Confirming earlier rumors of a Texas expansion, Atlanta restaurateur Ford Fry will open a yet unnamed restaurant in Houston. CultureMap Houston reports that Fry, who grew up in Houston, will open a restaurant in the River Oaks neighborhood as soon as early 2015. Combining a former beignet shop, dry cleaners, and Subway to create the restaurant space, look for the new spot to feature an oyster bar and "wood-burning cooking elements." Says Fry: "The food will be what we love: American that's inspired by the many influences Texas has, from the Gulf to the Hill Country and possibly even South Texas."
The announcement of Fry's first Texas project comes on the heels of the opening of St. Cecilia— his latest restaurant in Atlanta. Plans are also underway for a "Mexican-influenced restauarant" in Alpharetta's forthcoming Avalon mixed-use development; Superica, a "Mex-Tex" concept at intown marketplace Krog Street Market; and a sister restaurant to already-open seafood-centric The Optimist. Could the new Houston restaurant be the beginning of an Atlanta-style Ford Fry empire in the Lone Star State?
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