Peli Peli, an award-winning South African restaurant concept whose locations are both ranked in the top 5 in Houston according to Tripadvisor, has signed a lease for the first Peli Peli Kitchen, a new fast-casual concept focusing on South African and American comfort foods.
The first Peli Peli Kitchen will occupy a 3,535 square-foot end-cap space in the Gateway at Spring Valley project developed by Houston-based Ersa Grae Corp. Located on the northeast corner of Campbell and Interstate 10 at 9090 Katy Freeway, Peli Peli Kitchen plans to open by Spring 2016.
“Peli Peli Kitchen will allow us to bring our culture and our flavors to a more casual setting that’s perfect for families and those wanting a quick bite,” states partner and Executive Chef Paul Friedman. “Our menu will feature items ranging from $8 to $18, so hopefully it will encourage our customers to eat with us every day.”
Chef Paul Friedman’s menu for Peli Peli Kitchen features comfort foods with all-natural, fresh ingredients such as burgers, tacos, sandwiches and plates that incorporate Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, and Indian cuisines – the melting pot of South Africa. A “sauceologist” will help customers pair the right sauce to complement their meal, and hospitality specialists will assist customers with orders, drinks and table maintenance. For drinks, customers will be able to enjoy Peli Peli’s private label wines from South Africa along with local craft beers.
Peli Peli opened its first location in Houston at the Vintage Park Shopping Center in April 2009. Its second location, located inside of the Houston Galleria Mall, opened in April 2015. Owners Paul Friedman, Michael Tran and Thomas Nguyen state that they are currently seeking additional locations for both Peli Peli and Peli Peli Kitchen concepts in Katy and the Woodlands, along with potential opportunities in Austin and Dallas.
Peli Peli, with locations at 110 Vintage Park Blvd, Houston, TX, 77070 and The Galleria at 5085 Westheimer Rd,Houston, TX, 77056, features South African cuisine by Executive Chef Paul Friedman. The restaurant has received numerous awards, including 2013 Chef of Chefs Award Winner at Wine & Food Week in The Woodlands and Top 100 Best Reviewed American Fare Restaurants in the U.S. by Opentable®, among others.