From a morning coffee and an afternoon snack to an interesting gift or box lunch en route to takeoff, Launch offers a sophisticated and thoughtfully edited gourmet, grab-and-go option with café seating in the Royal Sonesta Houston’s bustling lobby. The boutique-style space beckons discovery with an array of sweet and savory treats, an outpost of New Orleans’ based PJ’s Coffee, specialty items from local purveyors and basic sundries.
Catering to the discerning tastes and hectic schedules of its global clientele and neighbors, Launch provides a multitude of internationally inspired and locally sourced, fresh and flavorful dining choices, including vegan and gluten-free alternatives. Menu highlights include pre-prepared, mix and match sandwich/wrap and side combinations plus salads, in addition to made-to-order paninis and smoothies. Patisserie selections range from breakfast danishes and individual pastries to entire cakes by special request.
With Launch, the Royal Sonesta proudly introduced PJ’s Coffee to Houston. A mainstay throughout New Orleans, where the company was founded and coffee was first welcomed in 1720, PJ’s Coffee prides itself on its Fair Trade certification, sustainability focus and use of 100% Arabica species beans selected from the top 1% of the eight-million tons of coffee harvested each year. Patrons have a choice of three brewing methods, including espresso, hot drip and cold drip, as well as an assortment of high grown teas. Launch also sells a variety of PJ’s Coffee k-cup varieties, which can be enjoyed in-room or on the road.
Beyond food, Launch is much more than just a stop for toothpaste and Tylenol. Visitors can find a small but engaging selection of locally sourced gift items.