Houston, TX: Former food truck owner opening downtown restaurant

Flynt has rebranded his truck to use in conjunction with the new restaurant. (Photo: Contributed)

By Chloe Morrison  |  Nooga.com

Nathan Flynt opened his food truck in 2011. (Photo: Staff)
Nathan Flynt opened his food truck in 2011. (Photo: Staff)

Entrepreneur, chef and former Famous Nater’s food truck owner Nathan Flynt is working on a Houston Street brick-and-mortar restaurant that’s slated to open in March.

After being one of the first food trucks to hit the streets of Chattanooga, Flynt has rebranded the truck to use with the new restaurant, called 2 Sons Kitchen & Market. The name is a nod to Flynt’s two children—one who is 3 years old and the other who is 9 months old, he said.

“The goal was always to go to a storefront—that was one of the goals of the truck,” he said. “I had worked in a lot of kitchens and managed a few kitchens before, but I didn’t know how to run a business.”

Flynt, who has partners in his new venture, has worked under multiple James Beard award-winning chefs and as the opening chef of Public House.

In March 2015, he announced he wouldn’t participate in the year’s food truck season and said he was looking for restaurant space.

His new restaurant—open for breakfast and lunch—will be located at 1120 Houston St., where beer market Sturm Haus had been.

As he did with his food truck, Flynt will specialize in locally sourced ingredients and he’ll make menu items fresh-to-order and from scratch.

Two Sons will offer dine-in, to-go and home-meal replacement offerings. The restaurant will also host themed dinners, as well as be available for private parties and events.

The restaurant will create 10 to 12 jobs, and Flynt will be interviewing for experienced, guest and food-focused employees for his kitchen, as well as front of house staff.

Flynt has rebranded his truck to use in conjunction with the new restaurant.  (Photo: Contributed)
Flynt has rebranded his truck to use in conjunction with the new restaurant.
(Photo: Contributed)

Crews will remodel the space, and Flynt has engaged Billingsley Architecture to create an approachable and inviting area that will seat about 45 people.

“We are going to put our own spin on it,” he said. “It’s going to be a cozy breakfast spot and a bustling place for lunch.”

The years running the truck helped prepare him more for operating this business, he said. And he’s learned to ask for help in areas he isn’t as skilled in, he said.

The menu and the business will still carry Flynt’s vibe that he cultivated with Famous Nater’s.

“I’m going to leave the crazy at home, but we are still going to have some fun with the food,” he said. “It’s not going to be a boring deli sandwich; it’s still me.”

Flynt and real estate broker Gerald McCormick, who owns McCormick & Company, both said the area is ripe for new investment.

“The area around the Innovation District and Warehouse Row is gaining traction,” McCormick said in a prepared statement. “With so many new businesses and employees within a few blocks, the area needs a convenient, quick breakfast and lunch spot. We believe now’s the time to invest in the area, and we are thrilled to help connect Nate and his team with the space they need.”

http://nooga.com/172060/former-food-truck-owner-opening-downtown-restaurant/