By Hugo Zagaria
Our first LSRPCA Member’s Spotlight is Brian Southwell who has been making his customer’s smile after enjoying one of the best burgers in town for over 30 years.
Brian graduated from the Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant in the mid-1980’s. At the time, the economy in the USA was shaky and there were few job opportunities in the Houston area. Brian’s Father suggested he should start his own business instead. He looked around for business opportunities and then in 1986 he started the first Southwell’s Hamburger Grill in Houston.
Today he owns four restaurant locations around Houston, with the plan to continue growing in areas that make sense to bring good opportunities to his organization, and good food to customers. Brian doesn’t have a business partner – it is just him – so he gets to make the decisions.
People love to go to Southwell’s Grill! The food is always fresh and the meat is never frozen. Hamburgers are cooked to each customer taste.
Besides being “Mr. Hamburger”, Brian started back in the late 1980’s to collect great looking Porsche’s. He has loved them since he was a young boy. He bought his first Porsche in 1986, a 1984 Porsche 911 Coupe.
Presently Brian owns a 1959 Porsche 356, a 1965 Porsche 356 SC, 1972 Porsche 911 T, 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera, 2003 Porsche 911 Turbo, and a 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo. Among the collection, the 2014 car is clearly “his baby”, but he doesn’t readily admit it.
All of Brian’s cars are in perfect shape and all are perfectly maintained.
Here are three of Brian’s six cars.
The Garage Gossip Group
Besides fantastic burger’s and a love of Porsches, Brian is the guy that created “the garage gossip group”. He and his friends meet once during the week and again on Saturday to talk about cars, especially Porsches. You will find them in Brian’s garage talking about the new cars in town, the latest Porsche Concours results, the best Porsche mechanics in town – the ones that are still around and those that have passed on. Any number of other car topics are discussed and debated.
I had the opportunity to meet Brian 4-5 years ago when time allowed for me to join his garage meetings on a regular basis. Now as then, the quality of conversation is first class and the people that attend the events are professionals well-known in local automotive circles.
Thank you, Brian, for showing us your prides-and-joys in our first LSRPCA Member Spotlight.