By late summer, BRG Hospitality plans to open its first restaurant in Houston. The eatery is called Eunice, and it will also be the first new property for the New Orleans-based restaurant group since celebrity chef John Besh stepped down from as its helm and the company was renamed.
Plans for Eunice were first announced nearly two years ago when BRG Hospitality was called the Besh Restaurant Group. It was initially slated to open last fall. The status of those plans had been an open question since Hurricane Harvey struck Houston and the restaurant’s parent company underwent an upheaval following allegations of sexual harassment against Besh.
The Houston Chronicle first reported on the updated plans. BRG confirmed the plans in a statement.
Eunice is pitched as a “Cajun-Creole brasserie.” It’s named for a town in central Acadiana known for its strong embrace of Cajun traditions, especially music and food culture. It’s also the hometown of chef Drake Leonards, who is the executive chef and partner at Eunice. Leonards was previously executive chef of the BRG bistro Lüke in downtown New Orleans.
Eunice is taking shape at 3737 Buffalo Speedway, a new office development in Houston’s Greenway Plaza area.
When it opens it will be BRG’s first restaurant outside of New Orleans.
The company previously had a restaurant in Nashville, called the Marsh House. But late last year this was spun off to a new company, QED Hospitality, which also now runs Jack Rose and other venues in the Pontchartrain Hotel. Besh’s company also previously had a Baltimore location of its modern taqueria Johnny Sánchez, in partnership with chef Aarón Sánchez. This closed in 2017.
BRG Hospitality has been led since October by Shannon White, who is now CEO. In April, she named a new chef de cuisine for Domenica, the company's downtown Italian restaurant.
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