The latest addition to Upper Kirby appears to be on track to open in the coming months. SaltAir Seafood Kitchen, the Clark Cooper Concepts (Ibiza, Brasserie 19, Punk's Simple Southern Foods) restaurant first announced last fall, is showing signs that it will open in the spring as opposed to its first projected summer opening date.
While restaurants and bars have dropped like flies in the astronomically priced Upper Kirby, construction on the former Landry-owned Pesce turned short-lived Brio Tuscan Grille restaurant space has been ongoing for a month now. A rendering of the 3029 Kirby Drive property was unveiled last month on Facebook and the restaurant's website is up and running.
Despite the unforeseen and still unexplainable shuttering of Coppa Ristorante Italiano, Charles Clark and Grant Cooper are pressing forward with their latest offering. The concept is "Santa Barbara yacht club meets Nikki Beach," according to Clark who provided a glimpse into what diners can expect in a fall interview with CultureMap. Expect a mix of East Coast, Spanish and Gulf Coast influences woven together coupled with friendly wine prices once the restaurant opens this spring.
Clark Cooper Concepts doesn't appear to resting on its laurels, launching Mobile Mug, its coffee shop on wheels a short time ago. With SaltAir Seafood Kitchen on the way, what else will the restaurant group venture into in the near future? Could it go the route of Lasco Enterprises and enter the Tex-Mex game? After running successful Spanish, Italian, French and Southern concepts, it wouldn't be surprising if that is the group's next step.