The Houston Press hopped on the phone with Marquez Colby, who's helping design the upcoming restaurant with his brothers and says the spot will be super casual and still keep its humble side just with a newer, high-end look when it debuts in four to five months. The Colby brothers and Martin actually bought the 30-year-old snack shop from its original owners in 2014, after David Colby had already established himself at the farmer's market by selling Lemon-D-Lite popcorn, the recipe of which— involving zero salt or butter—had been passed down from his grandfather.
Pop + Pan plans to serve lunch, dinner and brunch with seating for 50 including a shared outdoor space and a full bar. On the menu, you'll find chef David Colby's signature panini, which showcase the techniques and complex flavors he learned while working for Hugo Ortega. Colby has been busy opening under the radar spot Belle Station as well.
The new restaurant will likely operate with counter service at lunch, and potentially expanded service at night time with a menu that will use open-face sandwiches and toast as a launching point. Popcorn and beer pairings at happy hour may also be in store. In fact, popcorn will still be star of the show, with new variations hopping on the menu alongside the shop's beloved lineup, including dry-rubbed iterations (dill, coriander/cumin), and beloved cheese and candied popcorn that Pop + Pan have created themselves or inherited via recipes from the shop's previous owners.
The development will reportedly house more restaurants with Houston roots (ie. no chains) including a coffee shop that could potentially take over the standalone former tire shop that is being salvaged as part of the new build out. The developers are supposedly leasing a parking lot in back of the building as well, but you should probably go pay your respects to the Surfhouse (which is moving into the new development as well) and now-closed Panini & Provisions locations because the building is being razed, likely within the next month.
One reason it will be worth the wait: "Our popcorn comes from Richmond, Texas. It's an heirloom seed with a smaller pop." Whereas 90 percent of corn on the market comes from Iowa or Indiana, "Ours has no GMO or anything like that. It just tastes better."
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