December 5th, 2013 by Matt Hoffpauir
Barry Katz recalls watching his grandfather lean over the glass counter at his New York City deli to greet customers, an apron wrapped tightly around his waist. The aroma of fresh corned beef hung in the air.
Years later, Katz’s father opened the first Katz’s Deli & Bar in Austin on Sixth Street in 1979, which eventually closed in 2011. Hanging out at the iconic Austin eatery piqued Katz’s fascination with the restaurant business and fed the idea of opening his own.
Katz, now the owner of the 13-year-old Katz’s Deli & Bar on 616 Westheimer St. near Montrose, along with a Katz’s Express location in Conroe, said the company had one of its best years in 2012. So good, in fact, he has plans to expand and is scouting for a new Express location in the region.
“That’s an indicator of how we think 2013 is going to be for us. Our immediate growth will be in Houston but long term will be in the other major markets in Texas,” he said.
When he watches his two young daughters play in the restaurant, Katz says he knows things have come full circle.
“As a kid, I enjoyed learning to work, learning to wash dishes, being at the restaurant, learning to cook, just participating. My mom and dad always made it seem like fun. I wasn’t forced into it, it was more of an attraction,” he said. “My two girls love coming to the restaurant. I have no idea if they will go into the business, it’s too soon to tell, but right now, it’s like Disney World to them just like it was for me.”
Katz sat down with Houston Business Journal reporter Shaina Zucker to discuss his restaurant career and how his grandparents paved the way for his success.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
I’m absolutely passionate about the job, and I love people. I love the fact that it’s different every day. Being a restaurateur in this day and age is about being an entrepreneur, which I love. I enjoy being able to work on new menu items, doing marketing and managing. My day is constantly broken up, and I get to work on different projects.
Who’s the most interesting person to walk into your deli?
I’ve met the mayor, (Texas Gov.) Rick Perry, the former CEO of Continental Airlines, Tilman Fertitta (of Landry’s). When the Super Bowl was here, we met so many of the players. They always make their way to Katz’s.
Why keep the restaurant open 24 hours?
Actually, my dad did that in Austin. After two or three years, we were open until 2 or 3 in the morning. We’d also be open for breakfast at 8 or 9 in the morning. We were practically open 24 hours, so the demand was there.
What’s your favorite menu item?
Reuben sandwich. We do that better than anybody.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
A restaurateur in Austin many years ago told me to try to find the balance between personal time, and family time and work time. It’s never the kind of thing where you say, ‘I got it’ because the moment you think you’ve got it, it can elude you at that point. You have to continue every day to wake up and try to find the balance.
Who is your personal hero?
It’s a tie. It would really be both of my grandfathers. Both of them came as immigrants to this country. They were able to rise up and help their kids and grandkids to be successful — that’s the American Dream. And being able to do that, I think, makes you a hero. You meet a lot of people in this country who aren’t from here, and you see what challenges they face.
What is the best decision you’ve ever made?
Professionally, coming to Houston to open this restaurant. It’s a huge challenge, but a huge opportunity. Houston has been really good to me. It’s very embracing, and filled with wonderful people. Being a restaurateur is like being an artist, and Houston likes my art.
October 10th, 2012 by Matt Hoffpauir
Download our entire holiday menu (PDF) by clicking the image above.
The holidays are a time to enjoy your friends and loved ones – Not a time to spend worrying about preparing food. Let Katz’s Catering “wow” your guests with our amazing holiday desserts, appetizers and signature dishes.
Choose from our mouth watering desserts, such as strawberry cheesecake, tiramisu, key lime pie, and many other sweet favorites. If you just can’t decide, just order our gourmet dessert platter and enjoy a variety of gourmet desert bars, homemade brownies, and chocolate covered strawberries. This platter will serve up to 25 of your guests.
For your main course, we’ll prepare great holiday favorites such as turkey, Cornish game hen, stuffed chicken breast, pot roast, grilled salmon and many more, and all of the delicious sides that you’d expect to complete a great holiday dinner.
October 9th, 2012 by KatzsD
Our good friends from The Woodlands Eats came by Katz’s Express and wrote a great review.
“Katz’s Express has been in the Portofino Shopping Center since 2006, allowing area residents and visitors alike to enjoy Kosher-Style foods. As we normally do, we like to revisit area restaurants more than once in order to get a wider perspective of the food and service. For example, our first review of Katz’s in Shenandoah had come after having eaten there several times, but was less than spectacular.
So when Sandi Maslak, the Woodlands-area catering manager for Katz’s Express, and Barry Katz, owner of Katz’s Deli in Houston and Katz’s Express invited us out to have lunch and discuss their new Catering Menu – including the upcoming Holiday Catering selections, we thought it’d be as good of time as any to try a few new things at Katz’s.”
October 9th, 2012 by KatzsD
When you are a busy businessman or woman, your lunch can be the most precious time of day. A time which you deeply want to enjoy, and possibly a time when you can also get down to business with colleagues or clients. In both cases, Katz’s Deli can be your sanctuary.
We offer a wide variety of delicious menu items to satisfy your cravings, free WiFi to connect all of your devices, and large seating areas so the whole office can come join you, and don’t forget – If you are working on the north side, drop into our Katz’s Express location in The Woodlands to treat your co-workers and clients to a real New York style deli experience.
If You Can’t Plan Your Business Meeting At Katz’s, Don’t worry, We Cater!
We understand that many people are just too busy to get out and enjoy a good meal, so Katz’s Catering services is ready to deliver a delicious meal right your office. Contact one of our expert catering reps for more details, or just place your order online and we’ll handle the rest.
Make Katz’s your next business lunch destination and you will be pleasantly surprised.
September 14th, 2012 by KatzsD
Everybody says breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We took that quite literally, so we made it available ALL day and ALL night. Why be cut off by a silly time line? Be able to indulge in that important meal of the day 24 hours a day. Now that’s what’s important.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. You get the idea.
July 16th, 2012 by Matt Hoffpauir
Breakfast gets a bad rap – it can be known as one of the most boring meals of the day. Instead of plain old bagels or soggy cereal, hire Houston catering service Katz’s to help with your breakfast meetings and try something new! Katz’s is great for Houston catering!
We have all kinds of breakfast dishes that you and your people will love. Try our French Toast Breakfast, which consists of French Toast served with Scrambled Eggs and your choice of Beef, Bacon, or even Turkey Ham! Another American classic is the Pancake Breakfast, which is made of 3 fluffy silver dollar pancakes served with Scrambled Eggs and your choice of the aforementioned meats houston movers. Never fear, we have waffles too! What sounds better than Belgian Waffles with bananas and pecans, served with Scrambled Eggs and Bacon, Spicy Sausage, or Turkey Ham?
Katz’s also can cater homemade breakfast casseroles, which are one of a kind. Try the hearty bagel bake, the strawberry stuffed French toast, or even the country house breakfast!
If you’re wanting something a little bit more traditional, try the Kontinental Breakfast, which comes with Mini Muffins, Bagels, Danish and Flaky Croissants, seasonal Fruit, fresh squeezed Orange juice, cream cheese, and whipped butter and jelly! Or, for something heartier, o-rings the individual breakfast tacos are tasty as can be. They come with scrambled eggs, cheese and potato pancakes, with your choice of spicy sausage, beef bacon, or turkey ham. And at 1.99 each, you can’t go wrong!
November 14th, 2011 by Jenn Korell
With new cosmopolitan cocktails and an expanded beer and wine menu, our Katz’s Deli & Bar drinks menu boasts even more authentic New York taste. It includes 17 custom concoctions, ranging from martinis to Manhattans. Read the rest of this entry »
November 14th, 2011 by Jenn Korell
You know the feeling: you’ve just finished a tasty sandwich at one of the best lunch spots in Houston and now you’re craving something sweet to make your Houston deli experience complete.
Lisa’s Macaroons fit the bill — they’re yummy beyond belief and a perfect indulgent treat. The great news is, now you can make these amazing macaroons in your own kitchen!
We’ve broken into the recipe vault at Katz’s Houston Deli in order to bring you this great recipe! Enjoy!
Recipe For Lisa’s Macaroons.
11 cups shredded coconut
2 tbsp. vanilla extract
16 ounce of condensed milk
4 ounce scoop
1) mix shredded coconut, vanilla and condensed milk very thoroughly.
2) use the scoop and place on a floured greased sheet tray and bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 250 degrees.
3) While macaroons are baking check for desired brownness.
4) let cool, then enjoy!
Looking for more delicious treats? Stop by one of the best lunch spots in Houston and check out our dessert menu!
October 28th, 2011 by Matt Hoffpauir
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