All photos: [Gary R Wise]
Lucille's, in the Museum District from chef Chris Williams and his brother Ben is opening very soon. The restaurant is named after their great grandmother, Lucille Bishop Smith, whose legacy includes creating the nation's first hot roll mix, establishing one of the first commercial food and technology departments on the college level (at Prairie View A&M) and publishing a cookbook.
Chris took the time between catering gigs and overseeing restaurant construction to do a quick Q&A with Eater Houston about the restaurant.
What is the estimated opening date?
How would you describe the menu?
Southern comfort food with some European and Asian influences.
How would you describe the atmosphere?
Cozy, sexy, modern but comfortable..a perfect representation of the the neighborhood.
Will there be a bar? If so, what will you be serving?
Yes. Prohibition-era cocktails all scratch produced along with some organic and locally sourced ingredients.
Hours of operation?
Starting out, dinner service only. 5 - 10pm Tuesday thru Thurs. Open for lunch within six weeks. Brunch Saturday and Sundays 9am - 3pm.
Well, the whole concept is based on our great grandmother. She was a great chef who truly just wanted to do meaningful work...to serve her community in any way possible. That being said, like her, we want to work hard and do good solid work. The premise is based on doing honest unpretentious food and delivering impeccable service. Pork and beans anyone? We want to be the great neighborhood restaurant this area is so desperate for. We will feature a working garden in the backyard and plan to do neighborhood cook-outs twice a month.