Original owners’ grandson restores roll-throwing restaurant, Potatoe Patch, to former glory

Richard Andrews, grandson of Potatoe Patch’s original owners, Richard and Caroline Schaffer, took ownership of the restaurant in August. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Richard Andrews, grandson of Potatoe Patch’s original owners, Richard and Caroline Schaffer, took ownership of the restaurant in August. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

Richard Andrews, grandson of Potatoe Patch’s original owners, Richard and Caroline Schaffer, took ownership of the restaurant in August. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

Image description
The chicken-fried chicken ($11.90) is smothered in gravy and a patron’s choice of two sides, such as mac ‘n’ cheese and coleslaw. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Image description
A designated roll thrower walks throughout the restaurant tossing homemade rolls to patrons upon request. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Image description
The sirloin steak ($12.90) is served alongside mashed sweet potatoes. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
More than three decades after his grandparents first opened Potatoe Patch, Richard Andrews took ownership in August and has since been working to restore the restaurant where he grew up to its former glory.

Known to the Greater Houston area as the “home of throw’d rolls,” Potatoe Patch was first opened by Richard and Caroline Schaffer in 1988. While the eatery was originally located in a shopping center farther down the road, Andrews said his grandparents moved the restaurant to its present location on FM 1960 in 2004.

“I grew up here,” Andrews said. “I started off rolling silverware when I was 7 years old.”

After his grandfather died in 2010, Andrews said the restaurant became fairly mismanaged, which is why he decided to step in and buy the restaurant earlier this year.

“I’ve changed everything back to the way my grandpa did it,” he said. “We’ve got better-quality products, better staff and just since August, we’re already got between 28-38% more business than we had last year at this time.”


The eatery features Southern country cooking with dishes including chicken-fried steak, chicken and dumplings, catfish, and pork chops.

“I’ve added some really good steaks to the menu including a black Angus New York strip,” he said. “I’ve got people that come two or three days a week just for that.”

Capitalizing on the tweaks he has already made to the menu, Andrews is planning a complete overhaul of the menu in January as well as a host of renovations to the building itself.

Having served nine years in the U.S. Navy, Andrews said he also offers discounts to first responders, active-duty military and veterans, with plans of adding teacher discounts in the future. Additionally, Andrews said he hopes to open more locations in the Greater Houston area and continue the roll-throwing tradition for generations to come.

“You get to make people happy, and this was my grandfather’s legacy, so it’s good to see that continue, and I’ll be able to build something for my daughter,” he said. “I want to keep this in the family.”

Potatoe Patch

2020 FM 1960, Houston

281-443-3530

www.facebook.com/potatoepatch

Hours: Sun.-Thu. 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.



MOST RECENT

At the Sept. 14 Harris County Commissioners Court meeting, County Administrator David Berry, top left, presents proposed tax rates to commissioners Jack Cagle and Tom Ramsey, Judge Lina Hidalgo, and commissioners Adrian Garcia and Rodney Ellis. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County commissioners propose lower tax rates with split vote

While the proposed tax rate is lower than the current rate, tax payers may actually end up paying more since the values of homes statewide increased this year, according to County Administrator David Berry.

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough tours the COVID-19 antibody infusion center that opened Aug. 16.
(Courtesy Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough on Facebook)
Federal policy change reduces COVID-19 antibody treatment drugs coming to Montgomery County infusion center

A change in how the federal government distributes the monoclonal antibody treatment means a change for regional antibody centers administering treatments.

About 62% of Harris County residents ages 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County commissioners terminate $11 million Elevate Strategies vaccine outreach contract

“There’s absolutely nothing done here that was in any way deviating from the most adequate protocols, and what is sad … [is] that the COVID response is being politicized." -Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo

Based on a home value of $200,000, the proposed tax rate would result in property tax rate savings of about $75. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Klein ISD officials propose lowest property tax rate in 11 years for FY 2021-22

The Klein ISD board of trustees will hold a public hearing on the proposed tax rate Oct. 12 at 6 p.m.

Shelters around Houston opened to help those affected by Hurricane Nicholas on Sept. 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Shelters open to aid those affected by Hurricane Nicholas

Shelters have been opened by the American Red Cross to help those in need following the storm.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said there are currently no reported injuries or fatalities from Tropical Storm Nicholas. (Screenshot courtesy Facebook)
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo encourages residents to stay off roads, reports no fatalities due to Tropical Storm Nicholas

Hidalgo also said she expects all Harris County COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites to be open Sept. 15.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County on Sept. 14 resumed limited services. (Courtesy Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County)
METRO operating on limited service in aftermath of Hurricane Nicholas

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County on Sept. 14 resumed limited services.

Hundreds of thousands are without power after Tropical Storm Nicholas made landfall. (Courtesy CenterPoint Energy)
UPDATED: Some CenterPoint customers may be without power for days following Hurricane Nicholas damage

As of 6:37 p.m. Sept. 14, more than 120,000 remaiined without power across the Greater Houston area.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an emergency disaster declaration Sept. 13 for 17 Texas counties ahead of Tropical Storm Nicholas. (Courtesy office of Gov. Greg Abbott)
Gov. Abbott issues disaster declaration for 17 counties due to Tropical Storm Nicholas

The governor held a briefing where he also provided an update to the state’s response to the storm.

All Harris County residents should be sheltering indoors by 6 p.m., Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo urged during a press conference Sept. 13, as Tropical Storm Nicholas approaches the Texas Gulf Coast. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Hidalgo urges Harris County residents to stay indoors after 6 p.m. Sept. 13 as Tropical Storm Nicholas approaches

All Harris County residents should be sheltering indoors by 6 p.m., Judge Lina Hidalgo announced the afternoon of Sept. 13 as Tropical Storm Nicholas approaches the Texas Gulf Coast.

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic has announced it is closing all of its Houston-area locations due to the incoming Tropical Storm Nicholas. (Courtesy Kelsey-Seybold)
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic closes all Houston-area locations due to Tropical Storm Nicholas

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic has announced it is closing all of its Houston-area locations due to the incoming Tropical Storm Nicholas.