In October 2020, the owners of Papa’s Icehouse sold the location to Butler and Weaver, who set about renovations before launching their own take on the venue in May. Since then, the two said it has been a nonstop ride for Sawyer Park Icehouse, which has hosted numerous concerts and events.
“Not a lot of places stay open for 20 years, especially in the restaurant and bar industry,” Weaver said, referring to Papa’s Icehouse. “We want to keep that legacy going, whether it is a new name or not.”
Weaver said the public has welcomed Sawyer Park Icehouse “with open arms” and strong attendance to the events hosted at the bar and grill.
“We have had some big concerts that have had up to 1,500 people in here,” Weaver said.
Butler said the business focuses heavily on being an indoor and outdoor music venue featuring Texas country artists but plans to expand live offerings into rock and roll.
However, Butler noted having 17,000 square feet of indoor space and around one-quarter-acre of outdoor space allows a lot of flexibility for what customers need.
“We have hosted wedding showers, baby showers, retirement parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties. ... You name it; we host it,” Butler said.
The owners said they have an event coordinator on staff available to help organize events for those wishing to reserve the space.
Updating the space
Butler and Weaver said they have updated the location with some more modern touches, such as a mural depicting The Woodlands and a decorated wall where guests can take “Instagram-worthy” pictures. Volleyball and horseshoe spaces were replaced with a Jumbotron, astroturf and outdoor seating.
“We wanted to add something totally different that the area does not have,” Butler said.
Because of its size, if required to decrease capacity during the pandemic, the venue could still house 150 people, the owners said.
“It is a place for anybody to come to and have any kind of event,” Butler said.
Sawyer Park Icehouse
314 Pruitt Road, Spring
Hours: Mon.-Wed., Sun.: 11 a.m.-midnight; Thu.: 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Fri.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-2 a.m.