The menu also lends itself to bringing people together with a host of sharable items. Daily Gather has brunch boards that serve four to six people so guests can try different things with the people at their table. Lyons says the restaurant has more shareables than main entrees, further emphasizing its connective aim.
With a lot of people still working virtually, Lyons says corporate companies in the area use Daily Gather’s private dining room for events in order to maintain a company culture despite the distance. He also says the patio serves as a space people use for events like baby and bridal showers.
The mixed-use development in west Houston that houses Daily Gather is home to offices and coworking spaces, as well as an apartment complex within walking distance.
“As far as West Houston goes, this is like a downtown,” Lyons says. “It is a central point for people to go and shop and eat and workout. It's a really great atmosphere for us and it attracts a lot of our target market for sure.”
That target market Lyons is talking about is mostly corporate people and stay-at-home moms for lunch, but shifts to date nights and larger group gatherings at dinner.
“It's a really, really good mix of folks,” Lyons says. “It's exactly what we wanted and what we were planning for.”
When it comes to staffing a concept like this, Lyons says it is always challenging. In the case of Daily Gather, the large space was the most significant obstacle when hiring. Lyons says because they have as many seats outside as they do inside, they need a lot of servers.