ROsland’s Grill & Bar is now open, just steps from Houston’s bustling Washington Avenue corridor at 903 Durham Drive. It’s named after a fictional character nicknamed Rosland, who restaurant owners Kim and Don Cristopher of DKC Companies referred to. This mysterious Rosland was born and raised in Houston, as were the many generations of women in her family before her. With a love of the arts and an undivided heart for saving animals in need, she is a kind but strong soul with a passion for giving back.
Ms. Rosland is a character the Cristophers hope women can relate to and see a bit of themselves.
Rosland’s legendary figure dominates the new 6,000 square foot restaurant and bar where chef Cameron Cain will dominate the lineup for lunch, dinner and breakfast on weekends. Local artists like Kenneth Pierson, who works with mediums ranging from graphite and colored pencils to paints and mixed media, have used their boundless imaginations to depict murals inside and outside Rosland, its friends and his favorite non-profit organization, the No Killing Shelter and Sanctuary. – Stray dog. Not to mention Houston’s spectacular skyline.
Businessman Don Cristopher’s vast experience in the restaurant business in Houston is widely reported. Some of his projects include the soon-to-open Riverhouse Restaurant at the new East River 9 par 3 golf resort in Midway’s upcoming East River mega mixed-use development. Cristopher is also involved in Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican cuisine restaurants, Juanita’s Tex-Mex canteen, Otto’s barbecue and burgers, Mason Jar restaurants, Cliff’s burgers and Le Peep restaurants. He is also a strategic licensee in Chick-fil-A.
What to expect at Rosland
Although I haven’t dined at this new restaurant and bar yet, the menu has some mouth-watering dishes like Rosland’s Fondue ($22). The sharing dish of oozing “fancy” cheeses is sprinkled with caramelized pear onions, fresh herbs with pretzel lavash to scoop it all up, plus East Coast oysters. These oysters are either raw (6 for $23) or Rosland’s Restaurant namesake oysters with crispy bacon, spinach and garlic in a shallot cream sauce with an “edible cloud of oyster liqueur” for $32.
Entrees include USDA-rated prime steaks like the heavily marbled rib eye crescent (8 ounces, $59), which consists of the top spinalis of the rib eye tenderloin and a prime rib of beef. 16 ounces ($58) with a caramelized garlic and herb crust with horseradish cream and juice.
Fish dishes include Chilean sea bass slathered in a limoncello beurre blanc ($43) and salmon described as “Wester Ross’s finest hand-raised salmon” which is slathered in a balsamic glaze, chimichurri, drizzle. chilli oil and a citrus mousse before being brought to the table.
Salads feature aquaponic greens and range from an heirloom tomato burrata ($18) to a Thai steak noodle ($21). Powerhouse sandwiches include The Hotbird ($17), citrus-brined, buttermilk-breaded organic chicken drizzled with Rosland’s signature hot sauce, and The Legacy ($26), a homemade dry-aged sirloin burger made more decadent with a foie gras butter and a range of wild mushrooms and smoked bone marrow.
With early morning and late evening, Rosland’s hopes to become a meeting place for those in the hospitality industry who are excited after a night shift and need a place to go after losing their apron.
“We are excited to offer an early morning dining option where service customers, as well as our neighborhood customers, can sit down and enjoy a meal, fancy drink or mocktails once they have completed their night shift,” Don Cristopher said in a statement. “We felt that the area lacked an early morning establishment like Rosland’s that would allow all workers in the Washington Avenue corridor to have a traditional dining experience.”
Rosland’s full menu is available for lunch and dinner and late at night until the wee hours of the morning (with a separate menu available during breakfast service). It is open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Sundays.