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Atlanta Chef Ford Fry Adding to His Houston Restaurant Empire

Fry has announced he’s opening a new bar in Space City

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Atlanta chef Ford Fry
Emily Schultz
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

Eater Houston reported Friday Atlanta restaurant empire builder chef Ford Fry is opening a new bar named La Lucha in the same location as the forthcoming Houston outpost of his popular Tex-Mex spot Superica. This is good news for Fry’s Atlanta following traveling to “Space City”.

His new Houston bar, which will be housed separately from Superica, will serve a “Gulf-centric”, Texas-inspired menu. Both the bar and restaurant are expected to open this spring. Fry, who grew up in Houston, also owns the chic oyster bar and restaurant State of Grace.

Fry opened his first Atlanta Superica at Krog Street Market in 2015, followed by Buckhead located in the former Outback Steakhouse on Roswell Road a year later. The chef also owns JCT Kitchen & Bar, Marcel, Beetlecat, The El Felix at the Battery and in Alpharetta, King + Duke, St. Cecilia, No. 246, and The Optimist.

no. 246

129 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, , GA 30030 (678) 399-8246 Visit Website

The Battery

1100 Circle 75 Pkwy., Atlanta, GA 30339

St. Cecilia

3455 Peachtree Road Northeast, , GA 30326 (404) 554-9995 Visit Website


605 Overton Street, , TN 37203 (615) 709-3148 Visit Website

The Optimist

1400 Adams Street, , TN 37208 (615) 709-3156 Visit Website

King + Duke

West Paces Ferry Road Northwest, , GA 30305 (404) 477-3500 Visit Website

Krog Street Market

99 Krog Street Northeast, , GA 30307 Visit Website

The El Felix

1130 1st Street, , GA 30009 (678) 248-5239 Visit Website


299 North Highland Avenue Northeast, , GA 30307 (678) 732-0360 Visit Website


1170 Howell Mill Road, , GA 30318 (404) 665-4555 Visit Website


90 Marietta Station Walk NE, Marietta, Marietta, GA 3006GA 30060 (678) 540-2777 Visit Website