Creekwood Grill owners honor legacy of Cypress landmark


A feed store that opened in 1940 has served as a grocery store, a Mexican restaurant and multiple burger eateries before its current iteration—a neighborhood hangout called Creekwood Grill, which opened on Telge Road in August 2018.

Mark McShaffry, who has owned The Backyard Grill on Jones Road for 18 years, and Brian Sandel, who formerly owned a Raising Cane’s franchise in Cy-Fair, teamed up to open Creekwood Grill after nearly two years of planning.

In spring 2018, the business partners learned the historic building—a location of The Shack Burger Resort at the time—would be going up for sale.

“When I heard that this building might be available, I jumped all over it,” Sandel said.

He said he remembers frequenting the restaurant in the 1980s when it was home of P.O.’s Burgers, and he wanted Creekwood Grill to have a similar atmosphere for Cypress families.

“We wanted to do something that people had never seen at this location before, but at the same time, still recognize the legacy,” he said. “There are people that are coming in here now with their kids that we have pictures of at age 8 on a baseball plaque. P.O.’s was always where [Little League teams] had their after parties.”

Creekwood Grill even highlights the building’s history on the menu—which includes burgers, sandwiches, tacos, salads, chicken tenders and chicken-fried steak. With nearly 40 taps, the eatery also specializes in craft beer.

Since taking ownership, McShaffry and Sandel said they have improved the facility with playground upgrades, remodeled the second floor as an event space, hosted local musicians and expanded from counter service to a full-service operation.

Upcoming plans include covering the outdoor patio and remodeling the original P.O.’s building.

“[Restoring] P.O.’s is a pretty big undertaking,” McShaffry said. “We want to bring it back to the way it looked as P.O.’s.”

12710 Telge Road, Cypress
Hours: Tue.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., closed Mon.

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Danica Smithwick
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She covers public education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development, nonprofits and more in the Cy-Fair community.
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