Southern concept Craft Grill Breakfast Club offers array of breakfast items with a kick on Kuykendahl Road

Rafaela’s Chilaquiles ($10.99) include custom-prepared eggs accompanied by a house tomatillo salsa verde, fried tortilla chips, cheddar and cotija cheeses, pico de gallo, avocado, sour cream and cilantro. Meat can also be added. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Rafaela’s Chilaquiles ($10.99) include custom-prepared eggs accompanied by a house tomatillo salsa verde, fried tortilla chips, cheddar and cotija cheeses, pico de gallo, avocado, sour cream and cilantro. Meat can also be added. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Rafaela’s Chilaquiles ($10.99) include custom-prepared eggs accompanied by a house tomatillo salsa verde, fried tortilla chips, cheddar and cotija cheeses, pico de gallo, avocado, sour cream and cilantro. Meat can also be added. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Image description
The Breakfast Club's avocado toast ($8.99) includes two slices of multgrain bread topped with avocado, sliced tomato, eggs, cotija cheese, crumbled bacon, and crushed red pepper. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Image description
One of several Benedict options on the restaurant's menu, the fried green tomato and crab cakes Benedict ($16.99) features two crab cakes, two poached eggs and two fried green tomatoes served with remoulade and Cajun hollandaise sauces, and accompanied by fried potatoes topped with bell peppers, onions and herbs. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Image description
Craft Grill Breakfast Club's co-owners and co-founders, from left: Chris O'Donnell, Joe Copus, Patti Copus and Connie O'Donnell, with a visiting mascot. (Courtesy Connie O'Donnell)
Years after founding their Texas scratch kitchen Craft Grill just south of Creekside Park, co-owners Chris and Connie O’Donnell and Joe and Patti Copus brought a new, Southern-style concept to the area with the launch of Craft Grill Breakfast Club in January 2020.

Chris said he wanted to take advantage of a vacancy at the Kuykendahl Road plaza that has been home to the original Craft Grill since 2017, in addition to bringing a new slate of breakfast options to area diners.

“We wanted to be a true breakfast place,” Chris said. “As the menu grew, we just built around it because we had to do everything.”

Beginning with traditional breakfast items such as eggs, toast and hash browns, the restaurant’s owners built a new menu featuring a selection of specialized dishes alongside several varieties of waffles, Benedicts and omelets. Connie, who developed the Breakfast Club’s menu, said she also aimed to add a unique kick to many of the items in keeping with Craft Grill’s Southern inspirations.

“We kept all the recipes south of the Mason-Dixon line,” she said. “I wanted to have dishes on the menu so if you come here from Tennessee or Mississippi or Louisiana, you’ll recognize things on the menu that are your favorites.”

In addition to aiming for bold-tasting offerings, the O’Donnells said they also worked to ensure accessibility at the breakfast eatery.

“Whether it’s your grandmother or your 16-year-old daughter in this place, they’re going to feel comfortable,” Chris said. Connie also noted the restaurant’s ability to customize any homemade menu item to guests’ requests, which she said also brings a sense of comfort for anyone visiting the kitchen.

“When people come in ... we can tell them what’s in it because we have recipe books. ... It makes them feel good about the food they’re eating,” Connie said.

In addition to the restaurant’s various food offerings, the four owners also designed the space to host local events. Following the kitchen’s daily operating hours, the Breakfast Club can be used as a gathering space for dozens of visitors in afternoons and evenings, a service that is currently limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the team said they hope to expand it as greater capacity is permitted in the future. Full-service catering is available both at the Breakfast Club and off-site as well. While the Breakfast Club opened just two months before initial business closures related to the pandemic, the O’Donnells said adaptations and local community support kept them busy through the start of this year while anticipating more regular customers later in 2021.

“I love our guests and our staff and the neighbors who come in and supported us. Even when we were closed down, people would come in and say, ‘What can I buy to keep you guys in business?’” Connie said. “It was an extremely humbling experience.”


Craft Grill Breakfast Club

25219 Kuykendahl Road, Tomball

832-400-9800

Catering: 281-255-2396

www.craftgrillrestaurants.com/breakfast-club

Hours: Mon.-Sun. 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
By Ben Thompson
Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2019 and is a reporter for The Woodlands edition.


MOST RECENT

Houston City Hall in rainbow lighting
Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce celebrates five years of service

The organization is open to all and serves members throughout the Greater Houston area.

Montgomery County is set to receive its largest first-dose allocation during the week of March 1. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County set to receive largest vaccine allocation yet in first week of March

Nearly 20,000 vaccine doses were allocated to the county's two vaccine hubs and several additional providers for the week of March 1.

A coronavirus vaccine is given at Memorial Hermann's mass vaccine clinic Feb. 26. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Memorial Hermann closes out 2nd round of vaccines with 7,000 distributed among 2 clinics

The clinic will continue operations through 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

The new Fort Bend Epicenter multipurpose facility could be used as a spot for trade shows and sporting events, could act as a large-scale shelter for county residents in an emergency and more. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Large multipurpose complex coming to Fort Bend County; Sugar Land to widen University Blvd. and more top Houston-area news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Houston area.

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

The Woodlands Township board of directors met Feb. 24 to discuss items including winter storm recovery and a financial report. (Screenshot via The Woodlands Township)
The Woodlands officials criticize county officials over CARES Act funds management; commissioner fires back

The Woodlands Township board of directors criticized Montgomery County's methods of allocating federal coronavirus aid at the board's Feb. 24 meeting, calling the $244,000 the township received a "slap in the face."

Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather. (Community Impact staff)
Q&A: Greater Houston Builders Association President Keith Luechtefeld discusses power, plumbing, frozen pipes after Winter Storm Uri

Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather.

Harris County ESD No. 11 commissioners met for a meeting Feb. 25. (Courtesy Cypress Creek EMS)
Harris County ESD No. 11 begins construction process on new facility

District offiicials have said they hope Phase 1 of construction will be complete by August.

Winter Storm Uri led to closures across the Greater Houston area during the third week of February. (Courtesy Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County)
‘It’s been a rough year for us’: Expert explains economic effects of winter storm, ongoing pandemic in Houston region

“It's been a rough year for us economically; it's been a rough year for us public health wise. It's just been a rough year for us psychologically—first the coronavirus and then the freeze," said Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research with the Greater Houston Partnership.

Gracie Barra The Woodlands relocated to a new training center on Richards Road earlier this year. (Courtesy Gracie Barra The Woodlands)
New cosmetic services, MMA gym: 5 recent business updates in The Woodlands and northern Spring

Several businesses have recently opened in or relocated into The Woodlands area.

In addition to produce, Theiss Farms offers grass-fed beef. The family’s herd of cattle grazes in a pasture near the intersection of Spring Cypress and Stuebner Airline roads. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Theiss Farms Market owner on winter storm: 'I knew everything was going to die, and it did'

Nothing could have prepared local farmers for last week's winter storm, Theiss Farms Market co-owner Dwayne Theiss said.