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King Ranch and Fertitta Family saddle up for new Houston restaurant, King Ranch Texas Kitchen

King Ranch Texas Kitchen debuts Tuesday with Lone Star State ‘urban flair’

King Ranch Inc., the historic South Texas enterprise, and the Fertitta Family, which owns Landry’s Inc. and Fertitta Entertainment, have partnered to open a 10,000-square-foot King Ranch Texas Kitchen, which debuts in Houston Tuesday.

King Ranch Texas Kitchen will occupy space that formerly housed another Landry’s concept, Willie G’s Seafood & Steaks.

“This is a visionary concept where Texas heritage collides with legendary cuisine,” said Robert Underbrink, King Ranch president and CEO, in a statement.  The historic King Ranch was founded in 1853 by Capt. Richard King and remains its seventh generation of family ownership. It is the largest ranch in Texas, covering 825,000 acres between Corpus Christi and Brownsville.

King Ranch Texas Kitchen plans to begin serving dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 17, and will add lunch on Dec. 1. It is the ranch’s first branded restaurant.

The menu is overseen by Carlos Rodriguez as executive chef, who previously worked with Vic & Anthony’s, a fine-dining restaurant in the Landry’s portfolio.

Menu items include steaks, Gulf seafood and ranch favorites, such as

Vaquero Tacos, King Ranch Nilgai and King Ranch Fried Quail.

“We worked diligently with King Ranch to translate their brand into a culinary experience unlike any other,” Rodriguez said.

The décor features metal drum chandeliers, framed livestock bill of sale and land deeds, black and white archived photography and vintage leather saddles.

In addition to foodservice, The Saddle Shop at King Ranch Texas Kitchen will offer King Ranch retail merchandise such as leather goods, home furnishings and accessories, glassware and food items.

A spokesperson said King Ranch Texas Kitchen is operated by the Fertitta Family organization, which also owns the Landry’s properties, the Golden Nugget Casinos and Hotels and the Houston Rockets basketball team.

Other restaurants in Fertitta Family fine-dining portfolio include: Mastro’s Steakhouse and Ocean Club, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouses and The Oceanaire. Other casual-dining brands include Chart House, Landry’s Seafood House, Saltgrass Steak House, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and McCormick & Schmick’s.

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