Houston-born and Atlanta-based restaurateur Ford Fry is returning to his hometown next year. Fry told CultureMap that he has settled on the River Oaks strip center across from Lamar High School for his new outpost. Fry will convert the former Subway, Crescent City Beignets and neighboring dry-cleaning shop into one massive restaurant space for a project he plans to debut in early 2015. This shouldn't come as a surprise, since Fry told Eater back in 2012 that he was eyeing Houston to expand his growing restaurant empire, saying, "it's our number one choice as far as our secondary city."
As for the food at his upcoming Houston eatery, Fry will serve "American that's inspired by the many influences Texas has, from the Gulf to the Hill Country and possibly even South Texas." That doesn't mean that he's shutting down any places in Atlanta, as Eater Atlanta reports, the owner of that city's The Optimist and just-opened St. Cecilia will continue to expand in that city, even as he gears up for his Houston debut.
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