Social media fan favorite food truck Wokker TX Ranger is now just Wokker, and it isn't just doing the food truck thing come March 31. Co-owner Tony Nguyen told the Houston Press that the two-and-a-half-year-old mobile food unit has signed a year-long partnership with Craft Beer Cellar at 907 Franklin downtown.
The 5,000-square-foot property has plenty of space for both the bar and the restaurant. Having a spacious, full kitchen will be a welcome change from the food truck life for Nguyen and his Wokker partners, Marco Juarez and Man Dao.
Nguyen says the menu will be expanded from the eight items currently offered at the truck to 19 items. The famous "Wokker TX Ranger Fries," made with brisket, cheddar jack, curly fries and spicy aioli, are still on the menu, along with items such as Asian barbecue ribs and a Southern yakitori with bourbon teriyaki sauce.
Entrée items include a banh mi BLT, an Akaushi burger, pork belly fried rice, Vietnamese shaken beef and a Texan pad thai. For dessert, there is a "Not your grandma's apple pie." Wokker is known for bringing Asian flavors with a Texas-Southern flare to everything it makes.
Restaurant hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch service and 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner service, Monday through Friday, and only dinner service will be available on Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m.
There is currently not an outdoor patio area, but Craft Beer Cellar owner Steve Labac has plans to expand. Nguyen mentioned that he wants to start a weekend brunch service soon.
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The crew is soft opening between March 20 and the grand opening, which is slated for March 31. Meanwhile, fans can still catch Wokker on the road. The food truck will simultaneously operate and continue to be in rotation at the usual University of Houston location and at local breweries and be available for catering events. Follow Wokker on Twitter for the latest announcements about where to find the truck.
Wokker at Craft Beer Cellar, 907 Franklin, 713-227-0199