In Texas, The Woodlands Velvet Taco debuts as chain’s 31st

Sixth Houston-area store debuts as fast casual readies more openings in Texas, Oklahoma, Carolinas in 2022

The trendy Velvet Taco chain will debut a new restaurant in The Woodlands, Texas within the Houston Metro area. The new location at 9120 Gosling Road marks the fast casual chain’s 31st overall location. In addition, the new store, opening February 7, marks the 6th location in the Metro Houston area.

Velvet Taco’s 31st restaurant

The 2,950 square-foot dining room and 580 square-foot patio at The Woodlands Velvet Taco will welcome local guests. It is the most recent opening in Texas, with several other locations opening in Texas, Oklahoma and the Carolinas this year.

A menu of scratch-prepared tacos includes Spicy Tikka Chicken, Cuban Pig and the highly-differentiated Chicken & Waffle. Plus, the beverage menu features Mexican beer, fruit-infused iced teas and cocktails, like the signature Kick Ass Margarita.

“The decision to bring Velvet Taco to The Woodlands was an easy one–with an abundance of upwardly mobile residents and the community having an energetic lifestyle, it was a natural fit for our brand,” says Clay Dover, Velvet Taco chief executive and taco maker. “Velvet Taco can deliver on the high dining and lifestyle standards the community expects and deserves. Our menu and electric vibe will become a gathering place for all members of this community.”

The dining room has been “filled with a mix of modern, quirky and collected furnishings—features hand-painted interior and exterior murals by Houston-based Eyeful Art Murals and designs,” according to a statement. Essentially, these were used in a nod to The Woodlands’ extensive parks and greenery. In addition, a portrait of Marie Antoinette joins in the décor as focal point. Laura Shull painted the commissioned artwork.

At Woodlands Velvet Taco, Laura Shull painted the commissioned artwork, serving as a focal point for the whole interior design package
Marie Antoinette eating red velvet cake, a portrait by Laura Shull. Photo by Velvet Taco.

The Woodlands Velvet Taco will open with 104 total indoor and outdoor seats.

Weekly Taco Features

Weekly Taco Features (WTF) spotlight different globally-inspired preparations. They also serve as an interesting line of rotating tacos, increasing trial and repeat guest visits. There is something new each week.

  • February 7 to 15: Chicken Cordon Bleu – crisp tenders, honey ham, honey Dijon, gruyere, white queso and chives in a flour tortilla
  • February 16 to 22: Pork Belly al Pastor – crispy pork belly, adobo butter sauce, annatto crema, grilled red onions, avocado, grilled pineapple and micro cilantro in a corn tortilla
  • Feb. 23 to 29: Italian Sub – capocollo, peperoni, salami, ham, provolone cheese, sweet Italian vinaigrette, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo crema in a flour tortilla
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The Woodlands Velvet Taco, 9120 Gosling Road, The Woodlands, TX 77381

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