The Annex Crafthouse in Vintage Park welcomes sports fans, dinner dates alike

Owner Reese Kimball opened The Annex Crafthouse in Vintage Park in September 2019. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)
Owner Reese Kimball opened The Annex Crafthouse in Vintage Park in September 2019. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)

Owner Reese Kimball opened The Annex Crafthouse in Vintage Park in September 2019. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Blackened Snapper ($24): A fillet of snapper is drizzled with lemon beurre blanc sauce and served with Brussels sprouts and roasted potatoes. (Courtesy the Annex Crafthouse)
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Crafthouse Sliders ($12.75): Four mini pretzel buns are topped with smoked brisket, barbecue sauce, coleslaw and onion strings. (Courtesy the Annex Crafthouse)
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Street Tacos ($10): Three corn tortillas are stuffed with the patron’s choice of brisket, chicken, shrimp or jackfruit, and topped with onions and cilantro. (Courtesy the Annex Crafthouse)
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Brisket quesadilla ($13): A flour tortilla is filled with smoked brisket, mixed cheeses, bacon and pico de gallo. (Courtesy the Annex Crafthouse)
An outdoor patio, a maze of pipes keeping draft beer at exactly 29.3 degrees and Texas-themed decor are key features of the Annex Crafthouse at Vintage Park—a locale that represents the perfect balance of game night and date night, owner Reese Kimball said.

“I had a concept that I wanted ... you can come into the Annex, and you can have a nice sit-down date dinner, or you can come in and sit at the bar and get wings and beer, and watch a game,” Kimball said.

The eatery opened in September 2019 and serves American and Tex-Mex-style food, such as wings, street tacos and brisket quesadillas, as well as cocktails and brews. The restaurant’s name, Kimball said, is a nod to Texas’ 1845 annexation into the U.S.

Kimball, who worked in Texas restaurants back in the 1980s and 1990s, said he has fond memories of the industry, which is one of the reasons he decided to open his own restaurant.

“I always enjoyed the business. ... I love going to work, I love working with people, I love talking a lot and so it’s kind of in my DNA,” he said.


Working alongside business partner George Norrell, Kimball said the duo prides itself on creating a positive atmosphere for both customers and staff.

“If your environment isn’t a positive one, people aren’t going to come,” he said. “So we try to focus on our culture for our employees here. ... [Management] does a great job of promoting that culture.”

Kimball said his favorite part of his job is interacting with customers and working with management to ensure every patron is satisfied with their visit.

“Every Saturday night that we fill up or every Friday that we fill up, and I walk around, and I see people smile, and I see people happy ... that just really makes my day,” Kimball said.

The Annex Crafthouse

122 Vintage Park Blvd., Ste. A, Houston

713-909-3051

www.annexcrafthouse.com

Hours: Mon. 3-10 p.m.; Sun., Tue.-Thu. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight
By Emily Lincke

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

Emily joined Community Impact Newspaper in August 2021 after working for a small town newspaper in El Campo, TX for two years. Before that, she interned and freelanced for the Houston Chronicle and worked as a freelance photographer and writer in the Houston area. A controversial fact about Emily is that she prefers sugar cookies over chocolate chip cookies. She graduated with a print journalism degree from the University of Houston in 2018.



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