New laid-back bar creates major edge in Garden Oaks with special sips

Residents of Garden Oaks will soon have a new place to enjoy craft beer in a casual environment. upside down ad will open August 9 in the former Tres Amigos space at 3402 N. Shepherd Dr.

First announced in the spring, husband-and-wife owners Andy and Paige Lujan have moved to Houston in order to open a neighborhood pub. Paige, who will be the bar’s managing partner, has 13 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including opening craft beer bars in California and co-founding the Artisinal Brewers Collective, a group of 15 bars, restaurants and breweries in Southern California. Andy is a former army ranger who will provide back-end support at the bar.

Working with Executive Chef David Browne, Upside will serve food for lunch, dinner and late nights with weekend brunch and happy hour menus to follow. The dishes are inspired by the couple’s roots in California and the East Coast.

A meal at Upside can start with boiled peanuts, wings, queso, or potato dumplings (served with applesauce and sour cream). Appetizers include a shrimp roll, bacon-wrapped brisket hot dog, melted pastry, and a California-style burrito filled with carne asada, fries, and cheese.

The beverage offering starts with 14 taps that focus on Houston craft brewers like Saint Arnold, 11 Below, Holler, and Equal Parts, but also includes Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Pale Ale and Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Germany. Canned and bottled beers will add depth to more obscure styles. Non-beer drinkers can opt for wine or two cocktails on tap.

The TVs will show all local teams as well as special events like English Premier League matches and F1 races. Board games and shuffleboard will also be available.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to open a facility in our community,” Paige Lujan said in a statement. “Every neighborhood deserves a neighborhood pub, and after a lot of hard work, paint stained t-shirts and learning about plumbing on YouTube, we’re finally ready to bring this pub to the Garden Oaks-Oak Forest neighborhood. “

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