Today we’d like to introduce you to Paul Redmond.
Paul, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
After working in the Houston bar industry for over 10 years, I was encouraged by longtime patrons and friends to open a spot of my own that would embody the feeling of “family” that we had established over the years. I then happened to stumble upon a little “diamond in the rough” on the East side of downtown 3 years ago, with a great outdoor space and an incredible view of downtown Houston.
I spent 6 months completely transforming the place, along with help from friends – everything from hand building the bar top and every table and chair, to the interior/exterior paint and landscaping. “The New Potato” (which is an Irish idiom for the “new kid on the block”) officially opened its doors in July 2016 and has been building a unique community around it ever since.
Has it been a smooth road?
I think the biggest struggle has been the area we are located in – it has really only started to develop, making it more of a challenge to stay relevant in the eyes of potential customers. However, residents of the surrounding neighborhood, as well as our extended community, have been phenomenal in supporting us and spreading the word.
On the other hand, it also has been really amazing to be on the ground floor of a budding area and be able to grow and change with it along the way as it flourishes.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with The New Potato – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
At the New Potato, we pride ourselves on providing an intimate setting where getting to know one another is our utmost priority. Making sure that each customer experience is one they will cherish is something is a top priority for us. TNP is our home, and we want it to be yours, too.
We have 29 mostly local rotating beer taps, notable whiskey list and an excellent craft cocktail program created in-house by talented individuals that I am lucky to call my staff. We serve an array of 10-in. handcrafted pizzas, 7 days a week. and additionally, have regular food trucks/pop-ups many of those days as well. The local vendors that regularly pop-up weekly are second to none – and they’ve allowed for us to serve Sunday Brunch, have a Steak Night, serve crawfish when it is in season, and add items to our regular menu like gourmet burgers & dogs, tacos & wings.
Our outdoor backyard space is a perfect venue for private events – we’ve hosted everything from music festivals and fundraisers to beautiful weddings and receptions. One of the things The New Potato has also become known for is our incredible, unobstructed view of Downtown Houston. The sunsets are absolutely breathtaking.
Also, we’re dog-friendly!
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
The thing I like best about Houston are the Houstonians themselves. I’m originally from Dublin, Ireland and I’ve found that Houstonians are much like the Irish: welcoming & friendly. Overall, I feel that we share similar attitudes towards life in general.
There’s only one complaint I have about our city – the lack of scenery!
- Happy Hour M-F, 5-8pm: $1 off all Drink Menu Items
- Address: 3519 Clinton Dr., Houston, TX 77020
- Website: www.thenewpotatohouston.com
- Phone: (832) 649-5403
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @thenewpotatohouston
- Facebook: facebook.com/thenewpotatohouston
- Twitter: @TNPHouston
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-new-potato-houston
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