Fort Worth celebrity chef Tim Love had only five days in March 2020 to tempt the tastebuds of Houstonians hungry for his renowned barbecue, burgers and breakfast when COVID-19 shut down his fledgling Levy Park operation. While the Woodshed Smokehouse in the Upper Kirby green space reopened in June, it took until last week for Love Shack and Side Dough to return and for the smokehouse to eliminate any capacity restrictions.

On Friday, the chef himself was in Houston to celebrate the three eateries which are scattered across the park in three different locales and to introduce his new chef de cuisine Brian Mottola, who has worked under such famed chefs at New Orleans’ Emeril Lagasse and New York’s Michael Lomonaco.

“The fires are stoked, the beer and cocktails are chilled, and the burgers are sizzling,” Love says. “Thank you, Houston, for letting us join your great city.”

The Woodshed Smokehouse

Love has been quoted more than once as loving all things “wood grilled, roasted, steamed, and slow cooked.”

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