The first Saltgrass Steak House opened in March of 1991 along the Katy Freeway (I-10) in Houston. It sits along the historic trail where cattle herders would drive their livestock south to graze on the salt grasses of the Texas Gulf Coast. Every year, as team of riders travel the trail before the opening of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo they pass by the original restaurant.
In September 2002, Tilman Fertitta, president, CEO and sole owner of Landry’s, Inc., announced his company had acquired Saltgrass Steak House, then a 24-unit chain, for $75 million. Fertitta moved the restaurant’s operations to Landry’s headquarters in the Uptown area of Houston.