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Chef Chris Shepherd’s Much-Anticipated Steakhouse Georgia James Debuts Tonight

It’s taking over the former Underbelly space

Ribeye steak at Georgia James Julie Soefer for Georgia James

Georgia James, the much-anticipated steakhouse from chef Chris Shepherd, will finally open its doors in Montrose tonight.

Shepherd’s newest eatery will take over the space formerly occupied by Underbelly at 1100 Westheimer Road, which recently underwent a six-month-long renovation. Originally, Georgia James announced that it would open in July, but it appears that construction on the space delayed the timeline for its debut. The newly-updated restaurant, designed by Collaborative Projects, features a brand new 22-foot zinc-topped bar, wine room with space for 6,000 bottles, and plenty of art deco inspiration, according to a press release. Shepherd’s hospitality group also acquired three pieces of work from Houston artist Floyd Newsum to adorn the walls of the dining room.

As far as the food is concerned, executive sous chef Greg Peters and Matt Coburn will oversee a menu of steaks that are seared in cast iron skillets or grilled over wood. Steakhouse classics like French onion soup and chicken liver pate will also be on the menu, along with dishes that appeared at One Fifth Steak, the original iteration of Shepherd’s rotating restaurant that inspired Georgia James, like 18-month country ham served with Redneck cheddar and pickled mustard seeds.

Georgia James takes over a space that proved transformative for Shepherd — Underbelly earned the chef a James Beard Award and helped thrust Houston into the national culinary spotlight. But, considering the success of One Fifth Steak, it’s not surprising that Shepherd would want to open a steak-focused restaurant. Last year, the chef told Eater that his industry colleagues called his decision to shut down the restaurant and transform it into One Fifth Romance Languages “fucking crazy.”

Georgia James will kick open the doors at 5 p.m. on Thursday. The restaurant will serve dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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