Because taking over Atlanta's restaurant scene isn't enough, local culinary magnate Ford Fry continues to look beyond the state of Georgia. Fry is close to opening State of Grace, his first Houston restaurant, and now the Charleston City Paper confirms he'll set up shop in the Holy City's Cigar Factory building. Fry tells Eater Atlanta the restaurant will be another outpost for Superica, his Krog Street Market-based Tex-Mex concept.
Superica opened in the Inman Park development in February, a few months after Fry launched The El Felix, his first shot at Tex-Mex, in Alpharetta's Avalon development. The restaurateur has also opened Marcel and Bar Margot this year, and he plans to open BeetleCat in Inman Quarter next month.
In addition to his newest ventures, Fry's Rocket Farms Restaurants group operates JCT. Kitchen & Bar and The Optimist in Westside, King + Duke and St. Cecilia in Buckhead, and No. 246 in Decatur. Focusing on seafood, BeetleCat will serve as a more casual sister concept to The Optimist.
Charleston may be only the beginning: Fry wants to take his Tex-Mex fare to more cities throughout the Southeast.