Today on Swamplot our sponsor is PORTERS, a new restaurant planned for College Station that’s raising investment funds on the NextSeed crowdfunding platform. Thanks for the support!
PORTERS is now under construction at the focal point of Century Square, a 55-acre mixed-use development by Midway just across University Dr. from the main campus of Texas A&M University. PORTERS will sit on the ground floor of The George (a luxury boutique hotel from the Valencia Group), adjacent to a 9,000 sq.-ft. green that will anchor the development (at the center of the site plan, above). If this configuration reminds you somewhat of CityCentre in Houston, there’s a reason for that: CityCentre was developed by Midway, and it’s serving as a model for Century Square.
PORTERS is backed by Midway executives and the Chill Restaurant Group — general manager Charles Criswell and executive chef Bill Greenwood. They describe the restaurant as an “approachable, contemporary, and upscale eatery,” centered around a “wood-centric” grill and a craft butcher providing handcut steaks and chops to order. (That’s a rendering of the entry and butcher area at top.) The 6,000-sq.-ft. facility will include two 50-seat dining areas, a smaller private dining room, an outdoor patio, and additional seating in a bar area. You can find a whole lot more detail about the plans for this restaurant here.
If opening a restaurant like this in Bryan—College Station strikes you as an interesting idea, you’ll want to look into the PORTERS offering on NextSeed. NextSeed is a national crowdfunding platform that makes it easy to invest funds in local businesses and potentially see financial returns with monthly payments. PORTERS is just one of the offerings currently available to investors on NextSeed. Between its Texas affiliate and its newer national platform, NextSeed has facilitated more than $3 million in small business investments.
The minimum investment in a NextSeed offering is $100 (yes, you read that right) — and anyone can invest. Recent changes in the law now make it possible for people of all income levels to join entrepreneurs in creating new concepts for their cities (or the cities of their alma mater). NextSeed carefully reviews every deal before presenting an opportunity to investors on its website. On NextSeed, Houstonians are empowered to invest in local bars, restaurants, salons, and other places they’re excited about.
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