July 23, 2014 (Houston, TX) — One of Houston’s most-anticipated summer openings, The Springbok opened this week. The grand opening of Springbok brings a taste of traditional South African fare and a rugby pub atmosphere to 711 Main Street in downtown Houston. Los Angeles restaurateur Peter Walker and Boxer Property CEO Andrew Segal have partnered in the venture along with executive chef Seth Greenburg.
The Springbok will host a 100-patron dining room, as well as two patios and a cocktail lounge to accommodate 60-80 more people in a comfortable and friendly environment. Named after a native South African antelope and their national rugby team, the eatery boasts a menu of grilled and seasoned game. To accentuate the South African theme and love for rugby, the full-restaurant-length bar features mounts of African animals and plenty of screens to watch rugby as well as all other sports.
Conveniently located at a hub of Houston downtown activity, the Springbok is right on the Houston METRO light rail and joins the ranks of local area favorites Flying Saucer, Venue nightclub, Hearsay, El Big Bad and Pastry War.
The restaurant opens a new chapter in the entrepreneurial tradition of the 700 block of Main Street; the Springbok is located next to the historical JPMorgan Chase Building and the Houston Bar Center at 723 Main. The Houston Bar Center was not only headquarters to Jesse Jones and the National Bank of Commerce, but also the incubator for Vinson & Elkins LLC, which still offices nearby in downtown Houston.
Other thriving business ventures currently in the area include the new JW Marriott hotel, the Magnolia hotel, Anadarko Petroleum, Frost Bank, Houston American Energy Corporation, BG Group, Citigroup, Endeavour International, Spero Oil & Gas, Castleton Commodities, Reed Smith, Baker Hostetler, Shell Oil and KPMG advisory services.
About the Springbok
Peter Walker and Robin McLean, two South Africans hailing from Cape Town and Durban, founded the original Springbok in Los Angeles in 2003. They were seeking to fulfill the need for a sports bar with exceptional food that showcases the cultural diversity of Southern Hemisphere foods while creating a fantastic, comfortable and friendly environment to watch rugby, cricket, soccer and American football and baseball.