When the sun rises on December 31, the Houston Galleria is expecting a record-breaking number of visitors to its dining area, a venue that has been dubbed “the best restaurant in Houston.”
In its most recent year-end statistics, the restaurant’s attendance surpassed 1 million.
While its main attraction, the food, has already topped 3 million, the Galleria will continue to grow.
The restaurant’s owner, Paul and Jennifer Drysdale, hopes that the restaurant will continue growing in the future.
The Drysdales, who own and operate the Galleries, said that the Gallerie’s capacity will be expanded as the restaurant expands its dining areas.
“We are trying to make sure that we get our full complement of food to the Gallieras, and the Galliers, and we’re doing it as fast as we can,” Paul Drysdal said.
The Drysadles have been open for more than 40 years, and they are a family-owned business.
Their father, Paul, started his family-run business with a single restaurant in South Beach, Florida, but the business expanded to the Houston area in the late 1960s.
Paul Drysal said that he and his family have had a difficult time raising money for the restaurant, and that the Drysdsons struggled to find financing to keep the business afloat.
“It’s not easy to keep up with the growth of the restaurant and the restaurant is not going to be able to sustain itself,” Paul said.
“So, we’re trying to build a sustainable business and a sustainable culture,” Paul added.
The company hopes to add more dining areas to the restaurant.
A major renovation of the former Harris County Building is underway, and Paul said that they are hopeful that the new restaurant will be ready to open in 2018.
The Galleria also plans to open a restaurant and gallery at its new property, as well as a new fitness center and spa.