By Joe Southern
In fact, there is no competition. They’re actually quite complimentary.
Vasos Bar-B-Q has been a Sugar Land staple for nearly 30 years. For the past few months, the owner of Vasos has been anonymously helping his sister start her own café.
Located next door to Vasos Bar-B-Q in what was the restaurant’s party room is Anonymous Artisan Bites and Coffee Bar. Frank Vasos made the space available to his sister, Patricia Pantazopoulos, to open the café.
The siblings are children of Greek immigrants and have spent their lives in the food and restaurant industry.
Vasos opened his restaurant in 1989 near the intersection of Dairy Ashford and Hwy. 90A. Over the years it has grown in service, selection and reputation. For Vasos, it’s all about quality.
“We try to buy the best meats and the best produce,” he said. “We make everything in-house.”
From his own barbecue sauce to his slow-cooked meats, beans, potatoes, fresh coleslaw. Greek salads, pecan pie and other side dishes, everything is prepared to Vasos’ exacting standards.
“The business has evolved into catering,” he said.
The restaurant employs about a dozen people throughout the year, but that expands to 50-60 people during the holidays when the catering business ramps up. The catering business has grown so much, in fact, that it even has its own website (www.vasoscatering.com).
The restaurant can seat around 100, depending on the use of outdoor seating. It used to be able to handle more with the party room that is now Anonymous.
Pantazopoulos and her husband Tasos Pantazopoulos run the little coffee shop and bakery.
“Tasos is the barista,” she said. “I do all of the baking. Everything is made from scratch.”
The coffee is an Italian gourmet brand named Lavazza and the food items are mostly Greek inspired.
The couple moved to Sugar Land from Greece where Patricia has a popular cooking show on television that continues to air there.
“It’s called Go Greek with Patricia,” she said.
Although she bakes traditional coffee shop staples, there is a decidedly Greek flair to her offerings.
“I’m very into promoting Greek cuisine,” she said.
As the restaurant grows, she hopes to expand her services to include a monthly dinner club complete with a five-course meal and Greek wines. She also wants to hold cooking classes at some point.
Just as Vasos built his restaurant on quality so has his sister. Although only open for a few months, the reputation it has built is keeping it anything but anonymous in Sugar Land.
As for the name, Patricia said it doesn’t mean anything. She said she and Tasos were trying to come up with a name but could not agree on one.
“We’ll just call it Anonymous,” she said.
She said the name alone gets people’s attention.
“It makes you think ‘what is that?’” she said.
What it is, is good food and coffee served in a cozy setting next door to some of the best barbecue in town.
9920 Hwy. 90-A, #D120
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Phone: (281) 242-8585
Fax: (281) 242-8584
Monday, Thursday, Saturday
11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Bites and Coffee Bar
9920 Highway 90-A, #D130
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Phone: (832) 886-4037
Fax: (832) 886-4109
Monday – Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.