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Houston Reels in a Flying Fish Location

The Dallas-based catfish chain will open up shop in the Heights

Lots of kitsch at Flying Fish
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It’s time to start digging in the closet for that circa-2001 Big Mouth Billy Bass. Long-standing Dallas chain Flying Fish, home of the “the world’s first Billy Bass Adoption Wall,” is opening its first Houston outpost this fall.

The Houston Business Journal reports that Flying Fish will open up shop in the Heights at North Durham and West 19th Street. The 4,000-square-foot restaurant will offer outdoor seating on a patio and a screened-in porch. The Flying Fish Houston location will open up in what was formerly the Houston Tire Shop.

“Everyone wants to know why we decided to come to Houston,” Flying Fish co-founder Shannon Wynne said in a press release. “The building spoke to me.”

The fast-casual fish joint serves up baskets of whole catfish or filets with fries and hushpuppies, along with fare like shrimp, crab legs, oysters, po’boys, and gumbo. Anyone who donates that aforementioned Big Mouth Billy Bass plastic toy will receive a free catfish basket along with immortality via a wall plaque on the Billy Bass Adoption Wall.