In every city, village and town the “common bond” that everyone shares is the love of good food. From this idea, Common Bond Bistro & Bakery was opened in May 2014 in Houston’s Montrose area.
Since then, the company has opened multiple locations across the city. Recently, they opened their third drive-through style bakery — and their largest to date — at the Marq’E Shopping Center in the Spring Branch Management District.
Common Bond On-the-Go Marq’E is located at 7680 Katy Freeway. The menu showcases Common Bond’s signature cookies, pastries and croissants, as well as a “grab ‘n go” savory menu that includes breakfast items, sandwiches and salad bowls.
“We love the Spring Branch area and hope to add additional locations in the area in the future. We have a lot of fans in the area who requested that we come,” Common Bond CEO George Joseph said this week.
The 2,925-square-foot eatery located in the southwest corner of the Marq’E near Silber is bright and cheerful. Upon entering, the smells pull you to the counter, where you can order fresh breads, desserts that are as tasty as they are beautiful and fresh savory items like a Braised Beef Po’ Boy topped with a horseradish coleslaw and served on freshly baked French bread. Or maybe you would prefer the Texas Club Croissant — layers of smoked turkey, applewood smoked bacon, tomato, Swiss cheese, avocado, butter lettuce and a perfect peppercorn aioli.
The breakfast menu, featuring an assortment of croissant sandwiches, quiche bites and a healthier option — yogurt, berries and granola, is served weekdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and weekends 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Be sure to save room for desserts like the Lemon Gateau. Or, maybe make dessert your meal. The Boston Cream Kugelhopf pairs perfectly with a strong cup of coffee.
Speaking of coffee, Common Bond offers a full-service coffee bar, featuring Katz Coffee, as well as sodas and even canned wine. The eatery is open until 7 p.m. daily.
While the drive-through concept and “on-the-go” name implies you should pick up your food and go, there is ample room to meet a friend or organize a work meeting or celebrate a special occasion. While all items are boxed and bagged “to go,” just grab a seat — and a set of pre-wrapped plastic utensils from the staff — if you would like to linger at the cafe and enjoy your goodies in-house.
Common Bond is just one of several new tenants to have signed leases at the Marq’E this year, said Levcor Leasing and Events Director Nina Kuhn, as the shopping center plans to break ground on a major renovation in the second quarter of 2022.
“In addition to the building renovations, we will also deliver a completely reimagined common area program comprised of a connected vibrant urban space with a large-scale plaza in front of the theater, activated green space, interactive play areas, vibrant landscape, outdoor seating, shading, public art, improved lighting, wayfinding and recreational programming,” Kuhn said. “All phases will be complete by mid-2023.”
Besides Common Bond, other new tenants include Escape it Houston, Little Beakers Science Lab for Kids and Selfie World.
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is also currently open for a pop-up exhibit in a space where the Marq’E is planning to build an approximately 40,000-square-foot entertainment building.
Common Bond On-the-Go Marq’E
7680 Katy Freeway
On-the-Go Marq’E is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
— by Dorothy Puch Lillig