Back in May, Eater reported that State of Grace owner and restaurateur Ford Fry appeared to be plotting an expansion in Houston. Now, more details have emerged that point to plans to open a Tex-Mex restaurant in the Heights.
It was originally reported that Fry was considering taking over the location that formerly housed Bernadine’s, but a representative for the restaurant wouldn’t confirm whether or not that space had been secured. Now, a limited liability corporation for an entity called “Houston Heights TexMex, LLC” has been registered with the Texas Secretary of State by none other than Ford Fry Restaurants partner and chief financial officer Daniel Van Loh.
He might be bringing sand to the desert, but Fry is a Texas native with plenty of experience in cooking Tex-Mex. Ford Fry Restaurants currently operates a Tex-Mex restaurant called Superica, with two locations in Georgia and a third in the works for Charlotte, NC. Superica serves up a menu of Tex-Mex standards, including a version of the famed Bob Armstrong Dip from Matt’s El Rancho in Austin, fajitas, enchiladas, and San Antonio-style puffy tacos. Unfortunately, there aren’t any details connecting Superica to Houston just yet.
As far as location is concerned, rumors on the Houston Architecture Information Forum suggest that the mysterious Tex-Mex eatery could land at one of the buildings set aside for restaurant space at the forthcoming Heights Water Works development, near Ascension Coffee.
Eater has reached out to Ford Fry Restaurants for more details on this potential expansion. Stay tuned.