolving local customer base, visitors to Texas A&M University will find PORTERS to be a special dining destination.

PORTERS will be centered around a unique, wood-centric grill and a craft butcher providing hand-cut, to-order steaks and chops.

The beverage options will feature a carefully curated wine list and cocktail menu. The restaurant also plans to offer wine and whiskey lockers to allow regulars and VIP members to indulge in the purchase of full bottles.

The team anticipates that 60% of revenue will be generated from food and 40% through alcohol sales. The average ticket price at PORTERS is anticipated to be $25 for lunch and $75 for dinner. The options for upscale dining are currently very limited in the area, and this price point is in line with comparable restaurants in the area (The Republic and Christopher’s World Grille).

Location Analysis

PORTERS will be located adjacent to Texas A&M University in Bryan-College Station, Texas.

Located 95 miles northwest of Houston, Bryan-College Station is home to more than 63,000 students and the total population is approximately 229,000 (2014). An estimated 1.6 million visitors are drawn to Texas A&M annually (2015).

Bryan-College Station permanent residents have a median household income of $88,984, and the average student family median household income is $96,134 (the top 25% reaching $127,337).

Century Square is a mixed-use development that sits on a 55-acre site situated on the northeast corner of College Avenue and University Drive adjacent to the University. Phase I of Century Square is currently under construction and occupies 32 of the total 55 acres.

Traffic counts on University Drive total in excess of 67,000 cars daily.

Century Square will offer its patrons a wide range of amenities including a luxury 21-and-older multifamily community, multiple retail and restaurant options, a dine-in movie theater, two full-service Valencia Group-operated hotels, 60,000 SF of Class A office, and a two-acre, event-filled plaza.

Century Square – Phase 1 summary

  • 249 luxury, 21 -and-older multifamily units
  • 162 full-service, “refined rustic” hotel rooms at The George
  • 141 full-service hotel rooms at Cavalry Court, inspired by Brazos Valley’s history of military, agriculture, and engineering
  • 60,000 SF of Class A office
  • 155,000 SF of retail, restaurants and entertainment
  • Two-acre, urban-style green plaza, “The Green”


Charles “Chuck” Criswell, General Manager

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Chuck Criswell has devoted his life to hospitality. After graduating from the University of Houston with a degree in finance, he accepted his first management position at Houston’s, the renowned restaurant chain created by George Biel.

After several years at Houston’s, he accepted a General Manager position with Damian Mandola and Johnny Carrabba. Over the next decade, Criswell opened and operated a number of restaurants for the two throughout Texas. Upon leaving Carrabba’s, he served as the president of a restaurant group based in San Antonio, Texas, leading and inspiring his team to open and operate restaurants in all of the major cities in Texas. Most recently, Criswell has spent five years operating fine dining concepts for Larry Foles and Guy Villavosa at Eddie V’s Prime Seafood.

Criswell first worked with Midway when he and Chef Greenwood opened CITYCENTRE’s Eddie V’s. Chuck will utilize his 30-years of hospitality experience to serve as PORTERS’ General Manager.

"Providing hospitality is an authentic, genuine, and enduring profession," says Criswell. With this authenticity-centered approach to hospitality, he strives to develop motivated, winning teams and to maximize guest engagement through truly memorable dining experiences.

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Criswell grew up in a family that loved great food, cooking, cocktails, and hosting grand dinner parties. For over 30 years, his mother Ann Criswell wrote for the award-winning food section of the Houston Chronicle and is also the author of several books featuring Houston’s finest restaurants. Drawn to the energy of the restaurant business early on, Criswell got his first job as a busboy at the age of 15. After rising through the ranks, he devoted his life to hospitality.

Criswell is also a certified sommelier who spends his free time studying wine, cocktails, and fine whiskeys. On his days off you can find him enjoying the great outdoors.

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Bill Greenwood, Executive Chef

Bill Greenwood’s restaurant experience began at age nine when he began work at his father’s restaurants outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Greenwood’s on Green Street, owned and operated by Bill’s father, William, since 1986, is an Atlanta institution and a pioneering restaurant in the farm-to-table movement. “Growing up Kitchen,” as Bill refers to his unique upbringing, has resulted in Bill’s profound interest in sustainability, vertical farming, and innovative restaurant supply techniques, while maintaining a passion for straightforward cooking and simple-yet-sophisticated preparations.

Chef Greenwood and Chuck Criswell worked together to open CITYCENTRE’s Eddie V’s. During his three years as Executive Chef, Greenwood and Criswell built their relationship with the Midway team.

Prior to his time with Eddie V’s, Bill worked as the Executive Chef of AP Stumps Chop House in San Jose, California, but he gained his love for the Rocky Mountains and Colorado cuisine while working in Aspen. He first worked at the storied Little Nell Hotel under the guidance of his mentor and James Beard Award winner, Chef George Mahaffey. Bill also worked in the culinary departments of the Hotel Jerome, Cache Cache Bistro, Grana Bread Company, and Conundrum Restaurant.

Midway, Real Estate Investment & Development Firm

Houston-based Midway is a privately owned, fully integrated real estate investment and development firm that has provided the highest level of quality, service and value to its clients and investors for nearly 50 years. Since its inception in 1968, Midway has created projects of distinction, aesthetic relevance and enduring value for its investors, clients and local communities. Midway’s purpose is to create enduring investments and remarkable places that enrich people’s lives.

The Midway portfolio of projects completed and/or underway consists 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.

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.

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October 2016
Design of PORTERS commissioned to architect
March 2017
Construction expected to begin
July 2017
Construction expected to be completed
July 2017
Furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) installed. Training of staff complete.
July 2017
Grand opening

November 21, 2017

Update from Porters

PORTERS continues to make excellent progress on all fronts! We’ve been making headway on our website, the buildout of the restaurant and construction of our custom design pieces. We will get our VIP cards in hand very soon. Don’t forget to make sure that your mailing address is up to date in your NextSeed Account Center.

In the photos below, you can see interior updates compared to our renderings of the bar, kitchen and large private dining room. Unfortunately, we have experienced significant delays in construction due to the restaurant’s HVAC work, permitting, grease duct and other issues. Due to these setbacks, we are expecting to open in the second half of January. However, we will continue to make our early monthly payments to our NextSeed investors until the doors open. Thank you for your patience and continued support. The whole PORTERS team hopes you and your loved ones have a great Thanksgiving. We are thankful that we will be able to serve the Brazos Valley in the new year!

October 29, 2017

Update from Porters

We are excited to say that PORTERS is really coming together.  From HVAC to electrical, to signage, to the POS system and test dishes – we are getting closer on all fronts! The George opened in September and has been received very well, including being fully booked for every home game since opening. Chef Greenwood and Sous Chef Martin Campos are busy polishing the PORTERS cuisine.  The tree presented on the back of our dinner menu is the actual tree next to (and the namesake of) “The Oak Patio.”

Keep an eye out for your VIP card in the mail over the coming weeks. You’ll be able to use for your VIP card for Bonus Rewards like the Game Day Drink and Early Bird gift card. Please make sure your mailing address is up to date in your NextSeed Account Center. We will also issue a digital version of your VIP card in case you forget your physical card.

Please continue to stay tuned for future updates!

September 24, 2017

Update from PORTERS

We have begun making our monthly payments out to our investors- effective this month- as a way to say thank you for your continued support and loyalty.  We will continue making this payment each month until operations begin and then resume our monthly payment schedule according to the terms of our agreement thereafter!

August 22, 2017

Finishing Touches to the Menu!

Despite some construction and permitting delays, we are now on track for a November opening! We are excited to share some sample photos of the dishes Chef Greenwood has been testing to perfection!


April 13, 2017

Aerial Views of Century Square

Here are some aerial photos of Century Square that were shot last week, showing the progress happening with the larger development.

April 6, 2017

Construction update

We’re excited to share some of the progress building up around PORTERS.

Construction has been steady with the section of buildings surrounding the central courtyard. This includes PORTERS and The George among others.


A room in The George was recently staged for a marketing shoot. You can see the look and feel that this boutique luxury hotel will offer. PORTERS will be located on the ground floor of the hotel.


Additionally, the multifamily project 100 Park has been fully completed.


We’ll continue to share updates along the way!

March 26, 2017

Interview with Brad Freels and Chuck Criswell

We had a fun interview and enjoyed sharing some of our plans for PORTERS!

Check it out here:
Next Exit, College Station


March 24, 2017

Working Menu

Here’s an early draft of a working menu. It will evolve as we get closer to launch, and we look forward to providing additional updates as we get further along!

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