With all the new fitness options in the area, it makes sense that a restaurant that caters to the health conscious wouldn’t be far behind.
Muscle Maker Grill is replacing Krisp Bird & Batter which closed its location at 2400 N Shepherd Dr. next to the under construction H-E-B. Muscle Maker was founded in 1995 and bills itself as an eatery that “provides its guests healthier versions of mainstream-favorite dishes.” Their website lists their clientele as “fitness enthusiasts, those starting their journey to a healthier lifestyle, and people trying to eat better while on-the-go.”
There are currently three franchise locations of Muscle Maker – one on San Felipe, one in Sugar Land and an outlet in the tunnels downtown with limited hours. All are owned independently. The Heights location is owned by Juan Pastrana who also owns La Salle Landscaping, which services more than 300 apartment complexes in the Houston area.
Annie Balest will be the general manager of the Heights location. Previously she was the general manager of Tony’s on Richmond. Balest has also been a manager and party coordinator at the now closed steakhouse Vallone’s, and before that she worked in Las Vegas on the Strip for six years opening several restaurants, including Jaleo by Jose Andres.
Balest says that the Heights is one of their favorite parts of town.
“We think that this type of restaurant and meal prep is missing from the area,” she said. “All of the food is made fresh to order and is delicious and healthy.”
Her favorite menu item is the “Godfather” – which is grilled chicken breast, roasted red peppers, balsamic, low fat mozzarella and broccoli.
“Keto, low carb, gluten free, delicious and very filling,” she said.
Muscle Maker Grill will also serve wine and beer and is projected to open in November.