O’Donnell/Snider Construction was hired to partner with Colorado-based BOSS.architecture to bring Owner/Chef Troy Guard’s vision to life, creating a restaurant that would tantalize his customer’s tastebuds and eyes with unique menu choices, ingredients, and ambiance. The modern steakhouse, a TAG Restaurant Group’s first venture outside of Denver, Colorado, occupies two-levels in Brookfield’s One Allen Center, a building situated in the heart of downtown Houston’s central business district and fully maximizes over 15,000 square feet of space.
The new Guard and Grace location is nearly twice the original location’s size while capturing all its charm and high-end finishes. Overall, the restaurant seats 236, with seating for 188 in the main dining room, 36 at the full-service bars, and 12 in the private “Board Room.” Upstairs features another private dining room that seats an additional 88 patrons. A distinctive facet of the second level is its ability to be partitioned into three rooms, each fitted with its own television. Other defining features include a luxury grand metal stairway, a ceiling encompassed with 4,600 fiberglass faux brass rods, three interior bars with black walnut wood, and a two-story temperature-controlled wine cellar with a 16-foot-tall sliding “library ladder.” The wine cellar can store nearly 7,000 bottles of wine and has wine lockers, allowing guests to store their own bottles. The restaurant’s design expands to the building’s exterior and includes a 4,000 square-foot outdoor patio with two fireplaces, a bar, and beautiful hardscaping.