WHO RUNS THIS JOINT?
Troy: Tallegio and aged cheddars
Melissa: Anything blue or buttery
FAVORITE MENU ITEM:
Troy: My Big Fat Reuben
Melissa: Turkey Brie & Apple
The Cheese Bar & Grill was created by Troy and Melissa Boyce. Having moved to Houston from Pittsburgh, PA in 2014, they noticed that there was no place nearby to get some good cheese. And when Troy was laid off from his job in November 2015, the seed was planted to run their own business and bring a little foodie love to Houston. They wanted to provide not only great quality, artisanal cheeses and meats, but also offer some upscale casual menu items along with wine and beer. The shop has a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere, and welcomes both cheese aficionados and those whose only knowledge of cheese has been that it’s orange, square and wrapped in plastic. :)
Troy has a long history in both the restaurant and cheese industry. He managed several Outback Steakhouses in California and Pennslyvania (go Steelers!), and headed up two of the largest retail grocery cheese departments in the Pittsburgh area. He also oversaw the opening of an independent cheese shop as part of an expansion to an Italian restaurant. Troy is the manager of the shop and places customer service and good team leadership as top priorities.
Melissa was introduced to good cheese and wine living close to the Napa Valley and also through her work in the travel industry.
Troy and Melissa have one daughter,three dogs, five cats, a guinea pig and whole lot of dust bunnies! When they have free time (which, let's be honest, no longer exists since they opened the shop!), they enjoy building furniture and support animal rescue efforts by fostering.