SwitcHouse Plates & Pours pays homage to Spring’s history as a railroad switchyard

The SwitcHouse Burger ($18) features a Texas wagyu beef patty with regionally sourced cheddar served on a pretzel roll bun. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
The SwitcHouse Burger ($18) features a Texas wagyu beef patty with regionally sourced cheddar served on a pretzel roll bun. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)

The SwitcHouse Burger ($18) features a Texas wagyu beef patty with regionally sourced cheddar served on a pretzel roll bun. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The Pan-Seared Verlasso Salmon ($28) comes with a raspberry and chipotle glaze, butter-poached crabmeat and roasted potatoes. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Gulf Coast Mac N Cheese ($16) includes andouille sausage with locally sourced cheeses and butter-poached crab. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Aaron Hyman became general manager of SwitcHouse Plates & Pours in July. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
SwitcHouse Plates & Pours’ upscale dining service plays on themes of wood, iron and smoke, inspired by Spring’s history as a railroad switchyard in the early 1900s.

The restaurant, located on the ground floor of the Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village, mostly caters to employees who work for the large companies in the area: ExxonMobil, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Southwestern Energy Co. and ABS Group. The restaurant opened in October 2018 and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with upscale Texas-style food, such as the SwitcHouse Burger, Pan Seared Verlasso Salmon and Gulf Coast Mac N Cheese.

Whether a customer is an everyday commuter or at CityPlace on a business trip, SwitcHouse General Manager Aaron Hyman—who joined the restaurant staff in July—said his goal is to build rapport with his clientele.

“[Hospitality] is a very challenging industry, but ... if I can make someone that’s away from their family ... not even realize they’re away, then I’ve done my job,” Hyman said.

Hyman said he credits the restaurant’s service to his team, which has grown to more than 30 people.


For out-of-towners who visit the restaurant, Hyman said SwitcHouse gives them a taste of what Texas has to offer, as many of the ingredients in both the dishes and the drinks are regionally sourced. Adding to the ambience, the decor of the restaurant also pays homage to Spring’s legacy as a railroad community.

From the train-shaped bar to the old-fashioned train schedule, Spring’s history as a major switchyard in the early 1900s is reflected on the walls of SwitcHouse through historical photographs of train conductors, railroad workers and Texas maps.

“It’s strong to keep to those roots,” Hyman said. “So, when you have individuals that are coming from outside, they get a flair of Texas.”

SwitcHouse Plates & Pours

1200 Lake Plaza Drive, Spring

281-350-4000, ext. 4911

www.switchousecityplace.com

Hours: Mon.-Thu. 6 a.m.-midnight, Fri. 6 a.m.-1 a.m., Sat.-Sun. 7 a.m.-1 a.m.
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