Modern elements meet Southern hospitality in the stunning new concept from Katie Barnhart and Nick Adair, the dynamic brother-sister duo behind popular Adair Kitchen (part of Adair Family Restaurant Group) that presents an eclectic vibe and menu reflective of the pair’s 93-year-old paternal grandmother and the restaurant’s namesake, Eloise.
Executive Chef Joseph Stayshich leads the kitchen with his renditions of Eloise’s traditional Texas southern recipes like chicken confit in dumplings, pickled devilled eggs, and sweet tea brined pork chops while one corner of the soapstone bar is anchored by a selection of fresh oysters (East Coast, West Coast, and Gulf in varying rotations).
Expansive walls of windows line three sides of the corner restaurant located on a quiet street between River Oaks District and Highland Village letting in copious amounts of natural light that complements the casual elegance designed by architect Isaac Perminger. Highlights include lush green wallpaper, bright brass accents, rich woods & wickers, and classic tile all of which the pair says is intended to create a "universally appealing environment suitable for every occasion."
Two walls of picture frames currently hold repeating images of Eloise Nichols herself with the plan of exchanging them with photos of guests over time. Barman Grant Walker heads up the beverage program, which features all the classics in a bar considerately designed to ensure space for lingering or mingling. Not to leave anyone out, the bar is affectionately called Bev’s Bar after the owners’ other grandmother.
Before you head to Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors tonight for dinner, step inside this brand new, swanky Southern stunner.